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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THIS JUST IN … California State Auditor releases report on California Water Fix

Report finds costs and timeline of the planning phase increased significantly due to the scale and unexpected complexity of the project; DWR has not ensured that it is prepared for the transition of WaterFix  and has not completed either an economic or a financial analysis to demonstrate the financial viability of the project The California State Auditor has released the […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board posts materials related to the Phase II Update of the Bay-Delta Plan

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board has posted several documents on its website related to the Phase II update of the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan).  Phase II addresses requirements for flows and cold water habitat in the Sacramento River, its tributaries, and tributaries […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Supreme Court denies review of Metropolitan-San Diego rate case; San Diego County Water Authority, Metropolitan issue statements

State Supreme Court Denies Review of Rate Case, Confirms Important Victories From the San Diego County Water Authority: The California Supreme Court today denied a petition by the San Diego County Water Authority to review an appellate court ruling in a case of statewide significance over rates set by the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. After winning […]

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THIS JUST IN … Westlands Water District Issues Statement on California WaterFix

From the Westlands Water District: After a thorough analysis by independent consultants and District staff, multiple special board meetings, and grower workshops, the Westlands Water District Board of Directors voted by a margin of 7 to 1 to not participate in the California WaterFix (CWF). The District appreciates the efforts of Governor Jerry Brown and his administration to balance the […]

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THIS JUST IN … Westlands rejects Delta tunnels plan *UPDATED*

From the Sacramento Bee: “The Latest on a water district vote on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $16 billion tunnel project (all times local):  2:55 p.m.  Board members of a key California farming district have voted not to participate in Gov. Jerry Brown’s $16 billion water tunnel proposal.  Farmers in Westlands Water District — the nation’s largest irrigation district — said Tuesday […]

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THIS JUST IN … Assemblyman Gray Secures Rare Victory for Water Rights Holders

From the office of Assemblyman Adam Gray: Assemblyman Adam C. Gray’s (D-Merced) announced the landmark passage of water rights fairness legislation after the bill received final approval on the last day of the Legislative session. The bill requires that unbiased administrative law judges conduct water rights enforcement hearings, instead of the State Water Board. “The region I represent is the […]

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