Downtown San Jose sank 13 feet between 1910 and 1970 from excessive groundwater pumping. Repairs to sewers, roads, and bridges, plus the construction of levees to protect land below high tide from flooding, cost the area at least $750 million in 2013 dollars.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) have released a revised biological assessment for the California WaterFix to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with a request to begin the formal consultation process under Section 7 of the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). The goal of WaterFix is to balance the needs of California residents with the needs of Delta fish and wildlife. This biological assessment articulates how WaterFix would be operated to meet the needs of endangered species.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a special place. It’s where the two longest rivers in the state come together; it’s home to more than 700 plant and animal species, both thriving and endangered, and serves as a stop along the Pacific Flyway bird migration route; its fertile soil supports an important part of our state’s agricultural landscape.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Tomorrow, the State Water Resources Control Board will begin public hearings on the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) request to add three new points of diversion for California WaterFix. The opening three days of the hearings will likely begin with policy statements from the Natural Resources Agency and U.S. Department of the Interior followed by public comment.
WE CANNOT REBUILD California’s water infrastructure from the ground up. All the dams, pumps, aqueducts – and rules and laws – arise from 200 years of human engineering in the Golden State. Our forebears designed these projects for the sole benefit of a few million people, and today we struggle to adapt them to the support of threatened fish and wildlife and 39 million people.
Working from a bland, windowless office on the 13th floor of the Resources Building, one of California’s newest state employees focuses on the one issue from which all else flows, water. Bruce Babbitt has signed on to help Jerry Brown fix what the governor calls the California WaterFix. They are of a type, Westerners, who understand the precarious balance between being environmental stewards and having millions of people inhabit deserts. And at 78, Babbitt and Brown understand that time is not limitless.
SACRAMENTO – California WaterFix is a critical upgrade to 50-year-old infrastructure to protect a major source of clean water for two thirds of the state. Work toward final environmental review documents continues this summer. Through a series of public meetings in late July, the State Water Resources Control Board will review the state’s petition to build new intakes along the Sacramento River.
Yesterday, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Bureau of Reclamation submitted testimony to the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) as required for the upcoming public hearings on a request to add three new points of diversion to the State Water Project, with coordinated operations for the Central Valley Project, for California WaterFix.
The Calleguas Municipal Water District Board of Directors was pleased to read the April 10 commentary by John Laird, state secretary for natural resources, on the California WaterFix proposal to build new intakes and tunnels to safeguard and stabilize water deliveries from the northern Sierra and Sacramento Delta.
After one year in operation, California EcoRestore has made considerable progress and expects to complete or have under construction over 7,370 acres of tidal and floodplain restoration, 2,680 feet of riparian habitat and 3 fish passage projects by 2017. This accelerated construction schedule is significantly more than all restoration completed in the Delta over the past 20 years’and is a testament to the tangible progress that can be brought to bear through focused collaboration among state, local and federal partners.