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Delta Issues

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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown Administration Releases Draft Statewide Economic Report of Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan August 5 released a draft statewide economic impact study that analyzes the project as an investment for the state as a whole.

Read the full draft report titled “Bay Delta Conservation Plan Statewide Economic Impact Report.”

Read the news release, “Brown Administrat

Aquafornia news Contra Costa Times

Study: Gov. Brown’s Delta Tunnels Plan Would Create Nearly $5 Billion in Net Benefit

From the Contra Costa Times:

“A new economic study estimates that Gov.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Study Touting Economic Boon of Delta Water Tunnels Draws Criticism

From The Sacramento Bee:

“An economic study of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to build two giant water tunnels in the Delta estimates the project will generate a net $5 billion benefit to the state, along with 1 million new jobs.

“The draft study on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan was released Monday. The tunnel plan itself is expected to be released for public comment by Oct. 1 and approved next year.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Assembly Crafting Leaner Water Bond Package

From The Associated Press:

“Assembly Speaker John Perez said Monday that he expects the Legislature will approve a $7 billion to $8 billion water bond proposal to replace a twice-delayed $11.1 billion bond scheduled to go before voters next year.
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Weekend Wrap-Up: From Bay-Delta to Fracking

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Unemployment Benefits, Water Top Jerry Brown’s Post-Vacation List

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Now that Gov. Jerry Brown is back from his ancestral tour of Germany and Ireland, his attention is turning to priorities for the closing weeks of the legislative year, which ends Sept. 13. … Other items on the governor’s agenda include forging ahead with his $24-billion water plan …”

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Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fish and Wildlife Spokesman Mike Taugher Dies

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“A longtime environmental reporter for the Contra Costa Times and spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife died Sunday while snorkeling with his family in Maui, officials said.

“Mike Taugher, 50, covered complex state issues with depth, persistence and fairness, and was one of the most knowledgeable reporters on the politics and intricacies of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, colleagues said Monday.”

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Washington; Infrastructure

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Aquafornia news [Bay Delta Conservation Plan] BDCP Blog

Blog: Water Deliveries Under the BDCP – Trying to Hold Steady in a Changing World

From the [Bay Delta Conservation Plan] BDCP Blog:

“At a public meeting on July 17 to discuss the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan, UC Berkeley economist Dr. David Sunding said that the BDCP, if implemented, would allow the state to deliver more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta than otherwise, almost entirely in years of abundant rainfall.

“It’s also true, as state officials have said, that average annual Delta water deliveries under the BDCP could be about the same or less than they have been historically.

Aquafornia news Heal the Bay Blog

Blog: Happy Colorado River Day

From the Heal the Bay Blog:

“The draft Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) was recently released, which is the state’s strategy for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Bay Delta system that aims to ensure a more reliable water supply and a healthy ecosystem.  Of note, many environmental groups have raised concerns over the draft BDCP and have provided counter-proposals. The Colorado River provides roughly the same amount of water for urban Southern California as does the Bay-Delta, and both systems are under intense pressures.
Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

DWR Approves Funding to Strengthen 90 Miles of Delta Levees

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today [July 24] that it has approved nearly $30 million in funding for 14 reclamation district projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that will strengthen nearly 90 miles of levees.

“The projects – which are intended to bolster flood protection – will be funded through the Delta Special Flood Control Projects’ Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Levee Repair and Improvement Project Solicitation Package (PSP).

Aquafornia news KWMR Post Carbon radio

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Airing the Issues on California’s Water Future – The Delta Tunnel Plan

From KWMR Post Carbon radio:

“Currently in California, there is a mega water project being planned.” Interviewed on the show were Jerry Meral, deputy secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency in charge of the Bay Delta Conservation Planning Program, and Jonas Minton, a water policy advisor for the Planning and Conservation League (PCL).

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Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Delta Water Summit Set for Aug. 3 in Fresno

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Delta water supply and ecosystem issues will be the focus of a summit set for Saturday, Aug. 3, in the Satellite Student Union at California State University, Fresno.

“The Delta Water Summit will bring together high level policy, technical and legislative representatives from the state and federal governments as well as key water agencies and environmental interests to discuss issues and answer questions through a series of panels moderated by local media figures.

Aquafornia news Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: Tunnel Water Plan Promoted, but is Kern Buying?

From the Bakersfield Californian:

“Gov. Brown’s point man on water came to Bakersfield Tuesday to try and shore up support among water contractors for the administration’s proposed ‘twin tunnels’ project to route water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Weekend Wrap-Up: Water Supply Outlook

Welcome back! Here’s the weekend wrap-up:

At the top of the scroll: “Low Water Levels Give Rise to Talk of Drought” was The Sacramento Bee print edition’s front page headline.
Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Environmental Documents for Proposed Delta Project Criticized

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Federal agencies reviewing draft environmental documents for the state’s proposal to re-plumb the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are criticizing the work as ‘insufficient,’ ‘biased’ and ‘confusing.’ …

“In what would be the biggest water supply project constructed in California in half a century, the state is proposing to build a large diversion point on the Sacramento River in the north delta and send the water through two 35-mile tunnels to aqueducts serving the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.”

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

BDCP Public Meeting Examines Project’s Cost, Funding, Impact on Species

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Officials with the California Natural Resources Agency hosted a public meeting today [July 17] that focused on the costs and funding sources for new water conveyance facilities and habitat restoration proposed in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) as well as its impact on endangered species. …

“State and federal officials outlined the components of the BDCP, saying it was needed to meet the coequal goals of habitat restoration and water supply reliability.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

DSC Chair Isenberg Updates Water Commission on Delta Plan

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“Delta Stewardship Council Chair Phil Isenberg today [July 17] updated the California Water Commission on the goals of the newly adopted Delta Plan and the next steps for implementing the plan.

“Isenberg outlined how the Delta Plan works with its 14 enforceable regulatory policies and 73 non-binding recommendations.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Business Journal

Delta Water Summit Set Aug. 3 for Fresno State

From the Fresno Business Journal:

“Speakers from a wide variety of perspectives will address Bay-Delta estuary water, infrastructure and environmental issues during a Delta Water Summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Satellite Student Union at Fresno State.”

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Aquafornia news KCRA

Sacramento Mayor Johnson on Governor’s Twin Tunnels Plan

From KCRA:

“It was supposed to be a simple groundbreaking ceremony for a big upgrade on Sacramento’s water treatment plant, but Mayor Kevin Johnson couldn’t resist throwing a little dirt on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project.

“‘I would say I do not agree with the governor as it relates to the two tunnels,’ Johnson told reporters at the ceremony.”

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