FINAL DOCUMENTS: Department of Water Resources releases final EIR for the State Water Project contract extensions

From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources has completed the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Water Supply Contract Extension Project, in compliance with CEQA.  The FEIR can be found in the Water Supply Contract Extension Project website:  https://water.ca.gov/Programs/State-Water-Project/Management/Water-Supply-Contract-Extension The Department will hold a public meeting to discuss the documents on Friday from 11am to 1pm at […]

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REACTIONS: Organizations and Legislators respond to State Water Board decision to delay vote, Delta Stewardship Council’s draft determination for the California Water Fix project

Last week was certainly an active week for California water.  On Wednesday, the State Water Board decided to delay their vote on San Joaquin River flow objectives after receiving a letter from Governor Brown and Governor-elect Newsom.  The following day, the Delta Stewardship Council staff posted their draft determination on the Cal Water Fix consistency determination, saying that there is […]

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MORNING NEWS FLASH … Governor Brown, Gavin Newsom send letter to State Water Board, asking them to postpone today’s vote

Governor Jerry Brown and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom have sent a letter asking the State Water Board to postpone voting on the proposal to increase flows on the San Joaquin tributaries until December 12, 2018.  The vote is scheduled for today. “For many months, state agencies, water districts, and others have been working hard to achieve voluntary agreements that would […]

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OROVILLE SPILLWAYS CONSTRUCTION: DWR Meets November 1 Public Safety Milestone (with photos and video)

Oroville Dam’s Main Spillway Fully Reconstructed From the Department of Water Resources: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced it has met its goal of completely reconstructing the main spillway at Oroville Dam by Nov. 1 to be prepared for the upcoming winter. The newly constructed spillway is now built to its original design capacity of 270,000 cubic feet […]

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Presidential Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West

From President Donald Trump: MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR THE SECRETARY OF COMMERCE THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY THE CHAIR OF THE COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY Subject:        Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the […]

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LETTER: Interest groups send letter to DWR, say EIR for State Water Project contract extensions must be revised

A large group of environmental and fishing organizations have sent a letter to Department of Water Resources, saying that the environmental impact review for the State Water Project Contract Extension should be revised due to substantial changes in circumstances since the original EIR was prepared in 2016. Signatories to the letter include the Planning and Conservation League, AquAlliance, Center for […]

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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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