THIS JUST IN … Secretary Laird sends letter opposing riders to exempt Cal Water Fix and other water projects from judicial review

“Any proposal to exempt water projects from judicial review would violate due process and undermine public confidence,” he writes. Secretary Laird send this letter today to members on the Senate and House committees on appropriations: “I am writing to express opposition to recent attempts by Congress to circumvent California’s water management framework by adding riders to the Appropriations bill. Particularly […]

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THIS JUST IN … Reps. McNerney and Garamendi offer amendments to protect California water rights and ensure tunnels comply with environmental laws

Amendments to H.R. 6147 would strike language prohibiting lawsuits against California water projects including WaterFix Today, Congressmen Jerry McNerney (CA-09), and John Garamendi (CA-03) offered amendments to H.R. 6147, the Interior and Environment appropriations bills, to remove language that would prohibit state and federal lawsuits against the twin tunnels and to strip language that would prohibit lawsuits against the five […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Fix: Draft Delta Plan Certificate of Consistency posted

The Delta Reform Act, as implemented by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC), requires a project proponent to certify through a Consistency Determination that proposed covered actions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are consistent with the co-equal goals identified in the Delta Reform Act and all applicable Delta Plan policies. As such, the Department of Water Resources posted the draft Certification of Consistency for California WaterFix […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Fix Supplemental EIR/EIS released

Public comment period open until September 17 From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for California WaterFix. The document analyzes several proposed changes designed to reduce the project’s footprint and costs, and minimize impacts on environmental resources in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta), […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: Restore the Delta responds to SWRCB Delta Water Quality Plan Update; State Water Board releases guidelines for testing and reporting on PFOA and PFOS in drinking water

Restore the Delta Responds to SWRCB Delta Water Quality Plan Update Restore the Delta thanks the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for stating that the lower San Joaquin River (Merced River to the Delta) inflow should contribute to Delta outflow to the San Francisco Bay in their recent water quality plan update for the Delta. Restore the Delta supports […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: House passes bill to support critical water infrastructure for tribes, local communities; Grijalva: Republicans still scamming the public on Endangered Species Act; Weekly water and climate report

From the House Committee on Natural Resources: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3281, the Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act. Introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), this bipartisan bill establishes a voluntary, streamlined process for local utilities, states or tribes to pursue title transfers. “Our communities can’t flourish without access to water. That’s why this […]

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REACTIONS: Delta Counties Coalition, Food & Water Watch react to Metropolitan Delta tunnels re-vote *UPDATED with Restore the Delta response*; ACWA and Golden Gate Salmon Assn comment on State Water Board’s proposal for increasing flows

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Water District voted once again to support construction of the full California Water Fix project, amongst allegations of Brown Act violations and backroom deals.  Here are reactions I’ve received so far: From the Delta Counties Coalition: The Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) issued the following statement in response to Metropolitan Water District’s vote to finance the State of […]

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NEWS WORTH NOTING: State Water Board adopts effort to improve access to data on State’s water quality; Central Delta Corridor Conservation Strategy design workshop scheduled; California provides scientific guidance for restoring coastal areas impacted by power plants

State Water Board Adopts Effort to Improve Access to Data on State’s Water Quality State Water Board Adopts Open Data Resolution Commits to Improved Access to Water Data that Informs Regulatory and Operational Decisions on the Future of Water in California From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution today on open […]

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THIS JUST IN … Metropolitan Board agrees to fund two-tunnel California Water Fix (again)

Board authorizes $10.8 billion for project to modernize state water delivery system From the Metropolitan Water District: The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted today to provide the additional financing needed for the full construction of the California WaterFix project to modernize the state’s badly outdated and increasingly vulnerable water delivery system. The board […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Seeks Public Comment on Final Draft Bay-Delta Plan Update for the Lower San Joaquin River and Southern Delta

Framework for updating Sacramento/Delta flow requirements also released From the State Water Resources Control Board: Following nine years of research and extensive public outreach, the State Water Resources Control Board today released a final draft plan to increase water flows through the Lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries—the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers—to prevent an ecological crisis, including the […]

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