METROPOLITAN WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: USFWS Regional Director Paul Souza explains the biological opinions

Paul Souza is the Regional Director of the Pacific Southwest division of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, which covers California, Nevada, and the part of Oregon that includes the Klamath Basin.  At the November meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Mr. Souza gave a presentation on the recently released biological opinions for the long-term operations […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: SWP contract amendment for Delta conveyance; Activities of the Delta conveyance JPAs; Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy

At the September meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Steve Arakawa, Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Initiatives Manager, updated the committee members on the negotiations between the State Water Project contractors and the Department of Water Resources regarding the Delta conveyance project, and the activities of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority and the Delta Conveyance Finance JPA.  […]

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PFAS EXPLAINED: The growing crisis of ‘forever chemicals’

PFAS are a group of chemicals that have become ubiquitous in consumer goods – and the environment.  What are they and what can be done about them? PFAS, or poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances have received a lot of attention in the media recently.  Initially notorious for contaminating drinking water sources as a result of industrial releases and use of firefighting […]

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MET BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on Delta conveyance

At the May meeting of the Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta, Steve Arakawa, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager, updated the committee members on the Governor’s Executive Order announced on April 29, the Governor’s announcements supporting a single-tunnel option, and the activities of the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority and the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority.  This was the first […]

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CAL WATER FIX: Metropolitan Board workshop compares one-tunnel options to Cal Water Fix

Presentation compares water delivery capability, stormwater diversion capability, water quality benefits, reverse flows, seismic events, project costs Governor Newsom sent reverberations through the California water community when he announced during his state of the state address: “I do not support the Water Fix as currently configured,” said Governor Newsom. “Meaning, I do not support the twin tunnels. But we can […]

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MET WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Voluntary Settlement Agreements

Presentation delves into the proposed voluntary agreement; compares flows, looks at funding At the March meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa walked committee members through the recent framework for the voluntary agreement that is being proposed as an alternative to the State Water Board’s update to the Bay Delta Water […]

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METROPOLITAN WATER PLANNING & STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Coordinated Operations Agreement for the SWP/CVP, Voluntary settlement agreements

At the January meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the Committee with details on the Voluntary Settlement Agreement that was proposed to the State Water Board, the renegotiated Coordinated Operations Agreement (COA) for the State Water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP), and the status of the […]

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COLORADO RIVER: Metropolitan Committee hears more details on the Drought Contingency Plan

Metropolitan Board of Directors expected to vote in December At the October meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, members were presented with an overview of the proposed Drought Contingency Plan for the Colorado River Basin which has been in negotiation for the last several years.  Since last month, the draft agreements have been finalized and shared throughout 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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METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT: Update on Southern California regional groundwater conditions

Data shows groundwater recharge in the region has declined by 1.1 MAF since 2000; storage remains at unhealthy levels At the October meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee, Senior Engineer Matt Hacker updated the committee members on regional groundwater conditions, including groundwater production, recharge, and storage conditions. There are 88 groundwater basins and subbasins within the Metropolitan service […]

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