Tag Archive: Maven’s Minutes

Nov 11 2013

Maven’s Minutes: State Water Project operations outlook for 2014

At the National Water Research Institute’s Drought Response Workshop, October 8, 2013, John Leahigh, Principal Engineer for State Water Project Operations at California Department of Water Resources, gave a briefing on the outlook for operations of the State Water Project in the coming year. During his presentation, he discussed the challenge of the newer, variable regulatory …

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Oct 21 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Melinda Terry’s presentation to the North Delta Water Agency: “BDCP’s conditional mitigation – Is it enough?”

The North Delta Water Agency sits in the cross-hairs of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP); with all of the planned intake facilities to be built within its boundaries, Melinda Terry, the Agency’s manager, often describes it as being “ground zero” for the BDCP.  The North Delta Water Agency’s territory encompasses about 40% of the …

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Aug 13 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Officials present the draft Statewide Economic Impact Study at BDCP Finance Working Group meeting

On August 5, the Brown Administration released a draft Statewide Economic Impact Study that estimated that implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) would result in positive economic benefits to residents statewide of $4.8 to $5.4 billion.  Some of those benefits include the creation of 177,000 construction and habitat restoration jobs, the avoidance of …

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Aug 12 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Delta Watermaster update to the State Water Board: Dry conditions and Delta water quality standards, Term 91, water use statements and more

At the August 6th meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updated Board members on the activities of his office. Complaint against DFG’s water use in the Delta resolved:  A complaint had been made alleging that the Department of Fish and Wildlife did not have valid water rights to support …

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Jul 10 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Science news from the Delta Stewardship Council meeting: First draft of the Delta Science Plan, the CSAMP team, new Delta science research and more

Just how science and policy will be linked together, developing a science agenda and other elements that are included in the first draft of the Delta Science Plan were discussed at the June 27th Delta Stewardship Council meeting as the Council was presented with the first draft of the ambitious plan.  Council members also heard …

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May 20 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Joint Informational Hearing: Natural Resources and Water and Select Committee on the Delta “The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Perspectives on the Plan”

On May 14th, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Senate Select Committee on the Delta held a second informational hearing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to gather different perspectives on the plan from water contractors, local government officials, and environmental groups. Seated on the panel was Roger Patterson from Metropolitan …

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Mar 25 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Jerry Meral faces a tough crowd at the first of three Bay Delta Conservation Plan public meetings

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On March 20th, a public meeting to review the first four chapters of the preliminary draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan took place in West Sacramento.  It was the first chance for the public to ask questions about the newly released documents, and with an estimated 150 people in attendance, there were many. Jerry …

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Mar 15 2013

Maven's Minutes: In their own words: DWR's Mark Cowin and DFW's Chuck Bonham on the BDCP

At yesterday’s press conference, Department of Water Resources Mark Cowin announced the rollout of the documents, speaking about the need for the project and gave some details about how the project would be operated, including the potential range of exports that the proposed project might be able to deliver, and Department of Fish and Wildlife’s …

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Mar 14 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Second water bond hearing: “What’s Changed Since the Legislature Passed the Safe, Clean, and Reliabile Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010?”

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Senate Governance and Finance Committee held a joint hearing on the water bond entitled “What’s Changed Since the Legislature Passed the Safe Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010?” On the agenda for today, Ellen Hanak of the Public …

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Mar 08 2013

Maven's Minutes: Development of the Delta Science Plan continues, plus an update on the Delta Plan, EIR, and Rulemaking Package

At the Delta Stewardship Council at the February 21st, 2013 meeting, Lead Scientist Dr. Peter Goodwin discussed in further detail the science-policy interface being developed for the Delta Science Plan, and Council staff gave an update and tentative schedule for the final Delta Plan and it’s associated documents. However, before delving into the Delta Science …

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Mar 05 2013

Maven's Minutes: The Delta Stewardship Council hears about the portfolio-based alternative for the BDCP

At the February 21,2013 Delta Stewardship Council meeting, Jonas Minton from the Planning and Conservation League, Dennis Cushman from the San Diego County Water Authority and Greg Gartrell from the Contra Costa Water District presented a proposal that several environmental groups and water agencies are in favor of being evaluated as an alternative to the …

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Feb 28 2013

Maven's Minutes: The Delta Stewardship Council hears from Jerry Meral on the BDCP's proposed governance structure, the challenge of an integrated state-federal water project, funding, and more

At the February 21, 2013 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Jerry Meral from the California Natural Resources Agency updated the Council on the proposed governance structure for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.  Jerry Meral spoke about the complexities of an integrated state and federal water project, adaptive management and the role of the stakeholder …

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Feb 25 2013

Maven’s Minutes: State Water Board discusses updated flow objectives for San Joaquin tributaries

At their February 21st meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council heard an informational update on the State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to revise flow objectives for the Lower San Joaquin River and southern Delta salinity objectives, as the Board begins to wrap up phase one of the update to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control …

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Feb 20 2013

Maven’s Minutes: California Water Policy Seminar Series continues with Tim Quinn: In Pursuit of “Coequal” Goals: An ACWA Statewide Perspective

The UC Davis California Water Policy Seminar Series continued on February 4, 2013 with the Association of California Water Agencies Executive Director Tim Quinn as the guest speaker.  Prior to joining ACWA in 2007, Mr. Quinn was deputy general manager of the Metropolitan Water District, where he worked on several key state policy initiatives including …

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Jan 29 2013

Maven's Minutes: No love for the Delta Plan's proposed regulations at the public hearing

There wasn’t much love shown for the Delta Plan and its proposed regulations at last week’s Delta Stewardship Council hearing to take public comment on the proposed rulemaking package.  “I wanted to ask you to call on any speakers that had filled out the gold cards – those who are completely satisfied with the rulemaking …

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