NEWS ARCHIVE

DCA Names New Executive Director
Press Release

The board of directors of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) today named Kathryn Mallon as its new executive director. The DCA board authorized a contract with Management Partners to bring in Mallon, who has a history of successfully completing mega-projects. Ms. Mallon succeeds Jill Duerig, who has served as the DCA’s interim executive director since its formation in May 2018. M


DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL EIR/EIS RELEASED FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT Under NEPA
NEPA Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS

Public review of the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS for compliance with NEPA begins on September 21, 2018, when the U.S Environmental Protection Agency posts the notice of availability in the Federal Register. The public comment period closes on November 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.


WaterFix Economic Analysis Finds Project Benefits Far Exceed Costs
WaterFix Benefit-Cost Analysis

The WaterFix Benefit-Cost Analysis analyzes the value of water system improvements and the related costs and benefits to potential participants in both the urban and agricultural sectors.


DELTA PLAN CERTIFICATION OF CONSISTENCY Submitted
DSC Consistency Determination

The Delta Reform Act, as implemented by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC), requires a project proponent to certify through a Consistency Determination that proposed covered actions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are consistent with the co-equal goals identified in the Delta Reform Act and all applicable Delta Plan policies. The final Certification of Consistency for California WaterFix has been submitted.


Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS Released for Public Review and Comment
Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS

The California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS was prepared for the Department of Water Resources (DWR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The updated environmental analysis covers footprint changes resulting from proposed design modifications that further minimize impacts of the project on local communities and the environment.


ADMINISTRATIVE DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL EIR/EIS Posted
Admin Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS

The California WaterFix Administrative Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS was prepared for the Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act. The updated environmental analysis covers footprint changes resulting from proposed design modifications that further minimize impacts of the project on local communities and the environment.


DWR Forms Partnership for Design and Construction of WaterFix
Statement from DWR

SACRAMENTO – Today the Department of Water Resources (DWR) entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement with the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA), forming a partnership for the design and construction of California WaterFix.


Formation of Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority Announced 
WaterFix Implementation Details

After extensive study and analysis of major infrastructure projects, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and participating public water agencies are establishing a formal partnership to staff, design, contract, construct and finance the California WaterFix project.


California WaterFix Implementation Prompts Organizational Adjustments at DWR
Memo from DWR Director

California WaterFix marked several key milestones last year and in recent months, including the completion of the State’s environmental review process, productive collaboration on cost allocation among the State Water Contractors, and the advancement of promising implementation and financing options. Final permitting for WaterFix is on the horizon and implementation is imminent.


Statement Regarding California Water Fix
DWR Director Statement on SCVWD Vote

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors voted 4 to 3 to fully participate in California WaterFix. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released this statement by Director Karla Nemeth regarding the board’s decision:


Governor Brown Issues Statement on Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Vote to Support WaterFix
Governor Brown Statement on SCVWD Vote

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement regarding today’s vote by the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors to support WaterFix, California’s effort to modernize the state’s water infrastructure:


Mayor of San Jose Urges SCVWD Participation in WaterFix
Letter from San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo to SCVWD

The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) has an opportunity to update California’s infrastructure and secure the region’s water supply. By participating in the California WaterFix, the SCVWD would help provide a way to move Sierra Nevada water through the Delta and to our homes and businesses.


The delta tunnels plan is costly, risky and unfair to L.A. It’s also the right thing to do
L.A. Times Editorial

In voting Tuesday to pay two-thirds of the cost of building two tunnels to divert river water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and direct it southward, the Southern California Metropolitan Water District’s board bought into a plan that’s costly, risky, uncertain and unfair. And it is taking its ratepayers with it, because they will have to shoulder the costs on their water bills.


