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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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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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 … State Water Board sets date to start Part 2 of California Water Fix hearings; issues ruling letter

PART 2 of the hearing will resume at 9:30 a.m. on January 18, 2018 From the California Water Fix Hearing Team at the State Water Resources Control Board: This ruling grants the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) August 3, 2017 request to establish a schedule for Part 2 of the hearing before the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan Committee hears presentation on Cal Water Fix cost allocation and financing

On August 14th, Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta and the Water Planning and Stewardship Committee held a joint meeting to hear a presentation on the last of three white papers that staff has prepared on the California Water Fix, this one focusing on the costs and financing for the project.  Staff has developed the white papers to inform board […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Save the California Delta Alliance writes Water Board expressing concerns about starting Part 2; DWR responds

On August 3rd, the Save the California Delta Alliance expressed their concerns about the preparations for beginning Part 2 of the hearings in an 11-page letter, saying: Read Save the California Delta Alliance letter here: CWF STCDA Letter The Department of Water Resources has responded, noting that these matters have already been decided in prior rulings, saying: Read the response […]

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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: Deadlines to Respond to Part 2 Scheduling and SVWU Motion

From the California Water Fix Hearing Team at the State Water Resources Control Board: Part 2 Hearing Schedule Request On August 1, 2017, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) via email, confirmed the public availability and provided hyperlinks to the final Biological Opinions from the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the final 2081(b) Incidental […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: DWR Letter: Public Availability of Sufficient Information to Notice Part 2 of the California WaterFix water rights change petition hearing

From the California Water Fix Hearing Team at the State Water Board: Letter from the Department of Water Resources to the Hearing Officers Dear Hearing Officers, On Monday, July 31, 2017, the California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) submitted notice to the hearing team and parties for the California WaterFix water rights change petition hearing regarding the availability of the […]

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