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Arthur Hinojosa

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Chief, Hydrology and Flood Operat...

Local Address:  Sacramento , California , United States
California Department of Water Resources

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San Francisco Estuary Partnership » Keeping the Salt Field at Bay, 4 Aug 2014 [cached]
says the Department of Water Resource's Art Hinojosa - who used to work with Burau on interagency teams tasked with overseeing delta water operations.
When Hinojosa was in charge of making sure the state water project complied with various permits and standards, he had a lot more water to work with: "It's been very, very, very dry. Even though this last storm was a good shot in the arm, we're still far, far behind where we would normally be."
While Hinojosa's group surveys the snowpack, with the help of a state wide network that produces a new forecast every month, Burau's team tracks what little is left to trickle through the delta, and most of this monitoring is automated.
So even though there was no high flood threat from river flows or from tidal action with these recent storms, there is always lingering concern that something could go wrong and you could lose a delta island with very little warning, or at least without any other precipitating event," says Hinojosa.
As this issue went to press, Burau was running scenarios and Hinojosa was trying? to take a day off with family in between days of being on call to monitor the state of the state's freshwater supply: "When there's less snow and less water, everyone wants to count every drop as soon as it lands.
CONTACT: Jon Burau or Arthur Hinojosa
Metro & Regional News - Rivers' flow has room for Sierra snow - [cached]
Arthur Hinojosa, who keeps track of water in all its weather forms across California, predicted winter soon would come to an end in the mountains:
"This warm weather will start the snowmelt in earnest," said Hinojosa, chief of the state Department of Water Resources' hydrology branch.
With highs reaching into the upper 80s in the Valley on Thursday, another time of year also is coming to a close in Sacramento: flood season.
> Typically, flood season runs from the first of November through about mid- April, Hinojosa said; this year, heavy storms continued right up to Easter, and the threat along the San Joaquin River has lingered.
Sacramentals need not fear a flood from all the melting snow, Hinojosa said.Reservoirs and river channels in the Sacramento River system, which includes the American and Feather rivers, have plenty of space for conveying the oncoming water flows.
"Even at its fastest, snow melting rarely equates to the pattern of runoff in a large rainstorm," he said.
The greater concern lies farther south, along the San Joaquin River system.There, both reservoirs and river channels are smaller and cannot convey as much water; that causes high flows to press against the levees, which brings greater risk of failure.But even with the Sierra snow beginning to melt, the flows are expected to stay at manageable levels as long as no major storm systems materialize.
As fields dry out and farmers begin planting spring crops, reservoir operators for both the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers will be able to divert more water toward irrigation needs, which will further relieve river channels, Hinojosa said.
Sacramento River Watershed Program - News, 1 Feb 2008 [cached]
"California's snow pack is in good shape with statewide average water content just over the normal April 1 peak," said DWR Hydrology Branch Chief Arthur Hinojosa.
News - Story Page, 27 April 2006 [cached]
But, DWR Hydrology Branch Chief Arthur Hinojosa says "analyses to date have given operators confidence that all reservoirs should be able to accommodate this season's snowmelt without increasing downstream river flows beyond that recently experienced."
DWR, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is helping coordinate reservoir operations with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Turlock Irrigation District and Merced Irrigation District.The agencies are conferring weekly or daily as needed to discuss snowpack conditions, snowmelt runoff forecasts, reservoir inflow forecasts, downstream river levels, and irrigation demands."This collaborate effort," says Hinojosa, "will provide reservoir operators with the most up-to-date hydrologic analyses of the basin to insure public safety and provide for the other multiple uses afforded by these facilities."
"From a snowpack perspective, we haven't ..., 2 May 2007 [cached]
"From a snowpack perspective, we haven't seen the mountains this dry at this time of year since about 1989 or 1990," said Arthur Hinojosa, DWR chief hydrologist.
But Hinojosa said recent environmental reforms require dam operators to release more water for fish and wildlife, meaning there may be less to bank behind dams for people.
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