CAL WATER FIX HEARING UPDATE: The NRDC, Defenders of Wildlife, and The Bay Institute request a delay of the hearing due to anticipated changes in the project

Proceeding with the water rights hearing ‘at this point’ is not in the public interest, they say, and wouldn’t give adequate time to analyze the impacts of the new proposed Project

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Defenders of Wildlife, and The Bay Institute have filed a request with the State Water Resources Control Board to grant a stay or continuance of Part II of the California Water Fix water rights hearing due to the significant changes that are anticipated to be made to the project.  The motion argues that the change in operations of a two-intake single tunnel will necessarily result in significant changes to the project’s potential impacts to water quality, water supply, flows in the Delta, fish and wildlife, and other water rights holders.

This motion is in addition to previous motion filed by the City of Antioch (and others) to delay the hearing in part for similar reasons, and a previous motion by Save the California Delta (and others) alleging ex parte communications.

Given the significant changes to the project that Petitioners are contemplating, proceeding with the water rights hearing is not in the public interest, would prejudice Protestants by providing them with inadequate time to analyze the impacts of the new proposed Project, and would waste the time and money of Protestants, SWRCB staff and the hearing team,” says the motion.

They also argue that these changes mean that the SWRCB must re-notice an amended petition for this proceeding.

Yesterday, Restore the Delta joined in the motion; likely other tunnel opponents involved in the proceedings will as well.

Read the motion here:  NRDC et al. Motion for Stay of Part II of the Hearing Due to Anticipated Changes in the Proposed Project 1-31-18

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