6/14/2021

10 Day Northern California Precipitation Forecast: No precipitation expected over the next 10 days.

 

From CDEC: Precipitation to date for water year 2020-2021 - As of 6/14/2021:

Northern Sierra Precipitation Index: 23.1" = 46% of average for this date

San Joaquin Precipitation Index: 18.3" = 47% of average for this date

Tulare Basin Precipitation Index: 9.6" = 35% of average for this date

 

From CDEC: Average statewide snow water equivalents as of 6/1/2021:

North: 0.2" = 5% of normal for this date

Central: 0.0" = 0% of normal for this date

South: 0.0" = 0% of normal for this date

Statewide: 0.1" = 0% of normal for this date

 

River Flows (Current and estimated future flow rates from NOAA's California Nevada River Forecast Center and CDEC)

Sacramento River (I Street Bridge/Freeport Bridge)

The 6/13 daily average reported 6,235 cfs and is expected to remain about the same through 6/19.

Feather River (at Boyd's Landing)

The Feather is currently reporting 2,682 cfs and is expected to remain about the same through 6/19.

San Joaquin River (near Vernalis)

The San Joaquin is reporting 1,368 cfs and is expected to remain about the same through 6/19.

 

Delta Cross Channel Gate Operation (From the USBR website)

Posted: 6/10/2021

Delta Cross Channel Gates will remain closed until further notice.

Comment: Water Quality/Drought

PLEASE NOTE: GATES MAY NEED TO BE CLOSED WITH SHORT NOTICE IF A FISHERY CONCERN IS IDENTIFIED.

 

EC and Bromide - Banks Pumping Plant, Jones Pumping Plant, Clifton Court Forebay (EC only), San Joaquin River at Vernalis, Gianelli Pumping Plant, Sacramento River at Hood (EC only)

No major changes expected over the coming week since area flows are expected to remain the same as they are now. The False River drought barrier is being installed which will help keep salinity out of the central Delta. Todays Delta Total Outflow Index reported 3,700 cfs which is up from 2,300 a week or so ago. Higher outflow means less seawater intrusion.

Banks: EC - 573 uS/cm, Br - 0.33 mg/L, 10 Days ago: 557 uS/cm and 0.28 mg/L

Jones Daily Average: EC - 550 uS/cm, Br 0.30 10 days ago: 505 uS/cm, 0.32 mg/L

Clifton Court Forebay Daily Average: EC - 591 uS/cm, 10 days ago: 544 uS/cm

Vernalis: EC 143 uS/cm, Br - < 0.05 mg/L, 10 days ago: 188 uS/cm and Br 0.05 mg/L

Gianelli: EC - 534 uS/cm, Br 0.25 mg/L, 10 days ago: 540 uS/cm and 0.27

Hood: EC - 143 uS/cm, 10 days ago: 164 uS/cm

 

Organic Carbon, TOC, and DOC - Banks Pumping Plant, Jones Pumping Plant, San Joaquin River at Vernalis, Gianelli Pumping Plant, Sacramento River at Hood

The carbon analyzers at Banks, Jones and Vernalis were brought in for their annual maintenance and calibration. The units from Banks and Jones passed their verification but the Vernalis unit did not. A service engineer from the manufacturer will be back to troubleshoot and re-attempt the verification process for the Vernalis analyzer. Two brand-new SUEZ (Sievers) M5310C analyzers were purchased and have both been calibrated and verified. One of the new units will be installed at Banks and the second one at Gianelli. Aside from Vernalis, all the analyzers will be reinstalled within the next two weeks depending on availability of staff who are on discrete runs this week.

Banks: TOC =? mg/L, DOC =? mg/L 14 days ago: 5.4, 5.3

Jones: TOC =? mg/L, DOC =? mg/L 10 days ago: 4.6, 4.5

Vernalis: TOC =? mg/L, DOC =? mg/L 10 days ago: 1.8, 1.8

Gianelli: TOC = 3.5 mg/L, DOC = 3.4 mg/L 10 days ago: 3.4, 3.3

Hood: TOC = 1.7 mg/L, DOC = 1.5 mg/L 10 days ago: 1.7, 1.6

 

Daily Average Pumping: 6/4 through 6/13

Banks Pumping Plant ... ranged between 91 cfs and 750 cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was 750 cfs.

