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2021 Annual Report
2021 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

Communication and Collaboration


Water Authority Partners with Scripps to Optimize Water Management

In August 2020, the Water Authority began working with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego to better predict atmospheric rivers and improve water management before, during, and after those seasonal storms. The Scripps Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) launched the Water Affiliates Group, which brings together cutting-edge science and hands-on water industry experience to enhance reservoir operations in light of the changing climate. The Water Authority has had a long-running alliance with Scripps and was among six founding water agencies statewide.

CW3E is a leader in Forecast Informed Reservoir Operations, which uses data from watershed monitoring and modern weather and water forecasting to help water managers determine the best strategies for retaining or releasing water from reservoirs.

“This is a great example of how water agencies are stronger together by addressing major climate challenges that affect everyone across the arid West. By combining forces with some of the leading scientists in the world, we will enhance our planning capacity and be ready to adapt to whatever the future brings.”
Sandra L. Kerl
General Manager
Water Authority