Tag Archive: Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Dec 19 2014

Early morning news flash … Pumps dropped from Bay Delta Conservation Plan

This one’s too good to wait for the Daily Digest later this morning …  From the Sacramento Bee: “The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another major design change aimed at appeasing local residents: The three intakes planned on the Sacramento River will no longer require pumps. The project, …

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Nov 24 2014

This just in … State Water Project contract negotiations set to begin over proposed BDCP amendments

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today it will begin negotiations with State Water Project (SWP) Contractors in December on proposed amendments that would modify SWP water supply contracts. DWR Director Mark Cowin said the public will be invited to observe the negotiations in person and to listen …

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Nov 15 2014

Metropolitan Water District, Restore the Delta, and the State Water Contractors react to release of BDCP financing report

There really wasn’t much of a reaction to the report on BDCP funding that was released on Friday. (You can read the press release here, and the media call transcript here.) Here’s are the statements I have received, listed by organization name in alphabetical order.  I’ll continue to add any other statements from agencies or …

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Nov 14 2014

Media call on latest BDCP Affordability and Financing Considerations report, plus a brief update on when to expect the recirculated BDCP docs

This morning, the California Natural Resources Agency held a media call regarding the release of the report, The Bay Delta Conveyance Facility: Affordability and Financing Considerations.  On the call today was Karla Nemeth, policy advisor to Governor Brown on water and also the lead on the BDCP, Tim Gage, former finance director for the State …

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Nov 14 2014

California Treasurer’s Office Releases Report on BDCP Affordability and Financing; Urban and Agricultural Users Have Capacity to Pay Their Share of Costs

From the California Natural Resources Agency: The California State Treasurer’s Office released The Bay Delta Conveyance Facility: Affordability and Financing Considerations, a study of affordability for the water facility construction proposed in the Public Review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). This independent study, requested by the California Natural Resources Agency, was commissioned by the California …

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Nov 12 2014

Tunnel opponents call on Gov. Brown to abandon doomed BDCP Delta tunnels; say EPA, agencies’ criticisms are unresolvable

From Restore the Delta, this press release: Restore the Delta (RTD), Friends of the River (FOR) and California Water Impact Network (C-WIN), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today outlined the looming fight over the BDCP tunnels. The …

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Oct 01 2014

Divvying up the costs of the twin tunnels: Metropolitan Committee is updated on the BDCP’s cost allocation discussions

At the September 23rd meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Metropolitan Manager Steve Arakawa updated the committee on the status of the cost allocation discussions for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). These discussions focus on how the costs will apportioned between the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project, …

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Sep 29 2014

Director Mark Cowin updates Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Committee on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and addresses EPA’s comments, plus Randy Fiorini of the Delta Stewardship Council on the Council’s five priorities

The latest information on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan took center stage at the September 23rd meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta. The meeting began with a presentation by Mark Cowin, Director of the Department of Water Resources, who updated the Committee the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and how the …

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Sep 26 2014

Jerry Meral and Jonas Minton debate the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

At the September 18th meeting of the Harry S. Truman Democratic Club in Sacramento, the program featured former Deputy Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency Jerry Meral and the Planning and Conservation League’s Jonas Minton debating the Bay Delta Conservation Plan in a lively back and forth moderated by Lisa Buetler, the Executive Facilitator …

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Sep 10 2014

Congressman Ami Bera backs bill blocking funding for twin tunnels (BDCP)

From Congressman Ami Bera: Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. introduced a bill today with his colleagues Congressmen Jerry McNerney and John Garamendi to block FY 2015 federal funds from being used for California’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). California has asked the federal government to contribute nearly $4 billion to help it implement the BDCP. “The BDCP …

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Aug 29 2014

Reactions: Tunnel opponents and legislators respond to BDCP delay, EPA comments

From the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance: BDCP on Life Support; Prognosis Poor: Delay unlikely to enable BDCP to recover from congenital terminal illness: “The controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that proposes to construct two 35-mile long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to divert Sacramento River water to agricultural plantations in the deserts of …

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Aug 29 2014

Early morning news flash: EPA says Bay Delta Conservation Plan could violate federal law

Today’s top story in the Sacramento Bee: EPA says California’s Delta water tunnel project could violate federal law:  “The pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment …

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Aug 27 2014

This just in … Lead Agencies to Publish Partially Recirculated Draft BDCP, EIR/EIS, and Implementing Agreement

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan website: “The Department of Water Resources and the other state and federal agencies leading the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will publish a Recirculated Draft BDCP, Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), and Implementing Agreement (IA) in early 2015. The agencies are currently reviewing the comments received through the public comment period …

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Jul 31 2014

News Worth Noting: State Water Contractors and the Nature Conservancy on the BDCP; Water in the West’s new website on California groundwater

BDCP Comment Period closes: Leading Business Organizations Submit BDCP Comment Letters Stating the Project is a Necessary Investment in the Future of California’s Economy: “The public comment period for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDC) concluded yesterday. California business leaders and organizations submitted comment letters stressing that the plan is a necessary investment in protecting …

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Jul 30 2014

Metropolitan Bay-Delta Committee hears a science update on the longfin smelt

At the July 22 meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal Resource Manager, discussed the cooperative studies that are underway with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and UC Davis to develop more understanding of some basic questions about the longfin smelt. The longfin smelt in the Bay-Delta are …

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