More News Worth Noting: Restore the Delta responds to Governor Brown’s SoCal tour, Army Corps Delta Wetlands Project enviro docs, Legal analysis: Interpreting the “Waters of the US”

restore the deltaRestore the Delta responds to Governor Brown:Restore the Delta (RTD), the leading opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build massive underground water tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom sustainable farms, salmon and other Pacific fisheries, today responded to Gov. Brown’s continued advocacy of his tunnels. “A month after telling critics of his Delta tunnels plan to ‘shut up,’ Governor Brown is on a Southern California speaking tour to tout his leadership during the drought. This follows on the heels of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s recent op-ed in the LA Times in which she continues to beat the drum for greater flexibility in managing water exports from the north part of the state to the south,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, RTD executive director. “It’s a shame that they both have forgotten the impacts of the drought on the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary, which is on the verge of an ecological collapse, or the impacts of the drought on Delta farmers, who have voluntarily cut water use by 25%.” … ”  Continue reading from Restore the Delta here:  Restore the Delta responds to Governor Brown’s Southern California speaking tour

Army Corps LogoArmy Corps Public Notice SPK-1901-09804, SDEIS Delta Wetlands Project, San Joaquin & Contra Costa Counties, CA6/5/2015: “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District (Corps) is evaluating a permit application for the placement of fill material into 2,156 acres of waters of the United States, including wetlands. This notice is to inform interested parties of: the publishing of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed project, the location, date and time of the public meeting, and to solicit comments on the proposed project. The proposed project’s reservoir islands are Bacon Island located in San Joaquin County and Webb Tract located in Contra Costa County, and habitat islands are Bouldin Island located in San Joaquin County and Holland Tract located in Contra Costa County, California. Expiration date: 7/18/2015″  Click here for the documentsClick here for maps of the project.

Alston & BirdLegal analysis: Interpreting the “Waters of the United States”: On May 26, 2015, the heads of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency signed a new rule interpreting the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act, the first time the agencies have promulgated such regulations in a generation. The new rule significantly expands the agencies’ authority under the Act, and for that reason likely will be challenged.  The rule will have far-reaching impacts. It potentially implicates anyone with land that has a wet feature on it. And the Act’s permit requirements are triggered when a landowner decides to discharge a “pollutant” into a wet feature that is jurisdictional, which the new rule very broadly defines. … ”  Continue reading here:  Interpreting the “Waters of the US”

 

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