CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Ruling letter for November 20

From the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Resources Control Board: “The ruling contained herein addresses a request to modify our direction regarding objections, an emergency extension request by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), et al., the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) objection to NRDC’s Supplemental Notice of Intent to Appear (Supplemental NOI), an addition to […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Ruling on issues concerning supplemental notices of intent to appear

From the State Water Board’s Cal WaterFix hearing team: “We required parties that previously submitted a notice of intent to appear (NOI) indicating their intent to call witnesses to testify during Part 2 of this hearing to submit a supplemental NOI by noon on October 13, 2017. This ruling addresses the supplemental NOIs filed by the San Joaquin River Exchange […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: California Water Fix Ruling Letter, November 8th

From the State Water Resources Control Board’s Cal Water Fix hearing team: This ruling addresses questions raised by parties during the pre-hearing conference held on October 19, 2017. The ruling letter covers changes in the project, Delta flow criteria, reports authored by the State Water Board, scope of Part 2, and evidentiary objections. Read the ruling letter here:  20171108_post_phc2ruling with […]

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THIS JUST IN … California Fisheries Groups Sue State for Failure to Protect Impaired Waterways

From the Institute for Fisheries Resources: Today four commercial fisheries organizations filed a lawsuit accusing the California State Water Resources Control Board (the Water Board) of failing to fulfill their responsibility to protect clean water and public trust resources in the Bay Delta and Central Valley. At issue is the state’s failure to list long-suffering Delta waterways as impaired on […]

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THIS JUST IN … River Defenders File Lawsuit to Protect California’s Waterways

Suit seeks state compliance with the Clean Water Act and CEQA From the Earth Law Center: Today, a coalition of river defenders filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board for its failure to meet key Clean Water Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements intended to protect the ecological health of waterways. Lawyers for Clean Water […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board posts materials related to the Phase II Update of the Bay-Delta Plan

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board has posted several documents on its website related to the Phase II update of the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan).  Phase II addresses requirements for flows and cold water habitat in the Sacramento River, its tributaries, and tributaries […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Procedural ruling letter for September 29, 2017

From the California Water Fix hearing team at the State Water Resources Control Board: The latest procedural ruling letter addresses the hearing officers’ Ruling Regarding Request to Change the Part 2 Hearing Schedule, Motions to Strike Petitioners’ Letter Regarding Operations, Optional Part 1 Closing Brief Topics, and Other Procedural Matters for the WaterFix change petition hearing. Read the letter here:  […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board sets date to start Part 2 of California Water Fix hearings; issues ruling letter

PART 2 of the hearing will resume at 9:30 a.m. on January 18, 2018 From the California Water Fix Hearing Team at the State Water Resources Control Board: This ruling grants the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) August 3, 2017 request to establish a schedule for Part 2 of the hearing before the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water […]

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STATE WATER BOARD: Update on SGMA Implementation

Staff: Formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies has been successful At the State Water Resources Control Board meeting on August 15th, staff from both the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Board were on hand to deliver this update on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation and planned state intervention actions. The agenda item was introduced by Erik Ekdahl, […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: D-1641: How the water quality control planning process works

Attorneys panel with Tess Dunham, Anna Brathwaite, and Larry Caster discusses the water quality control planning process, the San Joaquin flow proposal for Phase 1, and the federal preemption process At ACWA’s spring conference held in Monterey, this attorney’s program presentation focused on the update to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, giving background on the basic legal framework […]

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