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The Central Valley Project (CVP) is a federal water project undertaken by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1935 as a long-term plan to use water in California's Central Valley. It was designed to move some of the abundant water supply of the northern end of the Central Valley to the dry southern end. The goals of the CVP were water and hydroelectric power for farms, flood control, improved navigability of the Sacramento River, and the development of water supplies for cities and towns of the Central Valley. The United States Bureau of Reclamation (Formerly the United States Reclamation Service) is a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior which oversees water development projects in the western United States. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The California Central Valley The California Central Valley dominates the central portion of the state of California. ... Hydroelectric Reservoir Vianden, Luxembourg (tower) Hydroelectric Reservoir Vianden, Luxembourg Hydroelectricity is electricity obtained from hydropower. ... A spring at the Sacramento River headwater The Sacramento River is the longest river in the state of California. ...


The project has been implemented through the construction of dams and water delivery canals.


Because of dredging and dam building, the project has taken a toll on the environment. Much of the wildlife and riparian habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Central Valley has been destroyed. Salmon (especially Chinook salmon) have been adversely impacted because they cannot reach upstream spawning grounds due to dams and water diversions. Dredging is the process by which either new waterways are created or existing waterways are deepened. ... Scrivener Dam, in Canberra, Australia, was engineered to withstand a once-in-5000-years flood event A dam is a barrier across flowing water that obstructs, directs or retards the flow, often creating a reservoir, lake or impoundment. ... A riparian zone schematic from the Everglades. ... The Sacramento Delta. ... The California Central Valley Part of the Valley as seen from overhead A typical Central Valley scene at ground level The California Central Valley is a large, flat valley that dominates the central portion of the state of California. ... Binomial name Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (Walbaum, 1792) The Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) (derived from Russian чавыча), is a species of anadromous fish in the salmon family. ...


Many CVP water users are represented by the Central Valley Project Water Association (CVPWA). CVPWA Logo The Central Valley Project Water Association (CVPWA) represents water users that have long-term contracts with the Bureau of Reclamation and receive their water from the Central Valley Project. ...


CVP components

Shasta dam with Shasta Lake behind it and Mt. ... Shasta Lake Shasta Lake is a reservoir created by the building of Shasta Dam in California, USA. Shasta Lake is the largest lake in California with a capacity of 4,552,000 acre-feet (5. ... Californias Delta-Mendota Canal is a 120-mile-long component of the Central Valley Project, a system of irrigation and hydroelectric canals and dams. ... A photo of Friant Dam taken in 2003. ...

External links

  • Central Valley Project Operations Office
  • Central Valley Project - summary
  • CVP - History
  • CVP - Effects on environment
  • Cool Photos of CVP canals

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Central Valley Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (248 words)
The Central Valley Project (CVP) is a federal water project undertaken by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1935 as a long-term plan to use water in California's Central Valley.
The goals of the CVP were water and hydroelectric power for farms, flood control, improved navigability of the Sacramento River, and the development of water supplies for cities and towns of the Central Valley.
Many CVP water users are represented by the Central Valley Project Water Association (CVPWA).
Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region (235 words)
The Central Valley Project (CVP) was originally conceived as a State project to protect the Central Valley from crippling water shortages and devastating floods.
The basic concept and facilities of today's massive project were included in the State Water Project formulated in the 1930's.
In the depression era, however, the State was unable to finance the project.
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