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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THIS JUST IN … California Water Fix: Draft Delta Plan Certificate of Consistency posted

The Delta Reform Act, as implemented by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC), requires a project proponent to certify through a Consistency Determination that proposed covered actions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are consistent with the co-equal goals identified in the Delta Reform Act and all applicable Delta Plan policies. As such, the Department of Water Resources posted the draft Certification of Consistency for California WaterFix […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Fix Supplemental EIR/EIS released

Public comment period open until September 17 From the Department of Water Resources: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for California WaterFix. The document analyzes several proposed changes designed to reduce the project’s footprint and costs, and minimize impacts on environmental resources in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta), […]

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REACTIONS: Delta Counties Coalition, Food & Water Watch react to Metropolitan Delta tunnels re-vote *UPDATED with Restore the Delta response*; ACWA and Golden Gate Salmon Assn comment on State Water Board’s proposal for increasing flows

Yesterday, the Metropolitan Water District voted once again to support construction of the full California Water Fix project, amongst allegations of Brown Act violations and backroom deals.  Here are reactions I’ve received so far: From the Delta Counties Coalition: The Delta Counties Coalition (DCC) issued the following statement in response to Metropolitan Water District’s vote to finance the State of […]

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THIS JUST IN … Metropolitan Board agrees to fund two-tunnel California Water Fix (again)

Board authorizes $10.8 billion for project to modernize state water delivery system From the Metropolitan Water District: The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted today to provide the additional financing needed for the full construction of the California WaterFix project to modernize the state’s badly outdated and increasingly vulnerable water delivery system. The board […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Project contract extension update: Delta County leaders ask legislators to halt SWP contract extension; Groups submit letter outlining their concerns **UPDATED with State Water Contractors fact sheet**

Earlier today, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational hearing on proposed amendments to the State Water Project contracts.  In advance of the hearing, a coalition of interest groups submitted a letter and supporting memo outlining their concerns in detail, and afterwards, the Delta Counties Coalition issued a statement calling for a halt to the process. […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX HEARING UPDATE: Ruling letters on Part 2 Rebuttal, status of exhibits

Hearing to resume on August 2nd The California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Resources Control Board has issued two ruling letters this afternoon. The first ruling letter states that with the recent release of the administrative draft of the supplemental environmental impact report for the California Water Fix project is adequate for the hearing to proceed; the […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Water Fix Administrative Draft Supplemental Environmental Review Documents Posted Online

From the Department of Water Resources: The California WaterFix Administrative Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) has been posted online. This document was prepared for the Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The updated environmental analysis covers footprint changes […]

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CAL WATER FIX HEARING: Ruling on objections to exhibits that parties introduced during Part 2 cross-examination

This latest ruling letter from the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Board addresses DWR’s objections to NRDC exhibits, as well as other outstanding objections. Read the ruling letter here:  20180601_cwf_ruling Sign up for daily email service and you’ll never miss a post! Sign up for daily emails and get all the Notebook’s aggregated and original water […]

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