Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay-Delta: Review of Historical Delta Outflow and Salinity Trends

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Senior Engineer Dr. Paul Hutton provides a brief update on Metropolitan’s ongoing science efforts in the Delta At the January meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Senior Engineer Dr. Paul Hutton updated committee members on Metropolitan’s ongoing science activities, focusing on the work he’s been conducting reagrding historical Delta outflow and salinity trends over the last nine […]

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California Water Fix update: The Design and Construction Enterprise and overview of the permitting processes

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Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta hears the details of the Design and Construction Enterprise and an overview of the State Water Board hearing process At the January meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Program Manager for Bay Delta Initiatives Steve Arakawa updated Committee members on the recently-released Design and Construction Enterprise draft agreement and the permitting issues […]

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Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta: What’s next for the Delta tunnels project and a look at the emergency drought barrier

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Presentation includes the many state and federal permits that are required With the public comment period for the California Water Fix (Delta tunnels) project closing for presumably the final time, Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta met on October 27th to hear the next steps for the project, such as timelines and permits.  The meeting also included a brief […]

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Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay-Delta discusses Cal Water Fix

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The project’s ecosystem measures, seismic risk analysis, climate change adaptation, and draft EIR discussed; also, a brief review of the State Water Board’s water quality control plan update At the September 29 meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, committee members heard a presentation on the California Water Fix project, including information on the seismic reliability and climate change […]

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Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta hears more details on California Water Fix

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Details include the flexibility and constraints, transfer capability, and water quality benefits of the Delta tunnels project, plus an analysis of it’s ability to capture excess stormflows On Monday, August 17, the Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta heard more details on the California Water Fix project, formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and more […]

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Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta hears an overview of the Cal Water Fix documents and an update on drought operations in the Delta

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Metropolitan staff review what’s in the documents and explore what the project might yield; Drought operations update includes the effect of the Delta salinity barrier At the July meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta,  committee members were briefed on the recicirulated environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, now called the California Water Fix, which […]

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Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta: Delta drought operations, the latest on the BDCP, and Bay Delta Accord restoration projects

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Drought barrier discussed; Recirculated BDCP documents anticipated soon At the June 23rd meeting of the Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, committee members were updated on drought operations in the Delta, and informed that the recirculated BDCP documents were imminent; they also heard an update on Bay-Delta Accord restoration projects. Here’s a rundown of the main parts of the meeting. […]

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan Update: A comparison of regulatory approaches

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Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta is updated on the substantive differences between the change in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan from a HCP-NCCP approach to a Section 7 approach At the April 28th meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members heard an update on the proposed change to the regulatory approach of the Bay Delta […]

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Managing turbidity for Delta smelt

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Metropolitan’s David Fullerton and Paul Hutton say there’s a relationship between turbidity and Delta smelt, and demonstrate that by cutting back Delta pumping at strategic times, they can avoid take of Delta smelt at the export pumps and gain water in the long-run At the February 24th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal […]

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Persistent drought conditions could compel Metropolitan to limit imported water supplies for Southern California

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From the Metropolitan Water District: “Preparing for a potential fourth drought year, Southern California’s wholesale water importer today outlined scenarios that could require the agency to limit deliveries and prompt mandatory rationing throughout much of the region this summer. After a good, wet start to February following a historically dry January, a report to a committee of the Metropolitan Water […]

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