NEWS WORTH NOTING: Delta Conveyance DCA establishes new Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee; Water and climate update: First snowfall in the Sierra Nevada

Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority Establishes New Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee

The Board of Directors of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), an independent joint powers authority tasked with design and engineering work to support the state’s effort to modernize Delta conveyance, voted today to establish a new Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee. This committee – appointed by the DCA Board – will consist of up to 16 public members representing various Delta stakeholder groups (e.g. agricultural, recreation, business, environment, etc.), with the addition of up to five ex officio members from various state and local agencies.

The work of the committee will be valuable in creating a project that reduces community impacts and incorporates Delta as a Place into planning and design. Governor Newsom, the California Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the DCA are committed to meaningful, Delta-focused dialogue aimed at reducing project impacts and identifying tangible community benefits. In this spirit of transparency and collaboration, the DCA Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee will provide an important forum for the exchange of information and ideas.

The committee will meet once or twice a month at a location within the Delta. Meeting times and dates will be scheduled based on committee member availability. The initial phase of committee work is expected to last six to nine months, and members should be prepared to participate for that entire time period.

The committee will be a formal advisory body to the DCA Board of Directors. As such, and like the DCA itself, it will be subject to the public transparency laws applicable to local public agencies like the Brown Act and Public Records Act.

To promote productivity and successful outcomes, committee members will be expected to read materials regarding meeting topics in advance of meetings, attend meetings and provide comment and input at meetings. And an emphasis will be placed on ensuring that stakeholder interest groups are informed regarding Delta conveyance. To this end, committee members will be expected to inform and receive input from their stakeholder group.

DCA Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee applications can be found here and are due by October 4 at 5:00 PM. For more information about the committee, please contact Nazli Parvizi at (917) 903-9761 or via email at nazliparvizi@dcdca.org.

The DCA Delta Stakeholder Engagement Committee is just one of several venues proposed for public participation related to Delta conveyance and Delta-related water issues generally. The committee does not replace the formal public engagement process that is required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). DWR will conduct a new CEQA process to gain input on the evaluation of a range of alternatives including a no-project alternative. And by law, the process will include opportunities for the public and Delta stakeholders to provide input on a full range of environmental matters, including measures and alternatives that could avoid or reduce impacts of a proposed project.

It is important to note that it will be DWR, not the DCA, that will make decisions about the range of alternatives analyzed, the definition of the proposed project and final determinations based on the CEQA analysis and public input. For more information about roles and responsibilities of the different parties, please see our website here.

For information about public outreach and participation in general for Delta conveyance, contact Janet Barbieri at (530) 919-9306 or via email at janet@jb-comm.com. If there are press inquiries, please contact Lisa Lien-Mager at (916) 653-5656.

Water and climate update: First snowfall in the Sierra Nevada

The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

The first snowfall in the mountains of the West is now being reported in the high elevations. While Colorado reported a dusting in the high country last week, the Sierra Nevada saw unusual late summer snow this week. A strong cold front provided the start of the winter season in the Sierra Nevada with snow accumulation on the Interstate 80 pass over the Sierra Nevada and winds up to 50 mph. The snow ranged from an inch or two at pass level and to a foot or more at higher elevations.

Click here to download the report.

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