August 29, 2011
State Water Contractors, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority Submit Letter on DSC Delta Plan
The State Water Contractors and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority submitted a letter last week to the Delta Stewardship Council expressing concern about the “numerous inaccurate statements about the operations of the State Water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP)…,” which are included in the fifth draft Delta Plan.
The letter, submitted last Wednesday, takes issue with specific statements in the plan’s fifth draft that have to do with quantity of water exported by the SWP and CVP in wet years versus dry years. The letter also disputes the claim made in the fifth draft that there is an “expectation that each year –wet, dry or average—should yield the same quantity of water exported from the Delta watershed.”…Read more here.
SCWC Expresses Support for Proposed BDCP Schedule
SCWC submitted a letter of support last week for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) schedule announced two weeks ago jointly by the California Natural Resources Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The schedule lays out a timeline under which the draft EIR/EIS is completed by June 2012. The schedule forecasts completion of the environmental review process by February 2013.
The SCWC letter, submitted both to the California Resources Agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior by Executive Director Richard Atwater, expresses encouragement about the schedule, and emphasizes the importance of completing the BDCP in a timely manner:
“The timely completion of the BDCP is a crucial step toward ensuring a healthy Delta environment, as well as long-tem water supply reliability for all Californians,” The BDCP enables the protection of fragile Delta ecosystems, and puts forth real solutions for our state’s most critical water supply, storage and delivery problems, which have made our water future volatile and uncertain for decades. These steps are critical for the health of our state, and we have no more time to waste.”…Read more here.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein Reaffirms Support for Delta Fix at Orange County Event
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) reaffirmed her support for a timely and comprehensive Delta fix Thursday morning at an event in Orange County hosted by the Orange County Water District.
During her speech, she emphasized the importance of the West Coast’s largest estuary and water supply hub, saying that the “Delta is core.” The senator also stressed the need to construct a new Delta conveyance system as part of the overall fix, pointing out that “conveyance has to be built.” In addition, she asserted that we must “find a way to provide certainty” in our water supplies.
Southern California Water Committee Board of Trustees Chair Charles Wilson issued the following statement in reaction to Senator Feinstein’s comments:
“Our organization is pleased to hear Senator Feinstein speak with such strength and urgency about the need to move forward with a long-term fix for the Delta that includes the important component of Delta conveyance. There is no water challenge more crucial for the health of our state than repairing the Delta, and the kind of willingness to engage that Senator Feinstein has shown is exactly what we need from our state and federal leaders at this time.”…Read more here
In Case You Missed It -- SCWC Water Blog: Governor Brown Wades in Supporting Delta Fix
The following piece was posted to the new SCWC Water Blog last week by Executive Director Richard Atwater:
Those of us in the statewide water and natural resources community have been anxiously waiting for Governor Jerry Brown to address water issues, especially his vision for restoring the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta and improving our statewide water delivery system. He waded in, no pun intended, last week with a strong visit to the Fresno Bee’s editorial board and we’re very pleased to see him supporting a comprehensive Delta fix, including new conveyance.
The Governor’s visit triggered a number of solid editorials throughout the state on the issue: …Read more here.
Kern County Water Agency to Hold Event Marking 50th Anniversary; SCWC Partners
To mark its 50th anniversary, the Kern County Water Agency is hosting Vision 2061, an educational event that brings federal, state and local leaders and stakeholder organizations together to encourage creative thinking and big ideas so California can meet its water needs during the next 50 years.
The event will take place Friday, Oct. 21 at Bakersfield College from 8am to 3pm. To RSVP, visit http://vision2061.kcwa.com or call (661) 634-1400.