New PPIC Report: A New Approach to Accounting for Environmental Water: Insights from the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta

From the PPIC Water Center: How water is apportioned to California’s cities, farms, and the environment can lead to conflict and competition in times of drought. Allocation of water to the environment in particular is poorly accounted for and poorly understood—shortcomings that can affect water policy, decision making, and public perception. This report reviews the state’s long-standing methods for defining […]

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REACTIONS to Santa Clara Valley Water District vote on California Water Fix from Brown Administration, Restore the Delta, and Delta Counties

Yesterday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted to join the California Water Fix but with some conditions, a vote that caused confusion and conflicting headlines from the water district and newspapers.  Here are reactions from yesterday’s vote at the Santa Clara Valley Water District.  The statements from the Santa Clara Valley Water District are brought forward from yesterday’s ‘This […]

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REACTIONS to Kern County Water Agency’s vote in support of Cal Water Fix

Last Thursday, the Kern County Water Agency voted to support Cal Water Fix.  I held this on Friday, expecting a press release from KCWA, but none arrived, so here are the reactions I received, listed in alphabetical order. From the Delta Counties Coalition: The Delta Counties Coalition issued the following statements in response to Kern County Water Agency’s (KCWA) vote […]

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REACTIONS to Metropolitan’s vote for the California Water Fix

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Board of Directors voted for the California Water Fix, although by no means unanimously.  Here are the reactions, starting with Metropolitan’s statement, and everyone else following in alphabetical order. From the Metropolitan Water District: The biggest water decision of this generation of Southern Californians was reached today as Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors voted to support […]

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Fish Restoration Program issues update on nine Delta restoration projects

From the Fish Restoration Program: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fish Restoration Program (FRP) addresses specific habitat restoration requirements of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) biological opinions (Biological Opinions) for State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) operations. IN THIS […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: News and reactions from Delta Counties, Friant Water Authority

The California water world is still reeling a bit from the news of Westlands vote on Tuesday, the ramifications of which are still unknown.  Here is the latest update from the Natural Resources Agency, California Water Fix program news, followed by statements by the Delta Counties Coalition, Jason Phillips with the Friant Water Authority, and Secretary John Laird. First, the […]

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REACTIONS to Westlands vote against the Delta tunnels

Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the Westlands Water District voted not to participate in the California Water Fix project, dealing what some say may be a final blow to the project. To read Westlands Water District’s statement on California Water Fix, click here. Here’s what organizations and officials had to say: From the Golden Gate Salmon Association: GGSA executive […]

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Letter: Conservation, Tribal and Fishing groups respond to Delta tunnels audit, request information about how CVP contractors will pay for the project

Yesterday, a coalition of conservation groups that included Restore the Delta, the CSPA, the Sierra Club, the Winnemem Wintu, and others sent a letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein, asking for all relevant financial, fiscal and economic data and information regarding the Delta tunnels financing be released the public, and specifically the project costs and repayment strategy for the Central Valley […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan’s third white paper on Cal Water Fix finance and cost allocation

The third in a series of policy papers prepared for the consideration of Metropolitan’s Board of Directors in advance of planned summer meetings and decisions in fall 2017. From the Metropolitan Water District: Modernizing and improving California’s water system is essential for the reliable delivery of water supplies to much of the state. About 30 percent of the water that […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan Water District posts second white paper on project operations

Metropolitan Water District has posted its second white paper on the California Water Fix, Modernizing the System: California Water Fix Operations.  The white paper is the second in a series of three white papers that have been prepared to inform board members prior to the September decision on the California Water Fix project. “Modernizing and improving California’s water system are […]

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