THIS JUST IN … Senator Dodd Introduces Delta Tunnels Oversight Bill

From the office of Senator Bill Dodd: Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today that will help protect California’s precious water supply and ensure the vitality of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by requiring more legislative oversight and public scrutiny of the state’s twin-tunnels project known as WaterFix. “In years past, there has been too little opportunity for impacted communities to influence this flawed project, which […]

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THIS JUST IN … Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association Leads Suit Against CA Dept. of Water Resources to Protect Delta Flows

Suit charges water grab potentially calamitous to native salmon and other fisheries From the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association: Yesterday a coalition of environmental, fishing, and Native American groups led by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association (PCFFA) filed suit against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to overturn its latest attempt to press former Governor Jerry […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Harvest, Hatchery Returns, and Straying of Salmon Released at Bay and Delta sites during California’s Drought

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coleman National Fish Hatchery is the largest salmon hatchery in California, annually producing 12 million fall Chinook Salmon smolts that substantially contribute to California’s ocean and inland fisheries. Standard practice at Coleman NFH is to release smolts on-site into Battle Creek; however, during the severe drought of 2014 and 2015, degraded water quality throughout […]

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THIS JUST IN … RESTORE THE DELTA: DWR’S No Harm Agreement & Letter Of Dismissal To Water Agencies: A “Surrender Dorothy” Effort To Save WaterFix By The Brown Administration

From Restore the Delta: Documents released to the Planning and Conservation League via a public records act request this week reveal details of the “No Harm Agreement” between the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Federal Bureau of Reclamation (the Bureau) regarding California WaterFix.  In addition, a “Letter of Dismissal,” a document demanding that specific water districts and […]

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CAL WATER FIX HEARINGS: Protestors write State Water Board, say hearing cannot be finalized

Recent developments propose significant changes to project operations that are not reflected in the modeling, they say Several letters were delivered to the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Board yesterday saying that in light of the recent developments, the hearing cannot be finalized and the Board must now reexamine how or if the hearings can go […]

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MOUNTAIN COUNTIES SYMPOSIUM: Delta Watermaster Michael George and Jason Peltier discuss moving forward in the Delta *UPDATED with comments from Restore the Delta*

This post has been updated with Restore the Delta’s comments added after Michael George’s presentation.  Click to go there. In October of 2018, the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association held a symposium that focused on the California Water Fix, the Delta, and the health of the greater watershed.  Two of the speakers were Michael George, the Delta Watermaster, and Jason Peltier, […]

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THIS JUST IN … Department of Water Resources withdraws consistency determination for California Water Fix

The Department of Water Resources has sent a letter to Randy Fiorini withdrawing the Department’s certification of consistency for the California Water Fix. “While DWR firmly believes the timing of filing the Certification of Consistency for WaterFix was appropriate based on the thorough record that had been prepared for the project and that this record more than adequately supports the […]

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CAL WATER FIX CONSISTENCY DETERMINATION APPEAL WORKSHOP: Delta tunnel proponents come out in support of Cal Water Fix at the Delta Stewardship Council

Today (Wednesday) is the first day of an expected two-day public workshop on the Delta Stewardship Council’s staff draft determination that there is not enough evidence in the record to support the Department of Water Resources’ determination that the California Water Fix project is consistent with the Delta Plan. Brief background: The Department of Water Resources filed a consistency determination […]

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THIS JUST IN … Delta Stewardship Council staff issues draft determination: substantial evidence does not exist in the record to support DWR’s finding that California WaterFix is consistent with the Delta Plan

Public workshop scheduled for November 15 and 16 From the Delta Stewardship Council: The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) will conduct a public workshop on November 15-16, 2018 at the Ramada Inn (1250 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691) to review and discuss a staff draft Determination related to appeals received on the California WaterFix project Certification of Consistency with the […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta discusses the Water Fix economic analysis

In September of 2018, the Department of Water Resources released the latest economic analysis for the California Water Fix which was prepared by Dr. David Sunding, a professor of natural resource economics at UC Berkeley.  At the October meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Dr. Sunding was on hand to give an overview of the report. Dr. […]

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