On July 10, 2017, the Sacramento Valley Water Users (SVWU) requested that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) hold open Part 1 of the hearing on the water right change petition for the WaterFix Project. SVWU seek more time to evaluate new information referenced in the Biological Opinions that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service recently issued for the project, and potentially to present additional evidence on the issue of whether the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) have changed the project description in a manner that could injure legal users of water.
In particular, SVWU argue that the Biological Opinions contain new spring Delta outflow criteria defined by a “lookup table,” which could result in injury if the criteria were to be met through State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) operations. In their July 10, 2017 letter, the SVWU also noted that the Biological Opinions require the preparation of a detailed operations plan for the WaterFix Project, and requested the State Water Board to direct DWR and Reclamation to provide more information concerning the development of the plan, including when it would be introduced in this proceeding.
Continue reading the letter here: 20170727_cwf_ruling
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