THIS JUST IN … PPIC releases updated briefings on California’s Water

From the PPIC Water Center: Climate change, population growth, and declining ecosystem health are putting pressures on the state’s water management systems. This briefing kit captures the latest research and enables informed decision making on 13 of the state’s most pressing water policy challenges.   TOPICS INCLUDED: » Climate Change and Water » The Colorado River » Energy and Water […]

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THIS JUST IN … Delta Stewardship Council staff issues draft determination: substantial evidence does not exist in the record to support DWR’s finding that California WaterFix is consistent with the Delta Plan

Public workshop scheduled for November 15 and 16 From the Delta Stewardship Council: The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) will conduct a public workshop on November 15-16, 2018 at the Ramada Inn (1250 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691) to review and discuss a staff draft Determination related to appeals received on the California WaterFix project Certification of Consistency with the […]

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THIS JUST IN … Brown, Newsom wade in to delay plan to withhold water from cities, farms

From the Sacramento Bee: “Gov. Jerry Brown and incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom have waded in one of California’s fiercest water wars, prompting state regulators to delay a key vote on a proposal meant to help struggling salmon and steelhead trout. In a letter Tuesday to the California State Water Resources Board, Brown and Newsom urged it to postpone consideration of […]

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REACTIONS: Legislators, Growers, and interest groups comment on Presidential memo

Earlier today, President Trump signed an executive memorandum on water intended to bring more water to Valley farms.  Here’s what legislators and interest groups had to say: From House Republicans (McCarthy, Nunes, Valadao, Denham, McClintock. LaMalfa): “Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Representatives Devin Nunes (CA-22), David Valadao (CA-21), Jeff Denham (CA-10), Ken Calvert (CA-42), Tom McClintock (CA-4), and Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) released […]

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THIS JUST IN … Trump to jump into Western water wars ahead of midterms

From Politico: “President Donald Trump is jumping into Western water wars on the side of agricultural interests just weeks before the midterm elections, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the plans — a major political gift for GOP incumbents in some of the most competitive House races in the country where water supply is a top campaign topic. California […]

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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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