Joint Legislative Budget Committee hearing on the contract extensions for the State Water Project is on again – and so is the heat …

Once again, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee has scheduled a hearing on the State Water Project Contract Extension for 10 am on Tuesday, September 11.  Water Code Section 147.5 requires an informational hearing with the legislature at least 60 days prior to final approval of any contract extension. The existing State Water Project contracts are set to expire in 2035.  […]

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OROVILLE SPILLWAYS: Cost Estimate and Construction Update (with pictures and video)

Current cost estimate now $1.1 billion From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today provided an update on construction activities and estimated costs for the Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project. Main Spillway November 1, 2018 is a public safety construction milestone to complete placement of all concrete on the main spillway. Dry finishing, concrete curing, […]

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Secretary Zinke issues call to action for Central Valley Project

On Friday, Secretary Zinke issued a memo calling for specific actions to be taken within 15 days to maximize Central Valley Project deliveries, including streamlining ESA and NEPA consultations, reassessing legal interpretations, identifying infrastructure upgrades, and preparing legislative and litigation measures. “Today, the Central Valley Project is in such a desperate state of disrepair that it cannot effectively achieve its […]

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REACTIONS: Delta Counties Coalition, Food & Water Watch react to Metropolitan Delta tunnels re-vote *UPDATED with Restore the Delta response*; ACWA and Golden Gate Salmon Assn comment on State Water Board’s proposal for increasing flows

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Water District voted once again to support construction of the full California Water Fix project, amongst allegations of Brown Act violations and backroom deals.  Here are reactions I’ve received so far: From the Delta Counties Coalition: The Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) issued the following statement in response to Metropolitan Water District’s vote to finance the State of […]

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REACTIONS to Santa Clara Valley Water District’s vote on Cal Water Fix

Yesterday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors voted 4 to 3 to participate in California WaterFix.  Here’s what officials and organizations had to say. From the Santa Clara Valley Water District: Today, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors voted 4-3 to participate in the California WaterFix project, the state’s proposed plan to improve the […]

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Ahead of key Cal Water Fix vote today in Santa Clara, tunnel opponents come out swinging

This morning, starting at 9:30am, the Santa Clara Valley Water District will be voting on whether to support the full California Water Fix project, a vote that was put off last week to give the directors more time to consider their decision. Here’s what tunnel opponents are saying this morning: Metropolitan Water District Accused of Violating Transparency Law, Jeopardizing April […]

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THIS JUST IN … Commission Moves Step Closer to Funding Prop 1 Water Storage Projects

From the California Water Commission: The California Water Commission on Thursday 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 decisions capped a three-day meeting in Sacramento in which the Commission heard staff recommendations as […]

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California Water Commission posts Water Storage Investment Program Public Benefit Ratio Appeal Responses

From the California Water Commission: California Water Commission staff today released updated assessments of the public benefits of proposed water storage projects, a step that keeps the Commission on track to award $2.7 billion in funding this summer. Proposition 1, approved by voters in 2014, funds the public benefit aspects of water storage projects: specifically, ecosystem improvement, water quality improvement, […]

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REACTIONS to Metropolitan Water District vote to support full California Water Fix project

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors voted to support full construction of the California Water Fix, although nowhere near unanimously with vote shaking out to roughly 61% to 39%. Here’s what agencies and organizations had to say, beginning with Metropolitan Water District, the Governor, and then agencies and organizations in alphabetical order. From Metropolitan Water District: The board […]

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OROVILLE OPERATIONS UPDATE: Use of Main Spillway Now Unlikely

From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today determined use of Lake Oroville’s flood control outlet spillway (also known as the main spillway) is now unlikely this week. The weather system experienced in the Feather River basin over the weekend, while delivering an unusually high amount of precipitation for this time of year, did […]

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