Metropolitan Water District Votes to Support WaterFix: Statement from DWR Director Nemeth
DWR Director Statement on MWD Vote

SACRAMENTO – Today, the Metropolitan Water District Board (MWD) voted 61 percent to 39 percent in support of California WaterFix in its entirety. The Department of Water Resources released this statement from Director Karla Nemeth regarding the Board’s decision:


Governor Brown Issues Statement on Metropolitan Water District’s Vote to Support WaterFix
Governor Brown Statement on MWD Vote

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement regarding today’s vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors to support WaterFix, California’s effort to modernize the state’s water infrastructure:


The Delta is dying. The planet is warming. Is California too focused on the tunnels?
Sacramento Bee Editorial

For far too long, too many leaders in California have had tunnel vision – Gov. Jerry Brown, local elected officials, water district executives. The epic battle over the Delta tunnels – how many, how big, who pays – has consumed this state, in one form or another, for generations. It has occupied legions of scientists and armies of lawyers – “a million hours” of study, as the governor once put it. The most recent environmental impact report has 90,000 pages of findings in it


Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Fishes
New Report from U.C. Davis Scientists - WaterFix Could Help Save Native Fish Species

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the heart of California’s water delivery system, connecting the precipitation-rich regions of the north with the dry farmlands and demanding urban areas of the south and coast, including the Bay Area. Scarce water resources create conflicts between people and fishes; as demand by people for water grows, less water is available for the environment.


The Case for California WaterFix
Op-ed in CityWatch L.A.

After a recent presentation by DWP about the status of remediation of underground water in the San Fernando Valley, I realized two things; first, they are doing a great job at building facilities to remove the underground toxins in these areas from the useful water for us Angelinos, and second, none of these measures are going to directly increase the water supply to Southern California. Which leaves us with a big question — how do we ensure our water supply in this desert we inhabit?


Economic Analysis Shows Value of Investing in WaterFix
WaterFix Cost-Benefit Analysis

The WaterFix Cost-Benefit Analysis analyzes the value of water system improvements and the related costs and benefits to potential participants in both the urban and agricultural sectors.


DWR Proposes Staged Implementation for WaterFix
Project Implementation Details

DWR is proposing to pursue WaterFix as planned, but also explore an option to stage implementation. This approach is directly responsive to the stated needs of the participating agencies, and would align the project with current funding commitments. It would also allow us to take significant steps toward improving environmental conditions.


Secretary Laird Comments on WaterFix Vote by Santa Clara Valley Water District
CNRA Press Release

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by Santa Clara Valley Water District to participate in the California WaterFix project.


Governor Brown Statement on SCVWD Vote
Governor Brown Statement on Santa Clara Valley Water District's Vote to Support Waterfix

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement regarding today’s unanimous vote by the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors to support WaterFix, California’s effort to modernize the state’s water infrastructure:


Opinion: WaterFix is Santa Clara County’s best solution
Secretary Laird Op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News

Many people in Santa Clara County don’t realize that over half the water they use is imported. Even with local dams and percolation ponds to keep groundwater at sustainable levels, the county must import 55 percent of its water to meet the needs of residents, businesses and growers.


Secretary Laird Comments on WaterFix Vote by Kern County Water Agency
CNRA Press Release

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by Kern County Water Agency to participate in the California WaterFix project.


Secretary Laird Comments on WaterFix Vote by Metropolitan Water District
CNRA Press Release

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to participate in the California WaterFix project.


Sorry, my fellow environmentalists, we have to build the delta tunnels
Op-ed from Environmental Writer Emily Green

Environmentalists are adamant in their objections to moving water from Northern California south. They took a stand against the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta peripheral canal project in 1982, and they are against the delta tunnels project (the California WaterFix) now. 


Southern California needs water. Stop waffling over the delta tunnels and dig
L.A. Times Editorial

Twentieth century Southern California quenched its thirst with a series of ingenious projects, from the aqueducts that bring snowmelt from the Eastern Sierra to Los Angeles, and the dams along the Colorado River that impound water from the Rockies, to the State Water Project that directs the flow of the distant Feather River through the Sacramento River, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, down the California Aqueduct and over the Tehachapis. 


California is obligated to fix delta water delivery system
Secretary Laird Op-ed in the S.F. Chronicle

The Bay Area imports most of its water and relies on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and its tributaries for about 70 percent of its supply. Those supplies face an uncertain future as a changing climate shrinks the Sierra snowpack and raises sea levels, and a declining ecosystem results in further restrictions – all while the Bay Area’s population and economy continue to grow.


Ted Page: Our Valley desperately needs California WaterFix
KCWA Board President Op-Ed in the Bakersfield Californian

I am proud to say I was born and raised in Kern County. I’ve lived here all my life. The people that live here with me are the best people I know. They never quit, and they never falter. They are tenacious and they persevere. Our character has served us well, because it is founded on what we know to be true: the decisions we make and the actions we take determine our future.


