THIS JUST IN … Water Supply Allocation Increases Slightly for State Water Contractors

State Water Project allocation now 35%, up from 30% From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today increased the State Water Project (SWP) allocation for 2018 to 35 percent – up slightly from the 30 percent allocation announced in April. In December, SWP contractors were notified of an initial 15 percent allocation that was […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Releases Draft Prioritization of Groundwater Basins Under SGMA

38 basins previously ranked high/medium priority drop to low/very-low priority; 14 new basins now high/medium priority and subject to SGMA Comment Period Opens Today and Runs Through July 18 From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a draft prioritization of groundwater basins as required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR forms partnership for design and construction of WaterFix; JPA charged with constructing California Water Fix holds inaugural meeting; Delta County Supervisors in staunch opposition to WaterFix construction

DWR Forms Partnership for Design and Construction of WaterFix From the Department of Water Resources: Today the Department of Water Resources (DWR) entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement with the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), forming a partnership for the design and construction of California WaterFix. “This agreement signals a key step toward implementation of WaterFix, […]

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THIS JUST IN … Congressman John Garamendi Slams Efforts to Outlaw Judicial Review of California WaterFix; NRDC and Restore the Delta respond

From Congressman John Garamendi’s office: Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a longtime opponent of the California WaterFix who served as Deputy Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, critiqued language in the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior and Environment appropriations bill that would prohibit state and federal judicial review of the Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Impact Report for California WaterFix: […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Contractors Announce Formation of Joint Powers Authority for California WaterFix

From the State Water Contractors: Uniting Southern and Northern California in a collaborative water supply reliability vision, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) and Zone 7 Water Agency today announced their partnership and formation of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Joint Powers Authority (DCA) — the public agency that will be […]

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THIS JUST IN … California WaterFix Implementation Prompts Organizational Adjustments at DWR

Final permitting for WaterFix is on the horizon and implementation is imminent,” says DWR Director Karla Nemeth From Karla Nemeth, Director of the Department of Water Resources: California WaterFix marked several key milestones last year and in recent months, including the completion of the State’s environmental review process, productive collaboration on cost allocation among the State Water Contractors, and the […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Commission releases final adjusted Public Benefit Ratios

From the California Water Commission: Last week, the California Water Commission determined the public benefits and eligible funding amounts for 11 proposed water storage projects, taking another step toward awarding close to $2.7 billion in funding to help expand the state’s water storage capacity. The Commission made decisions on each project’s public benefit value to calculate that project’s public benefit […]

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THIS JUST IN … Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Protect Communities from Wildfire, Climate Impacts

From the Office of the Governor: In the face of the worst wildfires in California’s history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order to combat dangerous tree mortality, increase the ability of our forests to capture carbon and systematically improve forest management. “Devastating forest fires are a profound challenge to California,” said Governor Brown. “I intend to […]

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THIS JUST IN … San Jose water agency approves up to $650 million for Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels project

From the San Jose Mercury News: “In a significant boost for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Delta, Silicon Valley’s largest water agency on Tuesday endorsed the project and voted to commit up to $650 million to help pay for it. By a 4-3 vote, the Santa Clara Valley Water […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR Increases Water Supply Allocation to State Water Contractors to 30%

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced a statewide increase in State Water Project (SWP) allocations for 2018. SWP contractors can now expect to receive 30 percent of their requests, up from the initial 15 percent allocation in December and the 20 percent announced in January. “Late precipitation and snow in March has […]

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