BLOG ROUND-UP: A New Year will bring opportunities for continued progress; Major reductions in funding for Delta tunnel engineering; State needs to close the books on the voluntary agreements; and more …

A New Year will bring opportunities for continued progress

The California Farm Water Coalition writes, “Much has been written in the last few weeks about the impact an incoming Biden administration will have on the war of lawsuits between California and the Trump administration. Unfortunately, because conflict is often more interesting to write about than cooperative progress towards joint goals, these articles miss a lot of the positive work underway in our state.  California and its leaders understand that we all need water – cities, towns, farms and the environment. It is also clear that uncertainty does not benefit any water users and that working together to meet the needs of all is the best path forward. … ”  Read more from the California Farm Water Coalition here: A new year will bring opportunities for continued progress

Major reductions in funding for Delta tunnel engineering

The past year saw a 56% reduction in funding for the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority’s engineering design and field work for the Delta tunnel project. In November 2020, the Board had to cut an additional 20% cut from the budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21.  The Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) is a Joint Powers Authority created in May 2018 to design and build the twin tunnels project. The DCA is run by Metropolitan Water District, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and other participating State Water Project contractors. … ”  Read more from the Delta Legacy Communities here: Major reductions in funding for Delta tunnel engineering

State needs to close the books on the voluntary agreements

Chris Shutes writes, “Both Yuba Water Agency (YWA) and the Turlock and Modesto Irrigation Districts (Districts) allege that the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has unlawfully delayed decisions concerning their respective hydroelectric projects.  Both YWA and the Districts have mounted aggressive legal attacks on the State Water Board and on the laws that give the Board its legal authority, in order to avoid regulation by the Board.  At the same time, YWA and the Districts want the State Water Board to grant them discretionary delay to complete “Voluntary Agreements” about flow requirements in the Yuba and Tuolumne rivers.  This delay prevents the Board from setting mandatory flow requirements in the legally required and long overdue update of the Bay-Delta Plan. … ”  Read more from the CSPA here: State needs to close the books on the voluntary agreements

Functional flows can improve environmental water management in California

Ted Grantham, Jeanette Howard, Belize Lane, Rob Lusardi, Sam Sandoval-Solis, Eric Stein, Sarah Yarnell and Julie Zimmerman write, “Over the past three years, a team of scientists from universities, NGOs, and state agencies across California have been working to provide guidance on how to better manage river flows for freshwater ecosystems throughout the state. A key product of this effort is the California Environmental Flows Framework (Framework), a guidance document and set of tools to help managers and stakeholders develop environmental flow recommendations for California’s rivers. The technical approach of the Framework relies on the concept of functional flows, defined as aspects of a river’s flow that sustain the biological, chemical, and physical processes upon which native freshwater species depend. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  Functional flows can improve environmental water management in California

Setting the EPA back on track

Gina McCarthy writes, “By a margin of more than 6.2 million votes, Americans elected Joe Biden president, largely on his promise to help unite the country and restore the public’s faith in our democracy.  It’s a tall order, but he can make a good start on both by setting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back on track. Few arms of the government touch all of us more directly or have suffered more harm under Donald Trump. It was 50 years ago, on December 2, 1970, when Richard Nixon, a Republican president, established the EPA to protect the public from runaway pollution that damaged our health and put our communities at risk. ... ”  Read more from the NRDC here: Setting the EPA back on track

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