Critical Drought Protection Measures Approved

Critical Drought Protection Measures Approved

Casitas MWD Critical Drought Protection Measures (CDPM) have been approved and are now in effect. After 2 years of negotiations, Casitas has received final approval to the proposed CDPM. With several years of drought conditions shrinking water local supplies, Casitas has been proactively looking for ways to secure its water supply. This in turn has placed them in the center of negotiations with both State and Federal Agencies over when, and how much, water they can divert from the Ventura River. On average, the diversions account for about 1/3 of water entering Lake Casitas. The approved CDPM are designed as temporary measures to ensure that fish flow operations at the Robles Facility minimize effects on Lake Casitas water storage during a critical long-term drought period and avoid adversely affecting endangered steelhead and its critical habitat. Estimates are that these measures will result on average in an additional 200 acre-feet per Biological Opinion for the Robles Diversion Fish Passage Facility defined storm.  

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