THIS JUST IN … Reclamation releases updated environmental document for California WaterFix

From the Bureau of Reclamation: “The Bureau of Reclamation released today the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the California WaterFix. The document outlines several changes proposed by the California Department of Water Resources, the state lead agency for the California WaterFix, which require additional analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act. The proposed modifications in the environmental […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR releases economic analysis showing value of investing in WaterFix

The benefit-cost analysis shows water users will see benefits far exceeding costs, state says From the Department of Water Resources: Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Benefit-Cost Analysis for California WaterFix by Dr. David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley, that finds WaterFix could bring billions of dollars in benefits to Californians who […]

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THIS JUST IN … Delta Stewardship Council schedules appeal hearing for California Water Fix

Council schedules Oct. 24-26, 2018 Public Hearing for WaterFix Appeals From the Delta Stewardship Council: The Delta Stewardship Council has scheduled a public hearing on nine appeals of the certification of consistency with the Delta Plan that was filed by the California Department of Water Resources for its California WaterFix project. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday […]

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THIS JUST IN … Statements from Restore the Delta and Food and Water Watch, Delta Counties Coalition in response to Joint Legislative Budget Committee Hearing

DWR Director Karla Nemeth verbally commits to bring back future SWP contract amendments related to the tunnels project back to the legislature for further review From Restore the Delta and Food and Water Watch: Today the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) held an informational hearing to discuss the State Water Project (SWP) contract extensions. JLBC Chair Senator Holly Mitchell (D-30, […]

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AFTERNOON UPDATE … Joint Legislative Budget Committee hearing: the battle wages on …

Tomorrow at 10am, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee is scheduled to hold an informational hearing on the State Water Project contract extension.  The hearing has been scheduled twice – and postponed twice – as a result of Restore the Delta’s intense social media campaign and their ability to organize their constituents to get on the phone and call their legislators.  […]

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THIS JUST IN … Watchdogs Sue Metropolitan Water District Over Delta Tunnel Financing

MWD’s planned rate hikes to pay for WaterFix Project violate Propositions 26 and 13 From Food and Water Watch: Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety served a lawsuit today to challenge the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s approval of $11 billion to fund the twin Delta Tunnels. The groups claim MWD’s financing violates the taxpayer protection […]

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THIS JUST IN … AB 747 Water rights bill heads to Governor’s desk

The bill would create an Administrative Hearings Office within the SWRCB From the Byron Bethany Irrigation District: In a decisive vote, lawmakers acted late Friday to pass Assembly Bill 747, water rights legislation introduced by Assemblymember Anna Caballero (D-Salinas). The bill crafted by Byron-Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) takes steps to restore Constitutional due process and fundamental fairness currently lacking for […]

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THIS JUST IN … Push for drinking water tax dies in the California Legislature

From the Sacramento Bee: “An effort to impose a “voluntary” water tax on residents to pay for safe drinking water projects died in the Legislature on Friday. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon called the legislation and other one-time monetary allocations to water projects “a piecemeal funding approach” that “won’t work.” “The Assembly is committed to identifying a sustainable funding source to […]

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THIS JUST IN … Joint Legislative Budget Committee hearing postponed again

Received from Restore the Delta late last night: “Restore the Delta has received confirmation from reputable sources that the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) hearing for the State Water Project contract extension has been postponed again, after members of the public, NGO’s, the Mercury News Editorial Board, and the Los Angeles Daily News put pressure on key legislators and the Brown Administration […]

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THIS JUST IN … Nine appeals filed regarding California WaterFix certification of consistency with the Delta Plan

The Delta Stewardship Council reports that nine appeals have been filed for the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) July 27, 2018 certification of consistency with the Delta Plan for its California WaterFix project. The Delta Reform Act requires that any state or local agency doing a project in the Delta that meet the definition of a ‘covered action’ certify that […]

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