Updates on the State Water Board Change Petition Hearing

Water Rights Testimony in Brief

The purpose of the water rights testimony was to demonstrate how the new points of diversion proposed under California WaterFix would not injure other legal users of water or initiate a new water right. The proposed project represents no change in quantity, rate, timing, source, purpose or place of use of water authorized under existing water rights permits.

Operations Testimony in Brief

The operations testimony explained current real-time operations and operational challenges of the State Water Project (SWP)/Central Valley Project (CVP).  The testimony provided an overview of DWR’s highly successful compliance record in meeting water quality standards in the Bay-Delta, modified obligations in recent drought years due to unique and severe hydrology, and increased operational flexibility anticipated with California WaterFix in place.

Modeling Testimony in Brief

The modeling testimony gave an overview of the models, tools and methodology used to analyze California WaterFix, and included various modeling scenarios, assumptions and results.  Specifically, the models were used to evaluate projected changes in water supply, water quality and water levels that may affect legal users of water.

Engineering Testimony in Brief

The engineering testimony focused on the proposed California WaterFix facilities and refinements to those facilities, potential construction effects and proposed mitigation, and flood protection measures. The information presented in this testimony was based on a conceptual level of design ‘ the appropriate level for a project still in the planning phase ‘ and will continue to be refined in future engineering phases. However, future refinements in preliminary and final design will be subject to the Water Board’s conditions for approval.

Project Overview Testimony in Brief

The purpose of the project overview testimony was to provide an examination of the California WaterFix
– specifically related to the three new points of diversion. Items covered included the current configuration and operations of the State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP), a general description of the new WaterFix facilities and a discussion of operational criteria.

Change Petition Hearing Highlights To Date and What’s Next

One month into Part 1A of the California WaterFix State Water Board change petition hearings and a lot has happened ‘ policy statements were given by a diverse collection of individuals, groups, organizations and businesses, and DWR and Reclamation began presenting their case in chief.  The petitioners have organized their case by topic, and the format includes a presentation summarizing written testimony followed by cross-examination of an expert witness panel.

Policy Statement from Director Mark Cowin of the California Department of Water Resources to the Water Board

Thank you for the opportunity to help frame this important proceeding. While I do not envy your role over the next weeks and months, I am grateful for the open and rigorous process you have established to consider our petition.

Hearings Begin With Support of WaterFix from Business, Ag, Labor and Water Agencies

Individuals and organizations representing businesses and employees, labor groups, agriculture and water agencies from across the state offered comments in support of WaterFix. A few highlights are below and you can read the full statement of Secretary John Laird of the California Natural Resources Agency.

Policy Statement from Secretary John Laird of the California Natural Resources Agency to the Water Board

Thank you for the intellectual energy and rigor you bring to this important task.  The State Water Board is given a critical responsibility — to protect legal users of water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.   The hearings that begin today will focus on how we do that as we modernize the State Water Project.

State Water Resources Control Board to Hear Testimony on California WaterFix

Whether they know it or not, most Californians ‘ two in three – use water delivered from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta).  Those water deliveries are increasingly unreliable because Delta pumping frequently is restricted in order to protect endangered fish species.   The 50-year-old pumps are located where they pose risks to fish, and they leave water deliveries vulnerable to disruption by earthquake, flood, and the rising sea levels and warmer storms we can expect with climate change. (Continue Reading)