Media call: Tunnel opponents comment in preparation for release of recirculated BDCP / Cal Water Fix documents; comment on HR 2898

The recirculated environmental documents for the Delta tunnels project are widely expected to be released tomorrow, Friday, July 10th, for a 45-day comment period. The documents will analyze three additional alternatives: 3,000 cfs, 9,000 cfs and 15,000 cfs facilities, with the 9,000 cfs being the preferred alternative.  These new alternatives would be pursued not as part of a habitat conservation […]

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Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta: Delta drought operations, the latest on the BDCP, and Bay Delta Accord restoration projects

Drought barrier discussed; Recirculated BDCP documents anticipated soon At the June 23rd meeting of the Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, committee members were updated on drought operations in the Delta, and informed that the recirculated BDCP documents were imminent; they also heard an update on Bay-Delta Accord restoration projects. Here’s a rundown of the main parts of the meeting. […]

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Delta Stewardship Council prepares for a new role: Considering Delta conveyance

Considering Delta conveyance and ecosystem restoration without the Bay Delta Conservation Plan It was the 2009 Delta Reform Act that created the Delta Stewardship Council and directed it to develop a long-term management plan for the Delta’s resources that would achieve the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration while protecting and enhancing the Delta as an evolving […]

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Guest commentary: Former Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson with more on his alternative to the Delta tunnels

A system combining a western conveyance, operable gates, and a ‘polishing’ facility would have all the benefits of the tunnels plan and none of the drawbacks, he says This commentary is written exclusively for Maven’s Notebook by Commentary by Craig Wilson, the first Delta Watermaster and former Chief Counsel to State Water Board. He writes: “On May 15, 2015 the Sacramento […]

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This just in … Bureau of Reclamation files Notice of Intent to prepare recirculated EIR/EIS for the BDCP

Three new alternatives to be analyzed The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have filed notice in the federal register of their intent to prepare a partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIR/SDEIS) on the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan. The RDEIR/SDEIS will describe and analyze refinement […]

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Wolk, Bonham, and Cowin discuss the BDCP, Cal Water Fix, and Cal Eco Restore

At a budget subcommittee hearing last week, Senator Wolk has some questions for Director Bonham and Director Cowin on the future of the Delta tunnels project, now that is no longer an NCCP On May 21, 2015, the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy, and Transportation discussed the Governor’s budget requests […]

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Reactions: Metropolitan, Kern County, other water interests and stakeholder groups react to announcement of revised approach to Bay Delta fix

Today, Governor Brown and other officials today announced a revised approach to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which is now going to be split into two programs: California EcoRestore and California WaterFix, which is BDCP’s Alternative 4A.  Click here for the Governor’s press release. Here are reactions from organizations and interest groups, listed in alphabetical order: From Californian’s for Water […]

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This just in … State, Federal Leaders to Accelerate Delta Habitat Restoration, Proceed With Water Infrastructure Fix

From the Office of the Governor: After months of public comment and exhaustive review, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined top federal officials to unveil plans that accelerate restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem and fix the state’s aging water infrastructure. “We can’t just cross our fingers, hoping for the best in the Delta,” said Governor Brown. “Fish populations are […]

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