NEWS WORTH NOTING: Water Storage Investment Program application period now open; Restore the Delta releases ‘California’s Sustainable Water Plan’; State Water Board Releases Draft Emergency Regulation Setting Fees For SGMA Intervention

Water Storage Investment Program Application Period Now Open

From the California Water Commission:

The California Water Commission is now accepting applications for the Water Storage Investment Program. The application period will be open from March 14, 2017 to August 14, 2017.

The Commission recently launched an Application Resources page which contains a link to the Department of Water Resources submittal site GRanTS, a web-based tool for managing funding applications and related documents, as well as documents that will provide applicants with program requirements and important information.

The Application Instructions and “From Concept to Application – Considerations for Applicants” documents have been attached above.

To further assist potential applicants, the Commission has scheduled an application assistance workshop on March 30, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., in the Klamath hearing room on the second floor of the California Environmental Protection Agency located at 1001 I Street, Sacramento. The Commission will schedule additional webinars, targeting specific application elements, to further assist applicants.

For more information about the California Water Commission, please visit our website at: www.cwc.ca.gov

Restore the Delta releases California’s Sustainable Water Plan

Today, Restore the Delta released a survey of water projects and proposals that improve California’s regional water sustainability and provide good paying jobs. California’s Sustainable Water Plan highlights projects in communities statewide that are far smarter investments than Jerry Brown’s controversial and expensive Delta Tunnels (CA WaterFix) proposal.

“The Oroville Spillway crisis this winter was a loud warning siren. The evacuation of 180,000 Californians for two days has brought into sharp focus the need to invest in California’s water infrastructure,” said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta. “Rather than building out Jerry Brown’s massively expensive Delta Tunnels to serve large corporate farms, we should invest in projects that create good jobs and water sustainability in communities statewide.”

Federal agencies now considering permits for the Delta Tunnel remain unconvinced the proposal can meet clean water standards to protect the San Francisco Bay-Delta, the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas. The permitting review process continues at the State Water Resources Control Board.

Meanwhile, last week the American Society of Civil Engineers put needed repairs to California’s water infrastructure at more than $50 billion.

The cost-effective solutions outlined in the California Sustainable Water Plan help address California’s emerging water needs while protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary in the process. These projects improve urban and agricultural water conservation, reuse and recycle water, and capture and store local rainwater.

The expensive and ecologically suspect Delta Tunnels would starve California cities, counties, and local water agencies of resources that could fund local and regional water projects that deliver a far bigger bang for the buck and deliver long-term jobs for each region of the state.

Read California’s Sustainable Water Plan.

State Water Board Releases Draft Emergency Regulation Setting Fees For SGMA Intervention

From Best Best & Krieger:

In a new regulatory step under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, the State Water Resources Control Board released a draft emergency regulation that sets fees for state intervention activities. Comments are due by noon April 7. The Board is tentatively scheduled to adopt the regulation May 16.

SGMA provides for Board intervention if local agencies are unable or unwilling to manage groundwater basins that are subject to the Act. The Board’s role in such situations would include collecting groundwater extraction data, developing interim plans and possibly directly managing groundwater resources. SGMA requires the Board to adopt, by emergency regulation, a fee schedule to cover costs associated with extraction reporting and intervention activities. Extraction reporting requirements could begin after July 1 for certain “unmanaged” basin areas.

Click here to read more from Best Best & Krieger.

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