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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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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