Central Valley Project and State Water Project 2016 Drought Contingency Plan For Water Project Operations



California Department of Water Resources (DWR)




This 2016 Drought Contingency Plan for the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) water operations from February to November 2016 includes a quantitative analysis of modeled hydrology for 2016 including 50%, 90%, and 99 % exceedance scenarios based on the January 1, 2016 hydrologic scenarios and potential operations based on these analyses. This plan aids in quantifying the magnitude of available reservoir water resources under various hydrologic scenarios. The primary goals of the plan are to achieve a balance between reservoir storage for water supply and resource conservation, meet essential human health and safety needs, manage the intrusion of salt water into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and provide and maintain adequate protections for State and Federal endangered and threatened species and other fish and wildlife resources.

Climate Impact Tags

Drought Snowpack

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 2: Assess Vulnerability Phase 3: Define Adaptation Framework and Strategies

Resource Type Tags

Assessment Planning and policy guidance


Extent: California


Last updated: May 21, 2024