Cal Water Fix hearing update

Part 2 of the Cal Water Fix hearing at the State Water Board opened Thursday morning with the hearing officers considering NRDC’s motion which, by this time, had been joined by numerous entities also protesting the Delta tunnels project. (There were also two other motions that were not directly addressed.)

First, DWR Director Karla Nemeth began by reading a policy statement, essentially saying DWR is not altering it’s application and is still seeking approval for 3 intakes and 2 tunnels.  Next, Doug Obegi from the NRDC and all others joining with NRDC’s motion to continue or stay the proceedings spoke in support of the motion, arguing that the phasing is a significant change in operations and that time is needed to evaluate the modeling data that was just submitted by DWR.

The hearing officers then retired to a back room to discuss next steps, returning 7 minutes later, asking DWR to submit the Department’s written response to the motion along with Ms. Nemeth’s policy statement by 5pm on Friday; protestants have until Monday at 5pm Tuesday by noon to submit their response to the Department’s response.  The hearing officers also announced all hearings through the end of next week were canceled.

Afterwards, the hearing officers did listen to policy statements for Part 2.

So stay tuned, folks.  The State Water Board will likely issue a ruling sometime next week after everyone’s responses have been received.  I’ll keep you posted!

RELATED: CAL WATER FIX HEARING: Deadlines for briefs and questions for petitioners and protestants

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  • on 2/8/18 from
    Dear Chair Leticia Marcus, Board members of SWRCB, and concerned others:
    RE: Countering false wording on “cheap” vs expensive concrete. Fwd: BREAKING: DWR Announces Delta Tunnels Staged Approach
    Who on your paid staff can be countering the faulty wording of “cheap” (Bettina Boxali, LA Times, 2.7.18) or “free liquid gold” (B.Boxali, LA Times). At UC Davis a retired p professor said that LA knows that concrete costs more than desalination (Stanford, salt energy in desalination).
    Skelton, LA columnist for years, used to report with better understanding of NorCal viewpoints on groundwater.
    San Joaquin COUNTY has 2/3 the Delta with NorCal fresh food crops, 50% to USA.
    SJ County has had CRITICAL OVERDRAFT, since 1983, and with SJC gov report with maps in Fall, 2016.
    Yet, there is a short two year testing of two miles from Mokelumne River in East Harney. Trees have been falling, which indicates poor impact. (PGE reportedly has had a lawsuit for poles and/or trees falling on a home around that two mile area.) Groundwater takes years for water seepage.
    Finally, Woodbridge Irrigation District, WID, is suing East Bay Municipal Utility District, for not releasing water, the Mokelumne River, the past four to 35 years, not to mention since Pardee Dam, 100 years ago.
    Alex Breitler, Stockton Record, 3/10/2017, headlined: disaster declaration for San Joaquin COUNTY. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in SJ County and most of California, hours after county leaders public questioned why notoriously flood-prone San Joaquin had not been included in other declarations. . . He, also, reported with photos of algae growth in the Port of Stockton.
    Flooding? In 2014 former USA Senator sent USACE funds for levee maintenance to Washington State. Then in July 2015 at the workshop of the CVFCB, Clarksburg, they announced 80% non-compliance is levee maintenance. (We need to restore dredging by Pacific USACE/San Francisco from Antioch Bay to Rio Vista.
    Deep pure dredging smooths the flow, with soil aeration and absorption. Concrete canals and piping — flush water faster (instead of to groundwater). The Texas Governor said too much concrete for housing was part of flooding, for the concrete did not allow seepage.
    USDA/NRSC (2012) have posters on Natural Ground water cycle.
    Drought causes more drought, and we’re headed for another drought cycle. That does not make water cheap for NorCal. More transports mean less of the ground water cycle. (Recharging can dirty the water.) With less food produce, that is an economic loss. With more dusty, dry air — there is increased allergies and health problems. That is not cheap but costly for NorCal citizens. Fishermen speak up for rivers. Piping does not help the salmon concerns.
    Some talk of water grab. Is it a water grab with more surface canals; they do not help in earthquake concerns? Who stops concrete housing on greenbelt of Lodi? Maps show it as top four in fertile soils in the world. (Of 28 counties in Central Valley, most are semi-arid. The northern three counties are fertile soil, Mediterranean sub-tropical soil; USGS/soil maps.) The senior rights to well water is not cheap to us. (Vineyards use the least amount of water and olive oil rated number one in USA.)
    Agriculture professors from UC Davis, #1 in world, say San Joaquin County does not need any more water exports.
    How come LA Times, Sacramento Bee, and others are not getting an accurate description of the dire situation? Drought causes more drought. Dusty Delta breeze has impact on health and more salinity on rare soils for fresh food production. New York did not believe the dust bowl until it blew from Kansas. See the Delta web and magazine for agri-tourism and water recreation.
    Salt energy in Desalination is a viable solution, with the California Coast, as Navy ships show.

    Lauchland-Shaw Vineyard

    RE: Countering false wording on “cheap” vs expensive concrete. Fwd: BREAKING: DWR Announces Delta Tunne

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