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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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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THIS JUST IN … State Water Project contract extension update: Delta County leaders ask legislators to halt SWP contract extension; Groups submit letter outlining their concerns **UPDATED with State Water Contractors fact sheet**

Earlier today, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational hearing on proposed amendments to the State Water Project contracts.  In advance of the hearing, a coalition of interest groups submitted a letter and supporting memo outlining their concerns in detail, and afterwards, the Delta Counties Coalition issued a statement calling for a halt to the process. […]

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THIS JUST IN … Delta Stewardship Council releases statement regarding lawsuits contesting Delta Plan amendments

From the Delta Stewardship Council: Following today’s (June 28) regular meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council released the following statement from Executive Officer Jessica R. Pearson regarding lawsuits filed in Sacramento Superior Court against its recent amendments to the Delta Plan. “Following adoption of amendments to the Delta Plan, 17 parties late last month filed four lawsuits against the Delta Stewardship […]

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THIS JUST IN … Commission Completes Final Round of Scoring for Water Storage Projects

Proposition 1 Funds Will Be Awarded to Expand State’s Water Storage Capacity From the California Water Commission: The California Water Commission approved final application scores over the past two days for eight proposed water storage projects, clearing the way to award nearly $2.7 billion in Proposition 1 funds to help expand the state’s water storage capacity. The Commission also made […]

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THIS JUST IN … Senate Passes Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

From Senator Feinstein’s office: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement after the Senate passed the fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill: “This bill reflects the needs of our nation, making key investments in our water infrastructure, preventing and mitigating the effects of drought, important […]

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