Tag Archive: Metropolitan Water District

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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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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Jul 29 2014

Metropolitan’s Bay-Delta Committee hears on update on the State Water Board’s actions in the Delta … are illegal diversions occurring?

At the July 22 meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, attorney Becky Sheehan updated committee members on the State Water Resources Control Board’s activities as they relate to the Bay Delta. She began with a little history, noting that this extremely dry year was preceded by two very dry years.  Earlier …

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Jul 28 2014

BDCP vs. local water supply alternatives: Dr. David Sunding reviews the alternative supply analysis for Metropolitan’s Bay-Delta committee

At the July 22nd Metropolitan Water District meeting of the Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Dr. David Sunding of the Brattle Group gave a presentation detailing how much it would cost to implement local water supply projects rather than the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  He began by saying that today’s presentation would be a …

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Jul 02 2014

Metropolitan Water District’s review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s draft Implementation Agreement

At the June 24th meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members heard a presentation on the draft implementing agreement.  In the presentation, Adam Kaer, Senior Deputy General Counsel for Metropolitan Water District, discussed what the Implementation Agreement is, as well as what the specific provisions are regarding regulatory assurances, funding, provisions …

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Jun 30 2014

Seismic design & performance considerations for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s twin tunnels

At the June 24th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members heard a presentation on the seismic performance for the proposed twin tunnels, the centerpiece of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.  The presentation included details on the seismic design criteria and the construction of the tunnel and its lining …

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May 29 2014

Notes from Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta: An update on the status of the Implementation Agreement, plus Metropolitan prepares to comment on the BDCP’s EIR and a briefing on the Design and Construction Enterprise

“We are tantalizing close to a draft Implementing Agreement at this point in time,” Director Cowin told Committee members. At the May 27th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Metropolitan staff briefed the comments that Metropolitan will be submitting on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan as well as the BDCP’s Design …

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Apr 14 2014

Tentative agreement reached on State Water Project contract renewals

The Department of Water Resources and the State Water Contractors have reached a draft tentative agreement on a package of amendments to the State Water Project contracts that will extend the contracts to 2085, among other provisions.  At the April 8 meeting of the Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Water Resources Management …

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Apr 02 2014

Dr. Thornberg tells MWD Bay Delta Committee on the BDCP: “Stop hitting the panic button … This project is worth it, it’s as simple as that.”

At the March 25th meeting of the Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Dr. Chris Thornberg from Beacon Economics returned as a follow-up to his December presentation covered on the Notebook blog here: Maven’s Minutes: Evaluating the economics of the BDCP: Dr. Thornberg reviews all the economic analyses for Metropolitan and says “From …

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Mar 11 2014

Climate change and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

At the February 25 meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Committee members heard a presentation how climate change is incorporated into the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  During the presentation, BDCP Project Manager Jennifer Pierre told Committee members that the BDCP itself was never meant to be a project that addresses …

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Mar 10 2014

Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta hears an update on the BDCP’s cost allocation discussions

At the February 25 meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Program Manager Randall Neudeck gave a brief overview of the discussions currently underway regarding cost allocations for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). He began by stating that the discussions so far are just initial and that any change to either …

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Feb 25 2014

Superior Court tentatively rules in favor of San Diego County Water Authority in Metropolitan rate case; Met remains confident they will prevail in the end

From the San Diego County Water Authority: In a major victory for the San Diego County Water Authority and water ratepayers throughout San Diego County, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Curtis E. A. Karnow today tentatively ruled that in setting rates for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California …

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Feb 11 2014

Metropolitan Water District Board declares water supply alert throughout Southern California in response to statewide drought

From the Metropolitan Water District: Southern California’s primary supplier of imported water today formally endorsed Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s statewide call for conservation in response to the ongoing drought. Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors declared a Water Supply Alert throughout its 5,200-square-mile service area as part of a set of comprehensive actions to …

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Dec 16 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Evaluating the economics of the BDCP: Dr. Thornberg reviews all the economic analyses for Metropolitan and says “From my perspective, this is a no-brainer.”

At the joint meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee and the Special Committee on the Bay-Delta held on December 9, Dr. Chris Thornberg, economist and founding partner of Beacon Economics, gave his opinion on the competing economic analyses of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan that have been produced by Dr. David …

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