In a letter to the State Water Board, DWR and Reclamation oppose any further extension of time, saying it is ‘unwarranted’. They write, “Very little of what has been submitted by Petitioners as part of their case-in-chief, whether in their concise testimony (133 pages total for 8 lead witnesses) or in their submitted exhibits, represents “new” information. Rather, much of the informationcontained in Petitioners’ case-in-chief, including submitted exhibits, is public information previously available to all protestants.”
DWR and Reclamation also note that delaying the submission of the written evidence or procedural objections until two weeks prior to the hearing limits their time to respond to those objections.
The State Water Board has indicated they will issue a decision on the extension some time this week.