News Worth Noting: CA Water Fix releases fact sheet about parcels potentially impacted by Delta tunnels project; Experts examine whether tunnel proposal is good for state; Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regs; Metropolitan Water District Board increases by 1

Cal Water Fix LogoCalifornia Water Fix releases fact sheet about parcels potentially impacted by tunnels project:Current estimates based on draft analyses: The development of preliminary plans for property acquisition is part of every major infrastructure project.  No final decisions have been made in selecting an alternative; those decisions will only occur after the completion of the CEQA and NEPA processes. … There are approximately 192 potentially impacted parcels, owned by 96 different public and private owners. ... ”  Continue reading here:  Facts about parcels potentially impacted by California WaterFix

WolkExperts examine whether tunnel proposal is good for California:  “Today a panel of experts discussed unanswered questions about the massive Delta Tunnels proposal in an attempt to determine whether the proposal is good for California during an informational hearing of the Senate Select Committee on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, chaired by State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis).  “After years of analysis, at tremendous expense, there remain unanswered questions about what the Delta Tunnels will cost, whether they will improve water supply reliability in the state, and whether they’ll be good for the Delta ecosystem. There are unanswered questions about whether the tunnels will significantly affect the economy and communities of the Delta, and about alternatives,” said Wolk. “These are some of the basic questions that all Californians should expect to have answered prior to moving forward with a multi-billion dollar infrastructure proposal, the most expensive and controversial water infrastructure proposal in California history.” … ”  Read more from Senator Wolk here:  Experts examine whether tunnel proposal is good for California  LAO Handout from yesterday’s hearing is here:  California WaterFix Proposal: Issues for Legislative Consideration  NOTE: Look for coverage of the hearing next week on Maven’s Notebook.

Ca.govInformational Meeting and Webcast on Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations: Join the Department of Water Resources’ Sustainable Groundwater Management Program team for an overview of the second group of issue topics related to Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) draft emergency regulations development: Alternative GSP Submittals; Boundaries – Overlapping and Unmonitored Areas; and Intra-Basin Coordination Agreements. DWR has established a comprehensive multi-phased outreach approach to better understand issues and topics and to collect information associated with the development of GSP regulations. Insights gained through the outreach process will build an informed regulation framework. … ”  More information from the Groundwater Act Blog here:  Informational Meeting and Webcast on Draft Groundwater Sustainability Plan regulations

MWD logoMetropolitan Water District Board increases by 1; Los Angeles gains another seat:  “The city of Los Angeles has gained a seat on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California based on the latest certified assessed valuations of taxable property within the district’s six-county service area.  Under the Metropolitan Water District Act, each of the district’s 26 member agencies is guaranteed at least one board member, and can appoint an additional representative for each 5 percent of assessed valuation of property within MWD’s service boundaries  The increase from 37 to 38 representatives on the board marks the first change to the size of the governing body since January 2001. … ”  Read more from the Metropolitan Water District here:


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