News Worth Noting: Report highlights technological solutions for water problems, Restore the Delta asks where’s the BDCP’s Implementation Agreement, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association expresses concerns, Jerry Meral’s water bond, and more

ccstReport highlights innovative technological solutions for California’s water problems: “A report from the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released today envisions a path toward a sustainable water future for California achieved through a system management approach utilizing innovations in science, technology and management.  Such an approach would rely on currently available and new science and technology, yielding greater efficiencies and opening new sources of supply for managing California water through future multi-year cycles of drought and flooding. This would complement California’s already significant investment in large-scale engineering solutions to meet water needs through dams, canals and pipelines. … ”  Read more from the California Council on Science and Technology here:  CCST Delivers Roadmap to a Sustainable Water Future for California

restore the deltaRestore the Delta asks where’s the BDCP’s Implementing Agreement:  “With just 60 days remaining for public examination and comment, the parties involved in the creation, planning and implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) have failed to reveal a binding Implementation Agreement (IA) showing how the Delta tunnels project will be financed, built or operated. The continuing failure to file the agreement without specificity and detail highlights the unwillingness of water exporters to document a commitment to funding construction and mitigation costs for the proposed Delta tunnels project. Specific financing information for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has not been included in the 40,000 page BDPC Plan and corresponding EIR. .. ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here:  Gov. Brown’s Tunnel Implementation Plan Lacks Answers- Who will pay?

Howard-JarvisHoward Jarvis Taxpayers Association expresses concerns over unresolved financing and taxpayer issues:  ” … We do not contest the state’s existing requirement that water users pay all costs associated with the construction of any new conveyance facility in the Delta.  However, there appear to be sufficient doubts among the participating water agencies so as to question whether the projected revenue stream will be sufficient to fund this project.  Moreover, even if the proposed twin tunnels provide adequate conveyance, what storage infrastructure will be developed for the water that is transferred south?  Are taxpayers benefitting from any additional water in exchange for this investment? What potential engineering problems exist because of the unknown characteristics of the Delta soil and could complications arise that could delay completion and increase costs to ratepayers?  These questions deserve greater discussion, and taxpayers should not be burdened with higher costs to fund the project because some agencies choose not to participate … ”  Read the entire letter here:  HJTA Letter BDCP Impacts on CA Taxpayers 4-11-14-1

NHIJerry Meral and the Natural Heritage Institute offer own version of water bond:  NHI has developed our their own version of the water bond.  “We think this version of the water bond is best able to gain the support of a wide variety of interest groups, and be approved by the voters,” said Jerry Meral.  The language, funding schedule and an explanatory note can be found at the bottom of this page:  California Water Management Reform

ReclamationReclamation schedules full-scale security exercise at Folsom Dam:  “The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/Folsom Dam Security Bureau, City of Folsom Police and Fire Departments, California State Parks, Sacramento Office of Emergency Services, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Sacramento County Department of Technology, will conduct a full-scale security exercise at Folsom Dam on Wednesday, April 23.  The exercise will simulate emergency response activities at Folsom Dam. The exercise will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m. and will allow emergency response agencies to check security systems, practice tactical skills and perform multi-agency coordination. … ”  Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Reclamation Schedules Full-Scale Security Exercise at Folsom Dam

Click here to visit the NRDC's page on the California drought.

NRDC: California’s chromium standard doesn’t go far enough:The California Department of Public Health today announced its final drinking water standard for the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich. The state’s new Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 parts per billion is 500 times greater than the level identified as safe by the California Environmental Protection Agency. … ““The California Department of Public Health’s long-delayed action today simply does not provide enough protection for people’s health. The department both inflated water treatment costs and underestimated the benefits of a stronger standard to justify its proposal. Politics and special interests shouldn’t be able to interfere with and delay the process of setting public health standards for dangerous chemicals in drinking water. We need to improve this process moving forward to ensure that we are focusing on and protecting the health of all Californians,” said NRDC attorney Avinash Kar.  ... ”  Read more from the NRDC here:  California Fails to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic “Erin Brockovich” Chemical

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