Between droughts and downpours is a reliable water supply a given in the San Fernando Valley?
Los Angeles Daily News

The challenges of ensuring a reliable water supply in a region marked by extreme swings in the weather was the theme of a discussion Friday on water projects in the San Fernando Valley and beyond.


Secretary Laird Comments on WaterFix Vote by Zone 7 Water Agency
CNRA Press Release

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Zone 7 Water Agency to participate in the California WaterFix project.


Secretary Laird Comments on WaterFix Vote by Westlands Water District
CNRA Press Release

SACRAMENTO – California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird issued the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Westlands Water District to decline participation in the California WaterFix project.


California’s twin tunnels project secures water supply
Secretary Laird Op-ed in the San Diego Union Tribune

Three years ago, I was pleased to join San Diego leaders at a ceremony dedicating the San Vicente Dam Raise, a $416 million project that marked the single largest increase in water storage in San Diego County history. The project and others such as the state-of-the-art desalination facility at Carlsbad are key components of a water portfolio that demonstrates the region’s commitment to long-term water security.


WaterFix: Modernizing California’s Water System
Benefits Animation

California’s water delivery system is more than 50 years old and in need of an upgrade. This is especially apparent in wet years, when we get a large amount of storm water, but don’t have the ability to effectively capture, store, and move it for later. Without fixing how we move the water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta), we will miss opportunities to take big gulps of water in wetter years and save it for use in drier years.


California WaterFix Affordable for Southern California Ratepayers
L.A. OPA/Ratepayer Advocate Report

Recently released report by the City of Los Angeles Office of Public Accountability/Ratepayer Advocate finds that under a wide array of cost and water demand possibilities, California WaterFix is affordable to LA households – average increase of only $1.73/month. 


Building California WaterFix
New Construction Animations

WaterFix is moving toward the design and construction phase to build a more reliable water system for California. The following animations are based on conceptual engineering designs and depict the construction activities associated with building three new intakes and two gravity-fed tunnels that will secure and deliver clean water supplies to 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland.


California WaterFix and Delta Smelt
California WaterBlog

The delta smelt is on a trajectory towards extinction in the wild.  Heading into 2017, the spawning adult population was at an all-time low although this past wet winter has apparently seen a small resurgence.  However, increasingly warm summer temperatures in the Delta may dampen any upswing.  Given the long-term trajectory of the population and climate predictions for California, maintaining Delta smelt in the Delta for the next 20-30 years is not likely to happen without significant improvements to the habitat.


INCIDENTAL TAKE PERMIT ISSUED FOR CALIFORNIA WATERFIX
WaterFix Section 2081(b) Permit

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued an incidental take permit for the construction and operation of California WaterFix in compliance with Section 2081(b) of the California Endangered Species Act.


DWR CERTIFIES FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
WaterFix NOD Signed

The Notice of Determination (NOD) for the California WaterFix environmental analysis was signed today, clearing a major milestone toward modernization of the state’s primary water delivery system. With finalization of the NOD and associated decision documents, DWR has approved WaterFix as the proposed project under the California Environmental Quality Act.


CALIFORNIA WATERFIX TAKES CRITICAL STEP FORWARD WITH ISSUANCE OF BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS
WaterFix Biological Opinions

After extensive consultation with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have released their biological opinions for the proposed construction and operation of California WaterFix. These agencies are responsible for the protection of species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).


California Levee System Could Contaminate Bay Area Drinking Water Supply
NBC Bay Area Investigative Report on At-Risk Delta Levees

A five year survey released by the California Department of Water Resources reveals half of the levees that guard California cities from a major flood don’t meet modern standards, and if a levee were to break in the wrong place, it could cut off the drinking water supply to the Bay Area for months or even years


Sierra Water returns to North County taps
Op-ed from MWD Special Projects Manager

What a difference one year and one wet winter makes. Last year, 100 percent of the imported water needed to run the North County economy came from the Colorado River. These days, not a drop is coming from the Colorado. Instead, all of the imported water coming out of your tap is from Northern California.


CALIFORNIA WATERFIX: SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS AND NEXT STEPS
Updated Progress Report Available

California WaterFix is the state’s plan to upgrade outdated infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) to secure California’s water supplies and improve the Delta’s ecosystem. Over the last ten years the project has made significant progress, with 2016 marking completion of the environmental review documents.


