April 27, 2023

For the first time in more than 15 years, State Water Project produces 100% allocation

Snowmelt runoff flowing into the American River in April 2023, courtesy of the Department of Water Resources.

The state Department of Water Resources expects to deliver 100% of requested water supplies, thanks to reservoirs nearing capacity and snowmelt runoff. The last time the allocation reached 100% was in 2006.

"We are not taking these improved conditions for granted. We are storing as much water as possible in every storage account we have – from Diamond Valley Lake to groundwater banking programs across the state," said Metropolitan General Manager Adel Hagekhalil. "The reality is that dry conditions could return as early as next year. And the future of our Colorado River supplies is also uncertain. We cannot let our guard down." Read his full statement.

DWR's fourth snow survey of the season on April 3 recorded a 221% of average snow depth at Phillips Station. Statewide the snowpack measured 237% of average on that date, making it one of the largest ever in state history.

Metropolitan issues statement on release of draft SEIS for near-term Colorado River operations

Lake Mead, courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation.

The Bureau of Reclamation released on April 11 a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for near-term operations of the Colorado River. The SEIS considers three alternatives. Written comments on the draft SEIS should be submitted by May 30.

“The alternatives released today by Reclamation underscore the need for the Basin states to work together to develop collaborative solutions to protect the Colorado River and its infrastructure. Based on our initial assessment of the draft SEIS, neither of the action alternatives presented today is ideal. Both include significant supply cuts that would hurt Metropolitan and our partners across the Basin. There is a better way to manage the river," said General Manager Hagekhalil. Read his full statement.

Metropolitan releases inaugural report outlining progress on Climate Action Plan

Metropolitan released its inaugural Climate Action Plan report on Tuesday (April 25), detailing its progress over the past year on measures designed to help the district achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.

Adopted by Metropolitan’s 38-member board in May 2022, the CAP outlines 42 greenhouse gas reduction measures to help Metropolitan reach its target, and also requires annual public reporting on progress on meeting those goals. The inaugural report highlights achievements on these measures from May-December 2022, including the total amount of non-functional turf removed, progress switching to cleaner electricity purchases and development of a plan to replace fossil-fuel vehicles.

“This progress was achieved through the hard work and dedication of groups across Metropolitan,” said Chief Sustainability, Resilience and Innovation Officer Liz Crosson. “I am proud of our team of sustainability champions helping us deliver on our commitment to find solutions that benefit people, nature and the climate.” Read the press release.

Metropolitan conservation advertising campaign hits “big screen” on world’s largest digital billboard

The Reef

Watch video of our conservation message in downtown Los Angeles.

Earlier this month, Metropolitan launched its latest round of conservation advertising on the world’s largest digital billboard to amplify the critical need for Southern Californians to continue saving water.

The 40,000-square-foot digital billboard titled “The Reef” in downtown Los Angeles showcases messages encouraging consumers and businesses to adopt long-lasting and sustainable water-saving habits, like turning off sprinklers during storms, investing in water-use monitoring technology, fixing leaks quickly, and using more water-efficient fixtures. 

In addition, campaign advertising is featured on 188 transit shelters and on streaming audio, Connected TV and social media across Metropolitan’s six-county service area. Read the press release

Metropolitan's partnership continues in the Palo Verde Valley

From left to right: Blythe Mayor Joseph “Joey” DeConinck with Metropolitan's Jason Rollo.

Metropolitan has a long-standing partnership with the Palo Verde Irrigation District through its fallowing program, which is a part of the district's commitment to finding innovative ways to expand its water resource portfolio and promote the reliability of Colorado River supplies.

Metropolitan's presence and involvement in the community extends beyond the fallowing program. District representatives recently participated in the 65th Annual Palo Verde Community Outlook Conference to talk about important community matters impacting the Palo Verde region.

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