WATER STORAGE INVESTMENT PGM: New water storage projects showcased at the California Water Commission

Proponents of water storage projects competing for Prop 1 funds present their projects to the California Water Commission The nine members of the California Water Commission have been tasked with deciding how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated to pay for the public benefits of water storage projects, and competition is pretty fierce.  Eleven storage projects […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Public meetings for Sites Project draft environmental review documents

From the Sites Project Authority and the US Bureau of Reclamation: WHO: The Sites Project Authority (Authority) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are hosting two public meetings to solicit input from the public, Tribes and agencies on the Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) for the Sites Project. In preparing the Draft EIR/EIS, the Authority serves as […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Water storage infrastructure in the 21st century

The nine members of the California Water Commission have been given a task: to decide how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated for water storage; twelve projects have submitted applications. In order to be better informed prior to making the decision, the Commission has been hearing from panels of experts at its monthly meetings.  In September, […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Association of California Water Agencies Storage Integration Study

Study finds that by building new storage and integrating their operations with existing storage would increase water delivery by 400 TAF/year on average and over 700 TAF in dry years In July of this year, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) released a study, 21st Century Water Infrastructure: New Approaches to Create Flexibility and Resiliency, which examined how the […]

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CALIFORNIA WATER COMMISSION: September update on the Water Storage Investment Program

Public comment period closes on October 3rd; Another round of public comment expected At the California Water Commission’s September 16th meeting, the Commission held a public hearing on the draft regulations for the Water Storage Investment Program.  The draft regulations were released on September 2nd for a 30-day public comment period.  The draft regulations define the requirements for the potential […]

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July update on the Water Storage Investment Program

This month’s update covers the proposed revised schedule for development of the regulation, climate change analysis, the peer review process, and an overview of the technical reference document In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond for investments in the state’s water systems; of that, $2.7 billion was allocated for the public benefits of surface […]

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Update on the Water Storage Investment Program

Details on the progress of the regulations from updates at both the Delta Stewardship Council and the California Water Commission The California Water Commission is the designated agency to award $2.7 billion of Prop 1 funding for the public benefits of water storage projects.  Since the passage of Prop 1, the Commission has been working on developing the regulations for […]

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Guest commentary: California Water Commission Regulations on New Water Storage: A Fair and Equitable Review Process?

How Can Applicants Maximize Their Demonstrated Public Benefits? Guest commentary by Robert Shibatani California voters passed Proposition 1, the Water Bond (Assembly Bill 1471), on November 4, 2014. The measure enacts the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Proposition 1 (Prop. 1) dedicated $2.7 billion for investment in derived public benefits related to the development of new […]

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The Tipping Point: How 2016 will shape California’s water future

SGMA implementation and the spending rules for Prop 1 water storage funds all present important opportunities to change California’s water management practices, say the Union of Concerned Scientists With the state remaining gripped in drought and El Nino not providing the hoped-for relief, drought and climate change impacts are being felt statewide, and the state is poised to address these […]

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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Comment Period for Water Storage Investment Program Regulations

From the California Water Commission: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for proposed regulations regarding the California Water Commission’s Water Storage Investment Program:  Proposition 1 requires the Commission to adopt regulations for the quantification and management of the public benefits of water storage projects by December 15, 2016. Public comments regarding the proposed regulation will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March […]

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