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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Southern California Water Users View Delta Tunnel Plan as Key to Reliable Future

From The Sacramento Bee:

“When it comes to water supply in California, nothing is easy or cheap.
Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Who Will Pay for Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Tunnel Project?

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Of the many issues hanging over the proposal to burrow enormous tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and replumb the hub of California’s water system, the one most likely to make or break the $25-billion project is money.

“Just who, exactly, is going to pay for it?”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Outside Review Raises Questions About Key Delta Tunnel Claims

From the Stockton Record:

“The $24.5 billion twin tunnels plan might not give state officials the flexibility they so desperately want to more efficiently move water to far-flung portions of the state.

“And the hope that restoring large tracts of wetland habitat in the Delta will help certain fish appears to be ‘overly optimistic,’ a team of outside experts has concluded.

“The team’s report, released Thursday, is not a broad review of the entire Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee in a column by Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar

Commentary: Not Many Stories are Bigger than the Delta

From The Sacramento Bee in a column by Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar:

“It affects the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. It could harm the oldest known bird species. And, while it is expected to cost a fraction of the price of California’s proposed high speed rail line, the $25 billion price of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan still would make it one of the most expensive state public projects ever.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times Capitol Journal column by George Skelton

Commentary: Buffaloes Threaten Pristine Landscape

From the Los Angeles Times Capitol Journal column by George Skelton:

“The Brown administration and some water buffaloes want to muck up one of the most unique, mysterious and picturesque areas of California. Muck it up literally.

“OK, they’re really trying to update California’s vital waterworks and prepare the state for the future.”

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Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

News Release: BDCP Website Redesign Comes with New Features

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP):

“In anticipation of the upcoming Public Review period, which begins November 2013 and lasts until March 2014, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) has redesigned and streamlined its website to be more user-friendly so that information and documents are easier to find. Redundant pages have been consolidated to enhance simplicity.
Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

News Release: State Evaluates Portfolio Concept

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP):

“The California Natural Resources Agency has evaluated the portfolio concept’s potential to meet the co-equals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration in the Delta.”

Read more from the BDCP’s news release

 

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The Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program’s Science News

From Science News, a publication of the Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program:

The September issue of Science News is now available exclusively online.
  • One Delta, One Science – A Path for Building Common Knowledge
  • Fellow Works to Predict Which Levees may Collapse in Event of Earthquake
  • Delta Independent Science Board Selects New Chair
  • Delta Independent Science Board Update
  • Coming Soon: Brown Bag Seminar: A Game to Map the Brain – Sept. 24, 2013; Delta Stewardship Council Meeting – Sept.
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Blog: Spending $2.5 Billion on Concrete

From the Alex Breitler Environment Blog, The Stockton Record:

“The governor’s twin tunnels plan is supposed to create 42,258 jobs in San Joaquin County alone during 10 years of construction. …

“According to David Sunding’s economic benefits analysis, only 3,491 of the San Joaquin jobs are direct construction jobs. The remaining 38,767 jobs are either indirect or induced.

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Switchboard blog in a post by Kate Poole

Blog: Try as They Might, Natural Resources Agency Can’t Debunk Portfolio Approach to Resolving Threats to Delta

From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Switchboard blog in a post by Kate Poole:

“Last week our Natural Resources Agency, the umbrella agency responsible for protecting California’s coast, ocean, wildlife and forests and for managing our water, released a deeply flawed justification for rejecting a portfolio approach that dozens of water agencies, local governments and environmental groups support for planning the future of California’s water supply.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Climate Change Prompts New Concerns About Delta Tunnels, Sacramento Water Supply

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The Sacramento City Council this week stepped up its critique of a plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta, warning that it may harm the city’s ability to access drinking water in the decades ahead.

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the tunnel project is formally known, is being pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and a contingent of major water suppliers, mostly in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Feds to Upgrade Fish Protections at Delta Water Pumps

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $4.3 million contract to install new fish protection devices at its water diversion pumps in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Learn mor about Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fish and wildlife on Aquapedia

Aquafornia news a Somach Simmons & Dunn Environmental Law & Policy Alert by Daniel Kelly

Legal Alert: Court Affirms SWRCB’s Power to Determine Validity of Pre-1914 and Riparian Water Rights as Part of Enforcement Proceeding

From a Somach Simmons & Dunn Environmental Law & Policy Alert by Daniel Kelly:

“On September 4, 2013, California’s Third Appellate District issued an opinion holding, among other things, that the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has the statutory authority, in the context of an enforcement proceeding, to determine the validity of riparian and pre-1914 appropriative water rights. Young, et al. v. SWRCB, No. C068559, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 707 (Cal. 3d App. Dist. Sept.
Aquafornia news Alex Breitler Environment Blog

Blog: The Great Pyramids of Tunnel Muck

From the Alex Breitler Environment Blog:

“An engineer in San Joaquin County Public Works whipped up these Google illustrations to help people visualize just how much tunnel ‘muck’ and other material would be unearthed during Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project.  …

“In fairness, the state recently announced changes to the project that could reduce the amount of excavated material.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Joint Informational Hearing on Water Bond Set for Sept. 24

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“An informational hearing on the 2014 water bond is set for Sept. 24 in the state Senate.

“The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Senate Environmental Quality Committee have slated the joint hearing, titled “Setting the Stage for a 2014 Water Bond: Where Are We and Where Do We Need To Go?,” for 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in room 4203 of the state Capitol.”

Read more from ACWA

 

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Blog: Smaller Doesn’t Mean Cheaper

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Blog, a post by Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency:

“In an effort to spur discussion about desperately needed upgrades to California’s water supply delivery system, some water districts in California along with Natural Resources Defense Council have urged the study of a tunnel delivery system in the Delta that is a third of the size of the emerging proposal.
Aquafornia news Alex Breitler Environment Blog

Blog: ‘Not a Viable Solution’

From the Alex Breitler Environment Blog:

“State officials said this afternoon [Sept. 11] that the so-called ‘portfolio plan’ proposed by some environmentalists and water agencies is ‘not a viable solution.’ …

[Secretary for Natural Resources John] Laird’s deputy, Jerry Meral, is expected to discuss the twin tunnels plan with the skeptical San Diego authority at a meeting Thursday, along with dueling economists David Sunding and Jeff Michael.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Old School Delta Maps Finally Join Digital Age

From the Stockton Record:

“In the age of Google Earth and GPS, century-old hand-drawn maps of the Delta would seem irrelevant.

“Not so.

“In fact, recent state actions in the Delta had so many lawyers and engineers rifling through documents at the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum that now officials there have put some of that material online.”

Read more from the Stockton Record

 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Jobs Fail to Sway Foes of Tunnels

From the Stockton Record:

“The promise of thousands of temporary construction jobs does not appear to have softened skepticism about what Gov.
Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Crane Association is Latest Group Opposing Delta Tunnels

From the Stockton Record:

“Normally content to boast about their favorite birds or gaze at them through binoculars, members of the Lodi Sandhill Crane Association suddenly find themselves immersed in a fierce controversy over state water policy.

“The association’s board voted last week to oppose the new alignment of the governor’s proposed twin tunnels, which would now run beneath Staten Island, a key wintering home for 15 percent of the Central Valley’s migratory cranes, a threatened species in California.”

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