Based upon this information, the following represents the initial CVP water supply outlook based on an average or better water year. For this initial outlook:

* Agricultural water service contractors North-of-Delta are being forecasted 100 percent of their contract supply of 443,000 acre-feet, while agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta are being forecasted 45 percent of their contract supply of 1.965 million acre-feet.

* Municipal and Industrial water service contractors North-of-Delta are being forecasted 100 percent of their contract supply and contractors South-of-Delta are forecasted to receive 75 percent of historic use.

* Sacramento River Settlement Contractors and Exchange Contractors, who receive their CVP water supply based upon a claimed pre-CVP water right, are being forecasted 100 percent of their contract supply of 2.2 million acre-feet and 800,000 acre-feet respectively.

* Wildlife refuges (Level 2) North- and South-of-Delta, whose allocations are based upon a pre-established inflow trigger to Shasta Reservoir, are being forecasted 100 percent of their contract supply of 422,000 acre-feet. 

* Friant Division contractors, whose water supply is delivered from Millerton Reservoir on the San Joaquin River, are being forecasted 100 percent of Class 1water and 15 percent of Class 2 out of a total contract quantity of 800,000 acre-feet and 1,400,000 acre-feet respectively.

* Eastside water service contractors and pre-CVP water rights contractors, whose water supply is delivered from New Melones Reservoir on the Stanislaus River, will be allocated their full contract supply of 155,000 acre-feet and 600,000 acre-feet respectively.  

The first forecast provided by this outlook will be followed by an official water allocation announcement of Water Year 2011 for the CVP which is planned for mid-February, as required by contract terms. Water supply updates will then be made monthly or more often as appropriate and will be posted on Reclamation’s website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water.  

For additional information on this Water Supply Outlook, please visit http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water or contact the Mid-Pacific Region’s Office of Public Affairs at 916-978-5100 (TTY 916-978-5608) or e-mail mppublicaffairs@usbr.gov.