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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.
Aquafornia news Fairfield Daily Republic

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Sen. Wolk Proposes $5.6 Billion Water Bond

From the Fairfield Daily Republic:

“State Sen.
Aquafornia news Ventura County Star

State Legislative Analyst Says Cost of Delta Tunnels Could Outweigh Benefits

From the Ventura County Star:

“The Legislative Analyst’s Office told a Senate panel Tuesday that the projected economic benefits of a $16 billion plan to build twin tunnels to route water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are ‘fragile.’”

Read more from the Ventura County Star

Read more about the BDCP on Water Education Foundation’s Aquapedia

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Governance, Financing of BDCP Examined in Legislative Hearing

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“The governance structure and funding sources for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) were examined Aug.
Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Protection Commission Names New Chief

[caption id="attachment_91879" align="alignleft" width="81"]Erik-Vink.jpg Erik Vink[/caption]

From the Stockton Record:

“Erik Vink, a 49-year-old land manager from Yolo County, will replace former state Sen.
Aquafornia news Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog

Blog: Cost and Benefits Report – BDCP Investment

From the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog:

“This summer the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is becoming better known and better understood. Thanks to the release of the Administrative Draft of the plan, Californians can view for themselves the scope and purpose.

“By the time the Public Draft Plan is released this October and the formal period for gathering public comments begins, the BDCP will be even better.

Aquafornia news Redding Record-Searchlight

Commentary: Who Shares Benefit of Water Tunnels?

From the Redding Record-Searchlight:

“Backers of the water tunnels at the heart of the proposed $25 billion plan for updating and replumbing the Delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers thought they had played a trump card the other day when they presented a 244-page economic impact report.”

Read more from the Redding Record-Searchlight

 

Aquafornia news State Water Project Contractors

News Release: Levee ‘Fattening’ Proposal for Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Incomplete

From the State Water Project Contractors:

“The State Water Contractors is continuing its series of fact sheets analyzing proposed alternatives to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) with the release of a fact sheet that reviews the ‘Fattening’ Delta Levees proposal that is suggested by some BDCP opponents.”

Read more from the SWP Contractors news release

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Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Plan Takes Effect Sept. 1

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

“The State Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the 14 regulations to implement the Delta Plan, which will take effect on September 1.

“The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) adopted the Delta Plan on May 16, and then submitted the proposed rules for review to the OAL, the state agency that ensures that proposed regulations are clear, necessary, legally valid and available to the public.

‘These 14 regulations help to ensure state and local agency compliance with the Coequal Goals of state law: providing a more reliable water su

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert

Blog: Joint Senate Committee Hearing re: BDCP

From The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert:

“The proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s price tag comes under the magnifying glass again today with a 9:30 a.m. joint hearing of the Senate committees on Natural Resources and Water and Governance and Finance. Witnesses will include Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird and Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton ‘Chuck’ Bonham.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert

 

Aquafornia news [Yuba-Sutter] Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Waiting and Watching the Water Plan

From the [Yuba-Sutter] Appeal-Democrat:

“Our congressman is concerned about (adamantly opposed to) Gov. Jerry Brown’s $24 billion plan to move water from the north to the south of California. …

“The plan wouldn’t theoretically have a direct impact on Yuba-Sutter, but should we be concerned? Here’s what Curt Aikens, general manager of Yuba County Water Agency, had to say in an email exchange.”

Read more from the Appeal-Democrat

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Dan Walters Column: Numbers Dull – but Vital

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The trickiest area of government accounting is estimating costs and benefits from big public works projects.

“State and local officials blew it on the Bay Bridge project, as costs more than quadrupled. And the projected costs and supposed benefits of two much larger projects, tunneling beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to convey water and a north-south bullet train, face sharp criticism.”

Read more from The Sacramento Bee

 

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog

Blog: Letter Seeking Delta-pumping Bill Support Exposes Sticky Water Politics

From the Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog:

“To Fresno County Supervisor Phil Larson, it was the easiest vote in the world.

“He wanted his colleagues to approve sending a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, asking her support a House resolution that seeks more Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water for the Valley’s west side.

“But, as with so much else in politics, the request turned out to be anything but simple.”

Read more from the Fresno Bee Newsroom Blog

 

Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council

Delta Plan Implementation Committee Chair, Coordinator Named

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

“Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. today [August 9] appointed Taryn Ravazzini to be the coordinator of the Delta Plan Implementation Committee. Council Vice Chair Randy Fiorini will head the Committee, which is required by the 2009 Delta Reform Act to be composed of agencies responsible for implementing the Delta Plan.”

Read more from the Governor’s Office news release

 

Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Legislator Says Goal is to Get Water Bond on 2014 Ballot

From the Sacramento Business Journal:

“Legislators are making cautious progress on crafting a state water bond to go before voters next year, said an assemblyman who’s a member of the working group.”

Read more from the Sacramento Business Journal

 

Aquafornia news Alex Breitler Environment Blog

Blog: Mounting Frustration in the Delta

From the Alex Breitler Environment Blog:

“Melinda Terry, manager of the North Delta Water Agency, has never been shy about expressing her opinion in public about the future of the Delta. … Terry told Bay Delta Conservation Plan proponents that the economic analysis released this week does not begin to address the many impacts that constructing and operating the twin tunnels will have on the Delta.”

Read more from the Alex Breitler Environment Blog

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise Blog

Blog: Temecula – Rancho Water Prepping Bay Delta Education Campaign

From the Riverside Press-Enterprise Blog:

“The Rancho California Water District is working with other area agencies on a public education campaign to underscore the importance of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the state’s water supply, a push that sets the stage for renewed calls for billions in public spending to upgrade the state’s water infrastructure.”

Read more from the Riverside Press-Enterprise Blog

 

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog

Blog: We Need a Comprehensive Water Plan for California

From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog:

“Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson recently provided a fresh and compelling viewpoint in The Sacramento Bee that the ‘State needs more water, not just improved sharing.’ The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) and our partners in the North State Water Alliance are committed to statewide water solutions that advance the economy, environment, and quality of life in Northern California. We have been a strong proponent that California needs a more comprehensive water plan than just a narrow Delta solution.
Aquafornia news Alex Breitler's Environment Blog

Blog: Shared Responsibility

From Alex Breitler’s Environment Blog:

“If you haven’t seen it, Jerry Meral’s July 23 presentation to the Water Association of Kern County is worth watching.

Meral sounds optimistic, as he pitches the Delta twin tunnels to the very folks who will have to agree to fund them, if they are ever to be built.”

Read more from Alex

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown Struggles to Shore Up Support for Water Plan

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Gov. Jerry Brown has shown mastery of Sacramento, but his hope for a legacy of enduring public works hinges on a different skill — the ability to work Washington.

Brown has staked much on a $24-billion plan to resolve California’s decades-long fight over moving water from the north, where most of the state’s rain and snow falls, to thirsty cities and farms in the south and the Central Valley.

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