CA WATER COMMISSION: Proposed rulemaking for procedure for Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act determinations

The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act was enacted by Congress on December 16, 2016. The purposes of the WIIN Act include improving water infrastructure across the country. Section 4007 addresses water projects in California and makes funding available to build water storage projects in California.  The proposed regulations provide the process for a project proponent to obtain the California Water Commission’s determination that the project is consistent with Proposition 1, which was codified as Division 26.7 of the California Water Code and approved by voters in November 2014.

On June 19, 2019, the Commission directed staff to draft regulations that document the Commission’s process for making a determination, and to start the formal rulemaking process, including publication of the notice. The draft regulations, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Initial Statement of Reasons are now available on the Commission’s website.

The public comment period for the proposed rulemaking begins today. To be considered by the Commission, written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 18, 2019. The Commission will conduct a public hearing in Sacramento on December 18, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. Interested members of the public may present comments orally or in writing at the hearing and may provide comments by postal mail or by electronic submittal before the hearing. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking contains additional details about the public hearing and how to provide comments.

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