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Ag Annual Update - Ag Annual Update Form (.doc 72k)

Bureau of Reclamation Criteria

2005 Standard Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans
The Bureau of Reclamation has revised the criteria for evaluating water conservation plans required by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992. The act specifies that these criteria are to be used to evaluate plans prepared by Central Valley Project contractors to meet the water conservation requirements of the 1982 Reclamation Reform Act. The plans must meet the criteria established by the Bureau of Reclamation. The act requires revision of the criteria every three years and this was the fourth revision of the criteria 2005 Final Comments on Criteria.

2004 Refuge Criteria (.pdf 84k)
The Bureau of Reclamation has created the Refuge Criteria in order to provide a common methodology or standard for efficient use of water by Federal Wildlife Refuges, State wildlife management areas and resource conservation Districts that receive water under provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA). Refuges that entered into water supply contracts with Reclamation, as a result of the CVPIA and subsequent Department of the Interior administrative review process (Administrative Proposal), are required to prepare Refuge Water Management Plans using the Refuge Criteria.   Final Comments for 2004 Refuge Criteria (.pdf 50k)


Sacramento Valley Regional Water Management Plan

Interactive Graphic - click to access the 123MB documentThe Sacramento Valley Regional Water Management Plan (Regional Plan) was prepared by the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, in accordance with the Regional Criteria for Evaluating Water Management Plans for the Sacramento River Contractors. 

The Regional Plan was developed to provide regional, sub-basin and district specific water use, supply, and facility information to support improved water management.  In addition to implementing the Regional Plan, each participating district or company continues to encourage and implement smaller-scale, local water management activities and improvements.

Central Valley Project Improvement Act
The Central Valley Project Improvement Act of 1992 for the first time committed Reclamation to providing substantial amounts of water for environmental management, with stipulations from Congress that this supply should be assured through greater efficiencies in farm and urban use. The CVPIA was a significant building block toward achieving the Bay-Delta Accord and the CALFED program of intergovernmental coordination in Bay-Delta watershed management.  CVPIA (.doc 119k)

Conservation Connection Newsletters

Mid-Pacific Region Annual Reports


  Project Reports

Cal Poly ITRC Evaluation of Small Scale Area Measurement Techniques
One example of research that supports the urban BMPs is the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) project. In order to implement BMP Number Five, districts will need to measure their irrigated landscape acreage and develop a water budget accordingly. ITRC has tested five different measurement methodologies and the associated technology. Their report includes information about the cost, challenges, and real experience with the different methods.

Contra Costa Water District Landscape Measurement Program
This district conducted an on-the-ground and in-the-air analysis of landscape measurement techniques. They compared the results of high tech remote sensing aerial measurement equipment to as-built drawing scanning and a hand measurement method. The district compared the accuracy and cost of the three different methods. This report complements the work performed by ITRC.

Yolo County Resource Conservation District Pilot Program 2001
The Yolo County Resource Conservation District undertook a one-year pilot program funded by the CALFED Water Use Efficiency Program from December 2000 through December 2001. This report contains the results of the study and provides a thorough analysis of the water quality benefits of practices that the District has long promoted.

Reclamation Reform Act

This document forms the foundation in statutory and administrative law for water conservation efforts: With the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982, Congress broadened Reclamation's empowerment from building and managing waterworks on the supply side, to also making sure federal water was being put to reasonable and beneficial use on the demand side. This hefty body of law covers a lot of topics. Browse the section titles for the items of interest, and then click on any frame you wish to print before choosing the print command.


USBR Drought Handbook

Water Management Planning