METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: SWP contract amendment for Delta conveyance; Activities of the Delta conveyance JPAs; Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy

At the September meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Steve Arakawa, Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Initiatives Manager, updated the committee members on the negotiations between the State Water Project contractors and the Department of Water Resources regarding the Delta conveyance project, and the activities of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority and the Delta Conveyance Finance JPA.  […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: DWR Director Karla Nemeth on the Department’s Strategic Plan, Delta conveyance

At the August meeting of the California Water Commission, Karla Nemeth, Director of the Department of Water Resources (DWR), spoke to the commissioners about the Department’s strategic plan and the work underway on the Delta conveyance project, which she noted nests into the strategic plan as a key feature of what needs to be done to modernize the State Water […]

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DELTA CONVEYANCE UPDATE: Valley Water board ponders their participation level, discusses an Delta conveyance environmental stakeholder committee

At the August meeting of the Board of Directors of Valley Water (formerly the Santa Clara Valley Water District), staff updated the board of directors on the status of the Delta conveyance project and the negotiations for the State Water Project contract amendment.  Board members also discussed their participation level in the Delta conveyance project and the importance of public […]

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STATE WATER PROJECT: An overview

Presentation Covers the History, Physical Features, Statutory Authorities, Contractual Terms, Significant Legal Decisions, and Cost Allocation Framework of the State Water Project At the January 2019 meeting of Metropolitan’s Finance and Insurance Committee, Metropolitan staff began what was intended to be a series of presentations to provide committee members with information to determine how Metropolitan should address its California Water […]

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PFAS EXPLAINED: The growing crisis of ‘forever chemicals’

PFAS are a group of chemicals that have become ubiquitous in consumer goods – and the environment.  What are they and what can be done about them? PFAS, or poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances have received a lot of attention in the media recently.  Initially notorious for contaminating drinking water sources as a result of industrial releases and use of firefighting […]

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MET WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMM: Secretary Crowfoot talks about the water resilience portfolio, Delta conveyance, and more …

At the July meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee meeting, the bulk of the meeting was taken up by a visit from Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot who discussed the Governor’s water resilience portfolio and reiterated the Newsom Administration’s support for modernized conveyance in the Delta.  That was followed by a robust discussion that included further discussion […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on Governor’s water resilience portfolio and Delta conveyance planning efforts

At last week’s meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the committee on the Governor’s water resilience portfolio and the continuing planning efforts for Delta conveyance. STATEWIDE WATER RESILIENCE PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT The state administration is looking for input from different parts of the state on a water resilience portfolio, including water […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Governor Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio Initiative Listening Session

On April 29, 2019, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-10-19 that directed the secretaries of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to prepare a water resilience portfolio that would meet the needs of California’s communities for the economy, and the environment through the 21st century.  The executive order calls […]

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DELTA SCIENCE: Lead Scientist Dr. Callaway updates the State Water Board on science efforts in the Delta

At the May 21st meeting of the State Water Board, Lead Scientist Dr. John Callaway updated Board members of ongoing science efforts in the Delta.  In his update, Dr. Callaway discussed the advisory panel report on biological goals, the results from the recent research solicitation, and a paper on salmon resiliency in the face of climate change. BIOLOGICAL GOALS ADVISORY […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Delta Watermaster Quarterly Update

Report has good news on Delta water rights and measurement of diversions, but not so good news in the South Delta At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George gave his quarterly update on the activities of his office.  He had good news about water rights and measurement of diversions, but had bad news about […]

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