DWR as a Fail Organization

David Zetland:

This presentation [PDF] from California’s Department of Water Resources undermines unintentionally their claim to responsibility, competency and/or adequacy.

First is the fact that 81 taf of 612 taf of water transfers passed through the DWR-managed drought water bank. Thirteen percent isn’t very good, and here’s why they failed (no market solutions). FAIL.

Second is their “plan” for drought in 2010. Besides “pray for rain” (somehow omitted), they are hoping that the 20% by 2020 program and a website are going to promote water conservation (but no price solutions). FAIL.

Third is Lester Snow’s support of Schwarzenegger’s plan for more dams.* He sounds a lot less like a competent bureaucrat and a lot more like a political lapdog. Hey! The Gov is a lameduck! Can we get some professionalism here!??! FAIL.

Bottom Line: DWR is not managing our water resources. That sucks, since they have a monopoly on our water policy. (I am not even getting into groundwater!)

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Comment: Arnold can’t leave fast enough.

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DWR Increases Water Allocations to 45%

Late season storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase final 2010 State Water Project allocations to 45% of requested amounts, up from the 40% announced on May 4.

The department cautioned, however, that the allocation will leave communities, farms and businesses in many parts of the state with limited supplies.

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Audit of state water agency wins approval

STOCKTON – Three local legislators got their wish for an audit of the state agency that has received billions of dollars in voter-approved bond funds and would receive billions more if a water-bond measure passes in November.

On Wednesday, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee agreed to look into how the Department of Water Resources has managed more than $15 billion in bond funds allocated to the department in the past decade.

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