This chart summarizes Central Valley Project south-of-Delta deliveries between 1985 and 2010. The line at the top that represents 3,488,246 acre-feet, the total amount of “annual contract entitlements” reported by the Bureau that are delivered south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
As you can see, there is a substantial gap between the amounts that represent deliveries to contractors during this period and the original “annual entitlements” claimed by the parties to the CVP water service contracts. The average gap between contract “entitlements” and actual deliveries south of the Delta is paper water. This paper water exceeds 1.119 million acre-feet per year among the south-of-Delta CVP contractors.