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August 22, 2011

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Gov. Brown Reaffirms Support for Delta Conveyance


Gov. Jerry Brown met with the Fresno Bee’s editorial board last week, reaffirming his support for a new kind of Delta conveyance system, be it a peripheral canal or a tunnel, as well as his administration’s commitment to finding a solution for fixing the Delta.
The Governor’s visit to Fresno marked his first visit to the Central Valley since taking office in January, and the first time he directly addressed his administration’s position on fixing the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
In an editorial following the visit, the Fresno Bee emphasized the urgent need for action to fix the Delta:

 “No matter what you call it, there must be a system to move water around the Delta, and south to Valley farmers and thirsty residents in Southern California.

The estuary contains threatened species, has crumbling levees and the water is increasingly contaminated. It would be an economic and environmental disaster if the Delta is severely damaged by an earthquake or flood.”...Read more here.

SCWC has been actively engaged on all fronts of the statewide dialogue concerning the Delta, including discussions on the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. We are closely monitoring this important discourse, and we encourage you to join the discussion by visiting our Bay-Delta page online, and following SCWC on Facebook.

DSC To Meet Friday, Discuss Delta Plan

The  Delta Stewardship Council is set to meet this Friday, August 26 in Sacramento to continue the discussion on developing its Delta Plan, which by legislative decree, aims to accomplish the co-equal goals of environmental preservation in the Delta and water supply reliability for California. By law, the plan must be completed by the end of 2011.
The meeting comes a couple of weeks after the release of the fifth staff draft of the Delta Plan.

The release of this draft, like each of the several drafts before it, has been meet with a growing chorus of concern from water and agriculture stakeholders across the state. After the release of the fourth draft in June, SCWC, along with a broad coalition of statewide interests, submitted a letter to the DSC, along with an alternate version of the plan to be considered in the environmental review process.

The growing concern of the coalition is based on serious problems with current drafts of the plan. Chief among these concerns are that the plan’s proposed regulatory scope undermines the important efforts of local supply initiatives; that the plan lacks a coherent strategy to truly accomplish the co-equal goals; and that the plan, as is, would actually result in a diminished – and more expensive – water supply for local cities, farms and businesses.

If you’d like to attend this Friday’s Council meeting get involved in the Delta Plan dialogue, it will take place at 9am at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza. Click here for more details.

For more information on SCWC’s involvement in Delta issues, please visit our “Bay-Delta” page online.

DWR Awards Nearly $100M in Prop. 84 Water Management Grants to Southern California Counties, Cities and Agencies

The California Department of Water Resources last week announced millions of dollars in new grants for Southern California cities, counties and water agencies from Proposition 84, a statewide water and natural resources bond California voters passed in November 2006.

The new grants for Southern California, totaling more than $92 million, will help these agencies and municipalities increase local water supplies and improve water quality.

In a statement regarding the new grant awards, SCWC Executive Director Rich Atwater said:

“These new Proposition 84 grants are great news to our Southern California water agencies and local governments. With this much-needed new funding, local agencies will be able to create new jobs and move forward with important water delivery and supply efforts – including stormwater capture, water recycling, cleaning groundwater supplies and providing additional storage – that are instrumental in securing our region’s water future.” …Read more here

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Save the Date -- Urban Water Planning Workshop Sept. 23

SCWC is set to host its fourth in a long and successful series of Urban Water Planning workshops to provide valuable assistance and guidance to our members as they move through the process of updating their Urban Water Management Plans for the new requirements.
This latest workshop is scheduled to be held at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Friday, Sept. 23.
Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more info by visiting us online at www.socalwater.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/socalwater.

Three Valleys MWD Leadership Breakfast Set for Oct. 6

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Three Valleys MWD will host its Leadership Breakfast at the Avalon Restaurant, Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona from 7:30am – 9:30am.

The event will feature special guest speaker Bob Hertzberg, who, from his extensive array of experience in state government, will discuss how reform is taking place throughout the state.
For more information on this event, or to RSVP, please call (909) 621-5568 or email cdechaine@tvmwd.com

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