News Worth Noting: Formal protest notices filed with State Water Board over Delta tunnels permits; Truckee River Operating Agreement Implementation resolves over a century of water rights conflict; Delta Plan performance measures; $1.2 billion in bonds for Clean Water State Revolving Fund

Truckee River at Farad #2 Nov 2008

The Truckee River flows out of the Sierra at Farad

Formal Protest Notices Filed with State Water Board: Groups oppose “Point of Diversion” permitting for Delta Tunnels

From Restore the Delta:

Restore the Delta logoThe fight to stop the Delta Tunnels (California WaterFix) has moved to a new venue in 2016, as was recently reported in The Record.

Today, Restore the Delta and numerous coalition partners filed either formal protests or notices of intent to make formal statements with the State Water Resources Control Board to oppose permitting to change the point of water diversion in the Sacramento River to allow for Delta Tunnels to be built.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta said, “Farmers, fishermen, business, environmental, community and environmental justice leaders from throughout the region and the state recognize that the impacts of diverting the Sacramento River from the north end of the Bay-Delta estuary via the tunnels will wreak havoc on fish, wildlife, farming, business and public health needs and industries within the estuary. Our intent is through science, economics, and law to put a stop to the Delta tunnels once and for all.”

Groups filing notices today include: African American Chamber of Commerce San Joaquin County, Asian Pacific Self Development and Residential Association, Braceros Del Delta, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (ret), Café Coop, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Striped Bass Association, California Student Sustainability Coalition, California Water Impact Network, Central Valley Asian Chamber of Commerce, Delta Chamber of Commerce, Delta Fly Fishers, Earth Law Center, Assemblymember Susan Eggman, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, Environmental Water Caucus, Friends of the River, Senator Cathleen Galgiani, Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, LAND, Lao Family Community Empowerment, Lower Sherman Island Duck Hunters Association, North Delta Cares, Planning and Conservation League, Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller (ret), San Joaquin County, Semillas, Sherman Island Duck Hunters, Sierra Club California, Social Media Moms, Stockton Downtown Comeback Club, Visit Stockton.

Truckee River Operating Agreement Implementation resolves over a century of water rights conflict

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchFrom the Department of Water Resources:

After more than a century of conflict, the troubled waters of the scenic Truckee River that have both united and divided California, Nevada, the federal government, tribal and other interests along its 145-­‐mile course are now flowing toward a less controversial future.

In November, the historic Truckee River Operating Agreement (TROA) cleared its final legal hurdles leading to implementation, marking the successful completion of more than two decades of federally-­‐ facilitated negotiations and environmental studies. TROA was officially implemented by the federal Water Master on December 1, 2015, replacing an inflexible river management system that is more than a century old. This major milestone will be celebrated at a January 5 press conference in Reno by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-­‐Nevada, along with representatives of the five major TROA signatories—the U.S. Department of Interior, the states of California and Nevada, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.

Conflicts over storage and release of Truckee River water – which flows from California’s high Sierra into Lake Tahoe and other basin reservoirs before flowing into Nevada and on to Pyramid Lake, 40 miles northeast of Reno– triggered decades of high level attempts to reach accord. The 1990 Truckee-­‐ Carson-­‐Pyramid Lake Water Rights Settlement Act (Settlement Act) established the basis for the TROA, which was formally signed in 2008 but still required certain conditions to be completed.

The Settlement Act and TROA establish the total future Lake Tahoe and Truckee River water allocations between California and Nevada and modify the operation of the federal and non-­‐federal reservoirs in the Truckee River Basin. The Agreement enhances conditions for the endangered Cui-­‐ui and the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the Truckee River Basin, species vital to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Pyramid Lake fishery. TROA improves Truckee River water quality, enhances instream flows and recreational opportunities and provides for increased municipal, industrial and environmental drought protection. TROA increases drought protection for all Truckee River water users by facilitating the use of credit water storage and cooperative exchanges of this credit water between basin reservoirs to maintain the most beneficial flows and reservoir levels.

The Department of Water Resources represented the State of California in the 1990 Settlement Act negotiations sponsored by Senator Reid and continued to represent the state in the TROA negotiations, and as lead agency in the formal environmental review process, in coordination with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and State Water Resources Control Board.

See also: Truckee River Operating Agreement Implementation to Provide Multiple Benefits for California and Nevada, press release from the Bureau of Reclamation

Delta Stewardship Council seeks comments on Delta Plan performance measures

Delta Stewardship Council new logoFrom the Delta Stewardship Council:

The Delta Stewardship Council is seeking comments on recommendations for refinements to the Delta Plan’s Output and Outcome Performance Measures that were presented at the December Council meeting.

Staff members described the process they used to develop the refinements, as well as the new measures they are suggesting. The Delta Independent Science Board has agreed to review the methodology.

The staff report (Agenda Item 11) outlining this information can be found by clicking here.

The individual performance measures discussed during the Council meeting are outlined in Attachment 1 and can be found by clicking here.

To send your comments ahead the meeting, please use this email address: pmcomments@deltacouncil.ca.gov  If emailing your comments, please send them by Friday, January 22, 2015.

State Water Board authorizes sale of $1.2 billion in bonds for Clean Water State Revolving Fund

SWRCB logo water boardsFrom the State Water Resources Control Board:

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted a resolution today authorizing the sale of $1.2 billion in revenue bonds for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (Clean Water Fund) to meet financing demands for water projects.

With nearly a 40 percent increase in commitments in fiscal year 2014-15, and a greater demand expected in fiscal year 2015-16 and beyond, the Clean Water Fund will need additional capital in 2016 and 2017. To meet the increased demand, the State Water Board plans to sell revenue bonds to meet current and near-term funding commitments.

The Clean Water Fund is a financial assistance program associated with the federal Clean Water Act and state water quality laws. The fund provides financial assistance for construction or implementation of projects that address water quality problems and prevent water pollution. The program provides low-interest loans and other financing tools for construction of publicly- owned wastewater treatment facilities, local sewers, sewer interceptors, water recycling facilities, storm water treatment facilities, as well as implementation of nonpoint source projects, and the development and implementation of estuary comprehensive conservation and management plans.

The State Water Board’s Division of Financial Assistance has been working with a financial advisor, the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank), and the State Water Board’s Division of Administrative Services to determine the need for additional bonds; I-Bank has the authority to sell Clean Water Fund bonds on behalf of the State Water Board.

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