The proposed Delta Conveyance project to modernize the state’s water system continues to move forward, even as the COVID-19 outbreak reshapes what public participation and group interaction look like. We’re watching how many in the utility world are moving important discussions online rather than postponing activity. The online platforms vary, from Skype to Zoom to GoToMeeting to WebEx, but we love the can-do attitude of many government agencies, utilities, businesses and non-profits all willing to try new means of communicating and moving critical projects ahead.
The joint powers authority formed to oversee design and construction of the proposed Delta Conveyance project held its most recent meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2020 via a web conferencing platform. The entire meeting of the Board of Directors of Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority is published online HERE. The Board packet can be found HERE. Among the discussion items were an update on the activities of the Stakeholder Engagement Committee, tasked with communicating to Delta area residents and businesses about the Delta Conveyance project and proposed facilities. A separate report by DCA staff focused on plans for facilities along the central and eastern alignments, and a process for developing a budget for fiscal year 2021.
For us, we love to see momentum continuing for construction of this important project aimed at improving California’s water supply reliability. The proposed Delta Conveyance project will upgrade, improve, and modernize the State Water Project’s water delivery system through Northern California’s Delta region. Fishery declines, earthquakes, floods, climate change, and rising sea levels all pose a serious threat to water supplied through the Delta. The state announced the launch of a new environmental review and planning process in January 2020. Public comments on the Notice of Preparation are welcome through a deadline extended to April 17, 2020.
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