AQUATIC SCIENCE PEER REVIEW PHASE 2B
California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2B - Jan. 23-24, 2017

The purpose of the California WaterFix (WaterFix) Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2B is to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) with an independent scientific evaluation of draft sections of the NMFS’ and FWS’ Biological Opinions (BiOps) on WaterFix for all federal Endangered Species Act-listed aquatic species and their critical habitat.


Secretary Jewell Lays Out Strategy to Address Impacts of Drought and Climate Change in California
DOI Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order directing the Department of the Interior and its bureaus to take timely actions to help address the effects of drought and climate change on California’s water supply and imperiled wildlife.


STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF FINAL CALIFORNIA WATERFIX ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS
MWD News Release

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issues the following statement on today’s release of the final environmental impact report/statement for the ongoing California WaterFix process.


CALIFORNIA WATERFIX: MOVING TOWARD ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW PROCESS COMPLETION
Final EIR/EIS Fact Sheet

The WaterFix planning process began in 2006, initially proposed as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). State and federal agencies proposed updating the State Water Project (SWP) by adding new points of diversion in the north Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta).


Final Environmental Documents for WaterFix Released
DWR/Reclamation Press Release

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Following hundreds of public meetings and thousands of public comments, California today released the final, refined environmental documents for WaterFix, an essential effort to modernize the State’s water infrastructure.


Release of Final Environmental Reports for WaterFix
Governor Brown Statement

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement regarding today’s release of final environmental documents for WaterFix, California’s effort to modernize the state’s water infrastructure:


BDCP/CA WaterFix Final EIR/EIS Available on Dec. 22
Final Environmental Documents Available on Thursday

The California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Lead Agencies) have completed the Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix Final Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/ EIS). This document has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and will be available at www. BayDeltaConservationPlan.com on December 22, 2016.


California WaterFix is the ‘grand compromise’ for the Delta
State Water Contractors GM Op-ed in the Sac Bee

Public water agencies throughout California are looking to spend billions of dollars in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to address a fundamental physical reality: The existing water system in the southern Delta poses an intractable environmental problem. The only solution is to construct a new, sufficiently sized conveyance system to move water supplies.Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article121161883.html#storylink=cpy


Municipal Water Leader Magazine
Articles and Interviews Highlighting Importance of WaterFIx

While working for Commissioner Robert Johnson of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, I often heard him compare the storage capacities of the Colorado River with California. “The Colorado River’s flow “is supposed to be 15 million acre-feet,” he would joke. “The good news is, there is 60 million acre-feet of storage in the Colorado River system, so four times the annual flow.” Always a generous man, he would say, “California’s watershed is comparable to the Colorado River; however, there is only enough storage for less than half the annual runoff.” 


WaterFix Support Resolution Passed
MWDOC Directors urge support for critical water project

Recognizing the importance of the California WaterFix to Southern California’s water reliability, Directors of the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution of support for the proposed project.


Delta Dependency Map
Millions of Californians Rely on Imported Water

More than 25 million Californians rely on water that comes from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and then travels through the Sacramento-San
Joaquin Delta (Delta). This map provides a glimpse into some of the urban communities that depend on this water.


Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2A
California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2A - Dec. 8-9, 2016

The purpose of the California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review is to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) with an independent scientific evaluation of the methods and approaches for developing the joint Biological Opinion requirements and analyses prepared for the CDFW 2081 (b) Incidental Take Permit (ITP) application for the California WaterFix. The Phase 2A review will focus on the latter. 


Unity needed for statewide water solutions
DWR Director Op-Ed in the San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego County’s reliance on imported water is among the highest in California. Despite previous and planned local investments in desalination and recycling, most of this region’s water will continue to come from distant watersheds for decades to come as far as any water planner today can see. In fact, by 2040 the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) estimates 80 percent of their supply will be imported even with water efficiency savings and increased local supplies. Nearly half of that water will come from Metropolitan Water District which gets its supply from the Colorado River and Sierra Nevada


“CA WaterFix – Together with CA EcoRestore – is Likely to Improve Water Supply Reliability”
PPIC Report

SACRAMENTO – Last week, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) released policy reports focused on water infrastructure and deliveries in California, which highlighted the urgency of securing water deliveries and the Governor’s California WaterFix. The reports were released at their Policy Priorities for California’s Water conference in Sacramento.


