A primer on Delta and statewide planning projects

With the release of the Governor’s California Water Action Plan, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of planning processes currently underway. Just how many?  It’s easy to lose count.  Currently, there are three major planning efforts focused on the Delta: The Delta Plan, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan.  The […]

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Updates from the Delta Regional Forum, part 1: The Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, and the Delta Plan

On September 19, the Department of Water Resources held a Delta regional forum as part of the update to the California Water Plan.  Part of the forum was dedicated to updates on some of the relevant planning processes currently underway involving the Delta.  This post will cover the information presented regarding the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, the Central […]

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Slow yet steady progress being made on the State Water Board’s update to the Bay Delta Plan

At its June 19 meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) heard a progress report on the update of the Bay Delta Plan, the water quality control plan that identifies the beneficial uses of the Delta’s waters and then sets water quality objectives to protect those uses.  The State Water Board is the state agency that is […]

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Congressmen raise concerns about San Joaquin flow objectives and lack of integration among Delta planning processes; agency officials respond

Concerns about the State Water Board’s proposed San Joaquin River flow objectives, the BDCP’s effect on upstream water rights, and a lack of coordination between the three major Delta planning processes underway prompted Congressmen Denham, Costa, LaMalfa, Garamendi, Nunes, McClintock, and Valadao to write a letter to Governor Jerry Brown last month.  This week, agency officials responded to the congressmen […]

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Slipping timelines for the BDCP and the State Water Board’s Bay Delta Plan

Here is the latest on the timelines for the BDCP and the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan: BAY DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN At yesterday’s joint Senate oversight hearing on the BDCP, Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin told the senators that the draft EIR/EIS would still be released the week of May 6th as planned, and “the week of […]

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A status report on the State Water Board’s Bay-Delta Plan

With so much attention and focus on the Brown Administrations $18 billion tunnel plan, otherwise known as the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, it could be easy to think it was the only planning process going on in the Delta.  However, there are two other important planning processes underway, the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan and the State Water Resources Control Board’s […]

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Felicia Marcus on the California Delta: Convergence or Collision?

On March 4, 2013, the California Water Policy Seminar Series continued at UC Davis with Felicia Marcus as the guest speaker.  Felicia Marcus was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board in 2012, and recently selected by Governor Jerry Brown to become Chair of the Board, replacing the retiring Charles Hoppin.  Ms. Marcus has held a variety of distinguished […]

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State Water Board discusses updated flow objectives for San Joaquin tributaries

At their February 21st meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council heard an informational update on the State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to revise flow objectives for the Lower San Joaquin River and southern Delta salinity objectives, as the Board begins to wrap up phase one of the update to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. The Bay-Delta Water Quality […]

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Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson talks to the Delta Stewardship Council about expanding "Term 91"

After the conclusion of the public hearing on the rulemaking package on January 24, the Delta Stewardship Council held their regular monthly meeting.  The sixth item on the agenda was Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson, who presented his latest report, Term 91: Stored Water Bypass Requirements. California Water Code directs Mr. Wilson to submit regular reports on water issues to the […]

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Letter: Northern California water agencies concerned that revised Delta flow requirments and a change in point of diversion in the Delta will impact upstream water rights

In a letter sent last month to Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and State Water Board Chairman Charles Hoppin, Northern California water agencies expressed their concern of what the impact of changes in flow standards for the Delta along with a change in the point of diversion for the state and federal water projects will be on upstream water rights, and […]

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