NEWS WORTH NOTING: Comment period opens for draft progress report on State water data platform; California Water Commission schedules optional meetings with storage project proponents; Reclamation requests comments on Draft Feasibility Report for Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project

Comment period opens for draft progress report on State water data platform

The public comment period has opened for a draft progress report on implementation of Assembly Bill 1755, Open and Transparent Water Data Act. The act requires DWR to create, operate, and maintain a statewide integrated water-data platform.

The comment deadline is Friday, March 16.

Click here to view the draft report.

California Water Commission schedules optional meetings with storage project proponents

From the California Water Commission:

Commission staff recently released the Public Benefit Ratio review of information supplied by applicants requesting funding through the Water Storage Investment Program.  Please note this is the initial technical review and does not represent a Commission decision.

The initial reviews, which are posted on the Commission WSIP Portal, are the first step in the task of quantifying the public benefits – ecosystem improvements, water quality improvements, flood control, emergency response and recreation – associated with the proposed projects. Review teams included subject matter experts from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the California Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board.

Applicants will have the opportunity over the next three weeks to provide additional supporting information and address specific comments from the review process. In addition, Commission staff is scheduling optional meetings with applicants to answer clarifying questions related to the initial technical review. Commission staff anticipates the public benefit ratios will change based on that additional information and will release revised numbers that will go to the Commission for consideration in May.

To help answer questions applicants may have regarding reviewer adjustments to PBRs, Commission staff has pre-scheduled meetings.  (Time slots were assigned by random draw.) These meetings will be open to the public to observe and listen via on-line meeting platform and will be recorded. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Wednesday February 7, 2018
South County Ag Program, 9:00-10:00
Sites Project, 10:15-11:15
Willow Springs Water Bank Conjunctive Use Project, 11:30-12:30
Chino Basin Conjunctive Use Environmental Water Storage/Exchange Program, 1:00-2:00
Pure Water San Diego Program North City Phase, 2:15-3:15
Temperance Flat Reservoir Project, 3:30-4:30

Thursday February 8, 2018
Kern Fan Groundwater Storage Project, 9:00-10:00
Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project, 10:15-11:15
Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project, 11:30-12:30
The Tulare Lake Storage and Floodwater Protection Project, 1:00-2:00
Centennial Water Supply Project, 2:15-3:15

For information on how to access the meetings via the web: Instructions to Join Web Meeting

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

Reclamation requests comments on Draft Feasibility Report for Los Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion Project Phase 2; public meeting announced

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Feasibility Report documenting draft findings of the potential costs, benefits and impacts of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir (LVE) Expansion Project. As part of a continuing effort to increase storage capability throughout California, Reclamation and the Contra Costa Water District have been working together on Phase 2 of the project to increase the capacity from 160,000 acre-feet up to 275,000 acre-feet and adding new conveyance facilities.

A public meeting on the draft report will be held on Feb. 22, 2018, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I Street, Sacramento. There will be a presentation and written comments on the Draft Feasibility Report will be accepted.

The LVE is a joint investigation between Reclamation and CCWD authorized by Congress in 2003. The objectives of the expansion are to develop water supplies for environmental water management, increase water supply reliability for water providers within the San Francisco Bay Area, and improve the quality of water deliveries to municipal and industrial customers.

The Draft Feasibility Report is available on Reclamation’s website at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/vaqueros/. To request a copy of the document, please contact Lisa Rainger, Bureau of Reclamation, at 916-978-5090 (TTY 800-877-8339). Copies may also be viewed at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Regional Office at 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.

Written comments are due by close of business March 3, 2018 and may be mailed to Lisa Rainger, Bureau of Reclamation, 2800 Cottage Way, W-2830, Sacramento, CA 95825. Comments may also be emailed to lrainger@usbr.gov or faxed to Rainger at 916-978-5094. Comments may also be submitted at the public meeting on Feb. 22.

For additional information on the LVE Expansion Project, please visit https://www.usbr.gov/mp/vaqueros/ or www.ccwater.com/lvstudies

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