Laird: Loma Prieta memories should remind of Delta’s peril
CNRA Secretary Laird Op-Ed in SJ Mercury News

Twenty-seven years ago, on Oct. 17, 1989, I was a City Council member going about my normal business in Santa Cruz. I returned home in time for game three of the Giants v A’s World Series. As I settled in, the TV jumped at me. A 6.9 earthquake centered about ten miles away was shaking the region.


Incidental Take Permit Application for California WaterFix
Section 2081(b) of the California Endangered Species Act

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has submitted an incidental intake application for California WaterFix to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) in compliance with the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Consistent with the federal Endangered Species Act process where DWR and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently submitted the California WaterFix biological assessment addressing incidental take of federally-listed species, DWR has submitted this application to DFW in compliance with Section 2081(b) of CESA to address incidental take of state-listed species for the California WaterFix.


Adaptive Management Framework
California WaterFix and Current Biological Opinions

Adaptive management is a science-based, flexible approach to resource management decision-making. When correctly designed and executed, adaptive management programs provide the ability to make and implement decisions while simultaneously conducting research to reduce the ecological uncertainty of a decision’s outcome. These characteristics facilitate a management regime that is transparent, collaborative, and responsive to changes in scientific understanding. 


California WaterFix Protects Ecosystems and Improves Infrastructure
Op-Ed from the Natural Heritage Institute in NewsDeeply

A big infrastructure project could help the beleaguered Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and protect water facilities in the face of rising seas, writes Gerald Meral of the Natural Heritage Institute.


Mielke: WaterFix provides solution to California’s water woes
SVLG Op-Ed in the San Jose Mercury News

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.


Work on Water Fix Progresses with Release of Biological Assessment
Reclamation and DWR Release Species-by-Species Analysis

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.


A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CALIFORNIA WATERFIX
SCVWD Blog

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.


State Water Resources Control Board Hearings on WaterFix Begin
CNRA Press Release

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.


Mark Cowin: Planning for California’s Water Future
DWR Director Op-Ed in NewsDeeply

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.


Brown calls on Bruce Babbitt, as time runs short for water fix
Sac Bee: Bruce Babbitt tackles CA WaterFix

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.


Resources Agency Releases California WaterFix Fast Facts
Fast Facts Now Available

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.


Analysis of California WaterFix Potential Effects Submitted to SWRCB
Evidence and Testimony Available for Water Right Hearing

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.


Why we need the Delta water tunnels
Calleguas MWD President Op-Ed in Ventura County Star

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.


CALIFORNIA ECORESTORE LAUNCHES CONSTRUCTION OF 7,370 ACRES OF CRITICAL DELTA HABITAT
New California EcoRestore Fact Sheet

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.


CALIFORNIA LIFESTYLE RELIES ON DELTA WATER
CNRA Secretary Laird Op-Ed in SF Chronicle

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, earlier this month called for a “Plan B” to replace WaterFix, the state’s proposal to upgrade 50-year-old infrastructure to deliver water in a more environmentally protective manner. Wolk suggests reducing water demand through efficiency and conservation, metering all uses of water, better managing groundwater and modernizing levees. On these things, we agree. The state is doing all of that, and more.


AQUATIC SCIENCE PEER REVIEW
California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review

The purpose of the California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review is to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) with an independent scientific evaluation of the methods and approaches for developing the joint Biological Opinion requirements and analyses prepared for the CDFW 2081 (b) Incidental Take Permit application for the California WaterFix.


WORKING DRAFT BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT MODELING DATA
Working Draft Biological Assessment Modeling Data Now Available

The CALSIM and DSM2 modeling data used in development of the working draft biological assessment for the California WaterFix is now available upon request. CALSIM is a model used to simulate State Water Project (SWP)/Central Valley Project (CVP) operations. DSM2 is an extension of CALSIM which is used to model the historical hydrodynamics and electrical conductivity for the Delta and portions of the San Joaquin River.


U.S. BUREAU OF RECLAMATION AND DWR RELEASE DRAFT SPECIES-BY-SPECIES ANALYSIS
January 15, 2016 - California WaterFix Daft Biological Assessment Released

On January 15, 2016, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) released a working draft of the biological assessment for the California WaterFix.


