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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The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan agreement and what it means to Metropolitan

Metropolitan’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee discusses the drought contingency plan for the Colorado River On Wednesday, the major headline in California water news was the impending agreement on a drought contingency plan for the Colorado River.  The details of the plan were discussed at Monday’s meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Water Planning and Stewardship Committee. Program Manager Shanti Rosset […]

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THIS JUST IN … Watchdogs Sue Metropolitan Water District Over Delta Tunnel Financing

MWD’s planned rate hikes to pay for WaterFix Project violate Propositions 26 and 13 From Food and Water Watch: Food & Water Watch and Center for Food Safety served a lawsuit today to challenge the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s approval of $11 billion to fund the twin Delta Tunnels. The groups claim MWD’s financing violates the taxpayer protection […]

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Metropolitan’s Groundwater Banking Programs

Presentation looks at the benefits, challenges, and risks of Metropolitan’s groundwater banking programs Beginning in the early 1990s, Metropolitan Water District established a number of groundwater storage programs in the Central Valley and on the State Water Project which have provided substantial water supply benefits through the years.  At the August meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Planning & Stewardship Committee, James […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: California Water Fix update; Delta science efforts

The June meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta included an update on the Cal Water Fix project, and an update on Delta science efforts regarding longfin smelt studies, predation studies, and the Yolo Bypass Fish Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Project. CALIFORNIA WATER FIX UPDATE Steve Arakawa, Manager of Bay Delta Initiatives, began the presentations with a […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on California Water Fix and the Design and Construction Authority and the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program

At the May meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members received an update on the California Water Fix project, including the start up of the Design and Construction JPA, and an update on the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program. UPDATE ON CAL WATER FIX Bay Delta Initiatives Manager Steve Arakawa updated the committee […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY DELTA COMMITTEE: Committee members discuss financing construction of entire Cal Water Fix project

At yesterday’s meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, the entirety of the meeting was devoted to discussion of financing the entire Cal Water Fix project. Prior to the start of the discussion, five members of the community, including LA Waterkeeper and Food and Water Watch, spoke in opposition to the Cal Water Fix project, citing ratepayer impacts and […]

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