Jones Pumping Plant ... ranged between zero cfs and 803 cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was zero cfs.

Gianelli Pumping Plant ... discharge generation (San Luis Reservoir water moving out of the reservoir into O'Neill Forebay) ranged between 1,074 cfs and 4,714 cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was 1,725 cfs. Discharge pumping (O'Neill Forebay water moving into San Luis Reservoir) ranged between zero cfs and zero cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was zero cfs.

O'Neill Pumping Plant (Federal CVP) ... discharge generation (O'Neill Forebay water moving into the DMC) varied between 931 cfs and 1,657 cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was 990 cfs. Discharge pumping (DMC water moving into O'Neill Forebay) ranged between zero cfs and zero cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was zero cfs.

Dos Amigos Pumping Plant ... ranged between 1,252 cfs and 1,923 cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was 1,252 cfs.

South Bay Pumping Plant ... ranged between 11 cfs and 173 cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was 150 cfs.

Barker Slough Pumping Plant ... ranged between 77 cfs and 128 cfs over the time period. The 6/13 average was 121 cfs.

 

 

Status of the Temporary Barriers as of June 10, 2021:

 

Head of Old River Barrier

DWR does not plan to construct the Spring or Fall Head of Old River Barrier this year.  

 

Middle River Barrier

Construction of the barrier and in-water work started on May 1, 2021.  The installation of the culverts on the north abutment was completed on May 8, 2021.  The barrier was partially closed, and all gates are tied open on May 12, 2021 at 4:45 PM.  The barrier was fully closed, and all gates were released to tidal operation on May 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM.  The in-water installation work was completed on May 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM.  Construction was completed on June 2, 2021 at 3:00 PM.

 

Old River near Tracy Barrier

Mobilization to install the barrier started on May 8, 2021.  The in-water work started on May 10, 2021.  The boat ramp was completed on 5/22/2021.  The barrier was closed on May 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM with one flap gate tied open and the remaining 8 flap gates operating tidally. The remaining flap gate was released on June 1, 2021 at 3:30 PM.  The in-water installation work was completed on May 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM.  Construction was completed on June 3, 2021 at 3:00 PM.  Boat portage is available from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. 

 

Grant Line Canal Barrier

Mobilization to install the barrier started on May 1, 2021.  The in-water work started on May 3, 2021.  The boat ramp was completed on 5/21/2021.  The barrier was fully closed on May 27, 2021 at 12:30 PM with one flap gate tied open and the remaining 5 flap gates operating tidally. The remaining flap gate was released on June 1, 2021 at 10:30 AM.   The in-water installation work was completed on May 27, 2021 at 12:30 PM.  Construction was completed on June 2, 2021 at 10:00 AM.  Boat portage is available from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day, including weekends.

 

Environmental Compliance

As required by the environmental permits, pre-construction surveys have been conducted in advance of mobilization and construction.  Environmental monitors are present during all phases of construction including the in-water work.  Environmental education was provided to the crew members.  Required discreet turbidity and dissolved oxygen monitoring data were collected during the in-water work phase of the construction.  

 

Water Temperature

Monitoring of water temperature at the San Joaquin River at Mossdale Bridge station (MSD) is being conducted as part of the National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion on Long-term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project which states, Barriers would include at least one culvert open to allow for fish migration when water temperatures are less than 71.6F (22C).  The daily average temperature at MSD exceeded 71.6F (22C) and was observed for three consecutive days on May 29, 30, and 31, satisfying the criteria to release the remaining flap gates to tidal operation.

 

Water Level Modeling

Modeling was conducted for the simulation period from June 8, 2021 through June 28, 2021. DWR will continue to monitor and report water levels and conditions.

 

Real-time south Delta water level data is available on CDEC at the URL below:

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/southdeltaStages.html

 

Water Level Complaints

The following section summarizes an ongoing list of water level complaints received during the year 2021:

  Low water level complaints were received on March 23 at Middle River.

  Low water level complaints were received on March 29 at Old River.

  Low water level complaints were received on March 29 at Middle River at Wood Irrigation Company.

  Low water level complaints were received on April 30 at Middle River near Undine Road bridge.

  Low water level complaints were received on May 6, 22 and 24 at Tom Paine Slough.