THIS JUST IN … Initial State Water Project Allocation Set at ­­15 Percent

Conservative Allocation Typical of Early Season Forecast From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial water allocation of ­­15 percent for most State Water Project (SWP) contractors for the 2018 calendar year. That allocation will likely change depending on rain and snowfall received this winter. “It’s hard to know what mother nature […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Fisheries Groups Sue State for Failure to Protect Impaired Waterways

From the Institute for Fisheries Resources: Today four commercial fisheries organizations filed a lawsuit accusing the California State Water Resources Control Board (the Water Board) of failing to fulfill their responsibility to protect clean water and public trust resources in the Bay Delta and Central Valley. At issue is the state’s failure to list long-suffering Delta waterways as impaired on […]

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THIS JUST IN … River Defenders File Lawsuit to Protect California’s Waterways

Suit seeks state compliance with the Clean Water Act and CEQA From the Earth Law Center: Today, a coalition of river defenders filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board for its failure to meet key Clean Water Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements intended to protect the ecological health of waterways. Lawyers for Clean Water […]

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THIS JUST IN … Delta Plan Amendments Program Environmental Impact Report Available for Public Review and Comment

From the Delta Stewardship Council: Today, Nov. 1, 2017, the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), released the Delta Plan Amendments Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for a 47-day public review and comment period. As part of this release, Council staff is hosting two public open houses today and tomorrow, one in Stockton […]

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THIS JUST IN … Department of Interior/Bureau of Reclamation issues statement on California Water Fix

Below is a statement from the Department of the Interior released Oct. 25 regarding the California WaterFix. “While the Department of the Interior shares the goals of the state of California to deliver water with more certainty, eliminating risks to the California water supply and improving the environment, at this time, the Department under the current state proposal does not expect […]

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THIS JUST IN … Trump Administration does not support the Delta tunnels project, reports the AP

From the Associated Press via the San Jose Mercury News: “The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will not support a massive water project proposed by California, the latest and most serious blow for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to re-engineer the state’s water system by building two giant water tunnels. “The Trump Administration did not fund the project and chose […]

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THIS JUST IN … Santa Clara Valley Water District board votes to participate in California WaterFix project … some conflicting headlines

From the Santa Clara Valley Water District: On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted to participate in the California WaterFix project, the state’s proposed plan to improve the infrastructure that carries water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The participation is conditional, based on seven guiding principles listed below. As much as 40 percent of the water Santa Clara […]

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THIS JUST IN … Sacramento Bee: Kern County farmers say they’re willing to pay for the Delta tunnels

From the Sacramento Bee: “A bloc of San Joaquin farmers tentatively endorsed the Delta tunnels project Thursday, becoming the first significant agricultural group to support the struggling plan.  But the level of support from members of the Kern County Water Agency, which serves much of the $7 billion-a-year farm economy at the southern end of the valley, was less than […]

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SACRAMENTO BEE: Despite some opposition from Los Angeles, giant Southern California water agency approves Delta tunnels project

From the Sacramento Bee: Southern California’s powerful water agency committed more than $4 billion to the Delta tunnels Tuesday, giving the troubled plan a desperately-needed vote of confidence. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board voted to pay for about a quarter of the tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17.1 billion effort to re-engineer the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and […]

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