Delta Issues


Delta Issues

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Editorial: Darrell Steinberg Strategy Offers Hope for a Delta Compromise

From the Contra Costa Times:

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan took a dramatic turn in the right direction Thursday, acknowledging some of the concerns of Delta farmers by re-routing the proposed massive tunnel system to affect a smaller area and stay mostly on public land.

“It’s a welcome sign.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown Interviewed About Top Legislative Priorities

From Capital Public Radio:

“With just three-and-a-half weeks to go before California lawmakers adjourn for the year, Governor Jerry Brown says he wants to avoid what he calls legislative ‘clutter.’ …

“Brown listed three ‘big ideas’ he’s focusing on right now – combating climate change, securing a stable water supply and dealing with the state’s prison system.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio or listen to the story


Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Twin Tunnels: What Do They Mean to Northern California?

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Is the state thinking about Northern California as twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are considered? And do people in Northern California have a thing or two they’d like to tell the state?

“The public will have a chance to ask high-level water officials about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan during a forum 1-4 p.m. Thursday at the Masonic Family Center in Chico, 1110 W.

Aquafornia news a San Francisco Chronicle blog

Blog: New Poster Child for California’s Water Wars

From a San Francisco Chronicle blog:

“The tiny delta smelt has wielded enormous political clout in California’s water wars because its health as a species is the legal measure of the environmental health of the bay-delta, the lynchpin of the state’s water system. As of last week however, the sandhill crane has usurped the limelight.”

Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle


Aquafornia news Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

News Release: BDCP In-Delta Office Hours Begin This Week

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP):

“Representatives from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) will be holding office hours in Delta communities starting this week through late September. The office hours have been introduced as a one-on-one resource for Delta landowners and the public who have questions regarding the recently announced alignment changes or other general questions about the program. These office hours are not intended as a public meeting or forum.
Aquafornia news New York Times

Gov. Brown Cheered in Second Act, at Least So Far

From The New York Times:

“When Jerry Brown became governor of California again, three years ago, this state was on a steep decline, crushed by budget deficits, deep spending cuts, governmental paralysis, high unemployment and a collapsing housing market. …

“The issues Mr.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Delta Tunnel Project Still Stuck with Unacceptable Baggage

From The Sacramento Bee:

“If state and federal officials hope to salvage BDCP, they need to come up with solutions that reduce the project’s impact, as opposed to transferring that impact elsewhere. And while it may be too late to build any kind of trust with stakeholders in the Delta and Northern California, there are steps they could take to reduce the mistrust.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee


Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Assembly Leaders Draft Proposed $5-Billion Water Bond

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Assembly leaders on Thursday annnounced a retooled water bond proposal to address the state’s long-term water supply needs as well as protecting critical habitat, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“The $5-billion bond proposal is a leaner version of the $11-billion bond measure that lawmakers pulled from consideration in 2012 …

“The state Senate already has held hearings on the water bond and is expected to consider its version in the near future.”

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Assembly Committee Gets Overview of Water Bond Framework

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Members of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee got an initial look at a framework for a modified 2014 water bond during an informational hearing Aug. 15.

“Assembly Member Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) outlined elements of the framework released this week by a working group of nine Assembly Democrats.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California is Re-routing Delta Tunnel System to Land Preserve

From the Los Angeles Times:

“The state is moving the route of a proposed tunnel system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta away from north delta communities to a land preserve that is an important winter home for the greater sandhill crane and other migratory birds in the Pacific Flyway.

“The realignment, announced Thursday by the California Natural Resources Agency, is intended to lessen the project’s effects on north delta residents who have complained fiercely about the proposal — in some instances refusing to let state survey crews on their property.”

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Changes Proposed to Delta Twin Tunnel Project

From The Associated Press:

“California water officials are proposing changes to a multibillion-dollar plan for two water diversion tunnels for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, according to documents released Thursday. …

“The proposals include moving the tunnel forebay farther east, away from the towns of Courtland and Walnut Grove, and reducing the size of a water storage reservoir from 750 acres to 40 acres.”

Read more from The Associated Press

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

State Officials Revise BDCP Proposal to Lessen Delta Footprint

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“In an effort to reduce the impact of the project on Delta residents, state officials [August 15] unveiled a smaller Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) that shrinks by 50% the project’s total permanent footprint and shifts portions of the project away from some homes and farms.

“The smaller project shortens by five miles the two main water conveyance tunnels that would run under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, reducing them from 35 miles to 30 miles.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Every Acre Matters’

From the Stockton Record:

“The state revamped its twin tunnels plan Thursday, making changes that will spare Delta residents some of the effects of construction but will also route the tunnels directly beneath sensitive sandhill crane wintering grounds.”

Read more from the Stockton Record

Aquafornia news Nature Conservancy

News Release: Nature Conservancy Will Vigorously Protect Staten Island Habitat for Sandhill Cranes

From The Nature Conservancy:

“The Nature Conservancy announced today [August 15] its intent to preserve migratory bird habitat in the Delta in light of the California Department of Water Resources’ proposed location for water export tunnels below Staten Island, which is owned by the Conservancy.

“In the updated Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the proposed tunnels would impact vitally important habitat for wintering sandhill cranes. These birds are unusually site-faithful, often using the same location to winter, year after year.

Aquafornia news State Water Contractors

News Release: State Releases Overview of BDCP Modifications

From the State Water Contractors:

“Like many others, our member agencies are interested in seeing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan be developed thoughtfully and with input from all stakeholders. As the parties who will be ultimately responsible for funding the majority of the BDCP, we have a significant stake in this project being a workable, successful solution for the Delta’s water supply and environmental troubles.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Water Plan May Shift Delta Tunnels

From The Sacramento Bee:

“California water officials are proposing a dramatic redesign of two massive water diversion tunnels planned for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a concession to Delta residents who have complained the project would upend their lives.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee


Aquafornia news

Sept. 25 Delta Tour Offered by Water Education Foundation, The Coalition to Support Near-Term Delta Projects

delta-aerial2-300x200.jpgFrom the Water Education Foundation and The Coalition to Support Near-Term Delta Projects:

A one-day tour of the Delta Wednesday, Sept.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee Capital Alert

Blog: Fracking, Water Bond Events

From The Sacramento Bee Capital Alert:

“A recent series of reports have detailed fracking in the Pacific Ocean, prompting California lawmakers to disseminate letters asking the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Coastal Commission to investigate.

“The state Coastal Commission responds today, with deputy director Alison Dettmer discussing offshore fracking during a commission meeting in Santa Cruz.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record's Alex Breitler Environment Blog

Blog: Weaning Stockton Off of Wells

From the Stockton Record’s Alex Breitler Environment Blog:

“A sentence in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan draft EIR puzzled me:

‘The city of Stockton depends almost entirely on groundwater for its municipal and industrial water needs.” (See Page 11 of Chapter 7)

“In reality, Stockton has now tapped all four of the major streams in San Joaquin County.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Water Plan eNews: This Week’s Updates

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes the following:
  • California Water Commission to review updated draft of regulations for public benefits of water projects;
  • Public hearing set for next week on proposed change in ag water reporting;
  • Free webinar will cover ideas for improving stormwater management;
  • Regulation approval clears way for Delta Plan to take effect Sept.