THIS JUST IN … Reclamation releases updated environmental document for California WaterFix

From the Bureau of Reclamation: “The Bureau of Reclamation released today the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the California WaterFix. The document outlines several changes proposed by the California Department of Water Resources, the state lead agency for the California WaterFix, which require additional analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act. The proposed modifications in the environmental […]

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THIS JUST IN … DWR releases economic analysis showing value of investing in WaterFix

The benefit-cost analysis shows water users will see benefits far exceeding costs, state says From the Department of Water Resources: Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Benefit-Cost Analysis for California WaterFix by Dr. David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley, that finds WaterFix could bring billions of dollars in benefits to Californians who […]

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THIS JUST IN … Delta Stewardship Council schedules appeal hearing for California Water Fix

Council schedules Oct. 24-26, 2018 Public Hearing for WaterFix Appeals From the Delta Stewardship Council: The Delta Stewardship Council has scheduled a public hearing on nine appeals of the certification of consistency with the Delta Plan that was filed by the California Department of Water Resources for its California WaterFix project. The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday […]

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CAL WATER FIX HEARING: Ruling on procedural matters, updated hearing schedule

Sur-rebuttal to begin on September 26 From the California Water Fix Hearing Team at the State Water Board: Service List and Interested Parties, This email transmits the hearing officers’ ruling on two procedural matters, and provides notice that hearing team staff will be deleting existing files in parties’ WaterFix File Transfer Protocol (FTP) folders. On September 11, 2018, Local Agencies […]

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THIS JUST IN … Watchdogs Sue Metropolitan Water District Over Delta Tunnel Financing

MWD’s planned rate hikes to pay for WaterFix Project violate Propositions 26 and 13 From Food and Water Watch: Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety served a lawsuit today to challenge the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s approval of $11 billion to fund the twin Delta Tunnels. The groups claim MWD’s financing violates the taxpayer protection […]

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CAL WATER FIX HEARING: Response to San Joaquin Tributaries letter regarding July 27 ruling

From the California Water Fix Hearing Team at the State Water Board, the latest ruling letter: “This letter responds to the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority’s (SJTA) August 1, 2018 letter regarding our July 27, 2018 ruling on rebuttal testimony and subpoenas. In that ruling, we determined that SJTA’s rebuttal testimony concerning the merits of the Vernalis flow criteria contained in […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: California Water Fix update, State Water Board’s Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan update

At the July meeting of the Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members received an update on the California Water Fix project, including a report on the recent meetings of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Agency and the Delta Conveyance Finance JPA.  They were also briefed on the State Water Board’s update to the Bay Delta Water […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Ruling letter on Rebuttal Testimony and Outstanding Subpoenas

From the California Water Fix Hearing Team, the latest ruling letter on the California Water Fix hearing for the change in point of diversion: This ruling addresses testimony that is partly or wholly outside the scope of Part 2 rebuttal, as well as subpoenas served by San Joaquin Tributaries Authority (SJTA) and a notice to appear served by Deirdre Des […]

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THIS JUST IN … Secretary Laird sends letter opposing riders to exempt Cal Water Fix and other water projects from judicial review

“Any proposal to exempt water projects from judicial review would violate due process and undermine public confidence,” he writes. Secretary Laird send this letter today to members on the Senate and House committees on appropriations: “I am writing to express opposition to recent attempts by Congress to circumvent California’s water management framework by adding riders to the Appropriations bill. Particularly […]

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THIS JUST IN … Reps. McNerney and Garamendi offer amendments to protect California water rights and ensure tunnels comply with environmental laws

Amendments to H.R. 6147 would strike language prohibiting lawsuits against California water projects including WaterFix Today, Congressmen Jerry McNerney (CA-09), and John Garamendi (CA-03) offered amendments to H.R. 6147, the Interior and Environment appropriations bills, to remove language that would prohibit state and federal lawsuits against the twin tunnels and to strip language that would prohibit lawsuits against the five […]

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