News Worth Noting: Court denies injunction to stop water transfers, Report: Delta Smelt on the Scaffold; Labor groups express support for BDCP, Delta Stewardship Council is hiring, Army Corps draft plan for W Sac flood risk reduction

CSPACourt Denies Injunction Sought to Stop Water Transfers to Protect Fish: “On 11 July 2014, Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, of the U.S. District Court in Fresno California, denied a motion for preliminary injunction to stop the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) from transferring water through the south Delta  export pumps to the San Luis & Delta-­‐ Mendota Water Authority (SLDMWA). The motion for preliminary injunction was  filed by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and AquAlliance and alleged that the environmental  assessment (EA) was seriously flawed and that the transfers posed an eminent threat to threatened   Delta smelt. The injunction request pointed out that the EA failed to consider the relaxed flow and water quality standards recently ordered by the State Water Board, actual outflows were lower than represented and that Delta smelt were being drawn into the Delta and exposed to lethal water temperatures. USBR and SLDMWA denied that  Delta smelt were in the Delta and referred to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Delta smelt Biological Opinion  that provides no protection for smelt in July because smelt are supposed to be in Suisun Bay and not in the   Delta. The decision was predicated on “agency deference,”  with Judge O’Neill writing, “Courts should defer to the agency on matters within the agency’s expertise unless the agency has completely failed to address a factor that was essential to making an informed decision.” … ”  Continue reading from the California Sportfishing Association here:  CSPA Press Release Court Decision  See also this report referred to in the press release:  Delta Smelt on the Scaffold

swc logoLetters from Labor Groups Express Support for Bay Delta Conservation Plan: “Across the state, many of California’s local government, business, and agricultural organizations have joined the ongoing discussion about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Several leading labor organizations – including the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, the Southern California District Council of Laborers and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12 – have also weighed in and sent letters to their elected officials expressing support for the project.   “We are writing today to express our support for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its goal of protecting the water supply that serves 26 million Californians, businesses and 3 million acres of farmland in California,” said Armando Esparza on behalf of the Southern California District Council of Laborers in a recent letter to the Los Angeles City Council. “This water supply is essential to Los Angeles and the entire state, fueling jobs and our economy.” … ”  Read more from the State Water Contractors here:  Letters from Labor Groups Express Support for Bay Delta Conservation Plan

DSCLogoThe Delta Stewardship Council is hiring:  “The Delta Stewardship Council invites you to be at the heart of California’s water policy development.  The Council has an opening for a Program Manager II in our Delta Science Program and a Senior Environmental Scientist who will focus on water-related areas including fisheries, water quality, hydrology, climate change, terrestrial ecology, or landscape ecology. The Council has a small, dynamic, and enthusiastic staff dedicated to achieving the state’s coequal goals of water supply reliability and a healthy Delta ecosystem. Our innovative team operates out of a modern office building in downtown Sacramento and enjoys a close and collaborative working atmosphere.  Other open positions include a Legislative/Policy Advisor and a Senior Engineer. To view all the current job opportunities, please click here.

Army Corps LogoArmy Corps unveils draft plans for West Sacramento flood risk reduction:  “A plan to implement enhanced flood risk reduction features around West Sacramento’s perimeter was revealed today as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District released its draft general re-evaluation report and draft environmental impact statement for the West Sacramento project for public review.  The proposed project would implement a variety of flood risk management improvements throughout West Sacramento, which is almost completely surrounded by water ways.  The plan includes installing cutoff walls, raising levees, providing increased bank protection, as well as the construction of a setback levee, berms and relief wells to help update the region’s flood control system. … ”  Read more from the Army Corps here:  Corps unveils draft plans for West Sacramento flood risk reduction

 

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