DCE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT NOW AVAILABLE
Design & Construction Enterprise Tentative Agreement

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and a Joint Powers Authority comprised of public water agencies will collaborate in the design and construction of California WaterFix, should the project be permitted by various state and federal regulators and should the public water agencies choose to pursue the project.


NEW FACT SHEETS COVER A VARIETY OF IMPORTANT TOPICS
New Fact Sheets Detail Progress, Purpose & Project Improvements

Over the last year, the California WaterFix made considerable progress in securing California’s water supplies and improving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s (Delta) ecosystem. In response to comments made on the draft environmental documents, and facing various uncertainties regarding future Delta conditions, the project shifted from a habitat conservation plan to a focused upgrade of the Delta’s primary water conveyance system. The project also underwent additional design changes resulting in reduced impacts on Delta communities and increased efficiency. Project changes were described and analyzed in a recirculated/supplemental environmental document released to the public for review and comment. The following graphic timeline chronicles the evolution of California WaterFix over the last year and includes a snapshot of major milestones:


CALIFORNIA WATERFIX STATE AND FEDERAL PLANNING AND PERMITTING PROCESS
What Happens Next Fact Sheet

Large infrastructure projects like California WaterFix require multiple and often concurrent regulatory review and permitting processes to obtain all of the necessary approvals before moving forward. Below is an overview of the regulatory and permitting actions associated with California WaterFix.


STATEMENT ON CLOSE OF RDEIR/SDEIS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
DWR & USBR Statement on Close of Public Comment Period

Today ends the public comment period on the updated draft environmental documents that analyze the potential effects of changing the primary water diversion system in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The alternatives analyzed include California WaterFix, the project preferred by the administration of Governor Edmund G. Brown to achieve the co-equal goals of enhancing the Delta ecosystem and improving water supply reliability.


DWR STATEMENT REGARDING DELTA INDEPENDENT SCIENCE BOARD COMMENTS ON RDEIR/SDEIS
DISB RDEIR/SDEIS Comments - DWR Statement

Statement from Cassandra Enos-Nobriga, program manager for the California Department of Water Resources, about the Delta Independent Science Board comments on the Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIR/SDEIS) for California WaterFix:


404 PERMIT APPLICATION SUBMITTED
WR Submits 404 Permit Application to The Corps

On August 26, 2015, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) submitted a permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) for California WaterFix, a project that aims to modernize the way water is diverted from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by the State Water Project and Central Valley Project. This milestone brings additional opportunities for public participation in regulatory processes, including public comment.


CHANGE PETITION SUBMITTED
DWR and USBR Submit Change Petition to SWRCB

Today the Department of Water Resources submitted a permit application in furtherance of the California WaterFix. This is an important milestone for the project that brings with it additional opportunities for public participation in important regulatory processes related to the federal Clean Water Act and California water rights, including submission of comment and testimony.


COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED
RDEIR/SDEIS 60-Day Public Comment Period Extension

JULY 22, 2015 | The California Department of Water Resources and the Federal Bureau of Reclamation announced today a 60-day extension of the public comment period for the joint Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR)/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix.


BDCP/CA WATERFIX RDEIR/SDEIS
Recirculated Environmental Documents

The updated environmental analysis for the BDCP/California WaterFix is now available for public review. The official comment period begins on Friday, July 10th.


RESTORING THE SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA ECOSYSTEM
California EcoRestore Webpage

Link to the California EcoRestore page on the California Natural Resources Agency website.


PRESS CONFERENCE
California WaterFix & EcoRestore Press Conference Video

4-30-2015 OAKLAND ‘ After months of public comment and exhaustive review, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined top federal officials to unveil plans that accelerate restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem and fix the state’s aging water infrastructure.


CALIFORNIA WATER ACTION PLAN
Statewide Water Supply Efforts

Led by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the effort to develop and implement the California Water Action Plan is collaborative and inclusive, involving a broad array of affected state entities, federal, local and tribal partners, and the public.


PRESS RELEASE
Office of the Governor - California WaterFix & EcoRestore Press Release

After months of public comment and exhaustive review, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined top federal officials to unveil plans that accelerate restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem and fix the state’s aging water infrastructure.


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