THIS JUST IN … Santa Clara Valley Water District board votes to participate in California WaterFix project … some conflicting headlines

From the Santa Clara Valley Water District: On Tuesday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted to participate in the California WaterFix project, the state’s proposed plan to improve the infrastructure that carries water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The participation is conditional, based on seven guiding principles listed below. As much as 40 percent of the water Santa Clara […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Santa Clara Valley Water District starts preparations for making a decision

The Santa Clara Valley Water District provides wholesale water supply, flood protection and stream stewardship for the Silicon Valley covering 1300 square miles and serving nearly 2 million residents.  About 45% of the District’s water supplies are locally sourced, mainly groundwater; about 40% of the District’s supplies from both the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project; and the […]

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BDCP Infrastructure Review, Part 1: Santa Clara Valley Water District hears presentation on the proposed organization and construction of the BDCP

At the January 27 meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Board of Directors, Charles Gardner, President and CEO of Hallmark Group Capital Program Management, gave a presentation on the planning for construction of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s new water infrastructure, also known as Conservation Measure 1.  Mr. Gardner and the Hallmark Group were brought into the BDCP in 2009 […]

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Santa Clara Valley Water District BDCP workshop, part 1: Dr. Martin McCann on Delta levees

The Santa Clara Valley Water District board members continued their examination of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan with a workshop session on November 14 that focused on Delta levees, as well as the BDCP’s effects on the ecosystem. During the workshop, Martin McCann and Curt Schmutte gave presentations on the Delta levees and seismic risk.  They were followed by Chuck […]

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Santa Clara Valley Water District BDCP workstudy session, part 2: American Rivers John Cain and The Nature Conservancy’s Leo Winternitz discuss the BDCP

So what does the environmental community think of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan? In order to understand the details of the Plan better, earlier this year American Rivers and The Nature Conservancy commissioned an independent science panel review to evaluate the draft documents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.  (Click here for the report.)  At the November 8 workstudy session […]

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Santa Clara Valley Water District BDCP workstudy session, part 3: Russell van Loben Sels gives the in-Delta perspective on the BDCP

What do those that live and farm in the Delta think of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan?  Is there a solution for the Delta that the in-Delta interests would support?  Russell van Loben Sels, a fourth generation farmer, gives the in-Delta perspective in this last segment of coverage from the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s second workstudy session on the […]

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Santa Clara Valley Water District BDCP workstudy session, Part 1: DFW’s Carl Wilcox

As a large water supplier dependent on Delta water for a large portion of its water supplies, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has been holding a series of workstudy sessions to examine the Bay Delta Conservation Plan more closely. The first workshop, held on October 11 and covered in this post featured a panel that included Mark Cowin, the […]

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Santa Clara Valley Water District workshop: A statewide perspective on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

On October 11, the Santa Clara Valley Water District held a workshop on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which featured a panel that included Mark Cowin, the Director of the Department of Water Resources; Sandra Schubert, the Undersecretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; and Dr. David Sunding, professor of economics at UC Berkeley, principal with the Brattle […]

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