July 17 Special NDWA Board Meeting 9:30am - CLOSED Session Only - 13941 River Rd., Walnut Grove, CA
Status of WaterFix Project - Certification and approval of the WaterFix EIR and EIS by DWR and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is expected any day now that biological opinions were issued by USFWS and NMFS claiming WaterFix Project would not cause injury to fish or wildlife. Environmental organizations immediately filed lawsuits against the BiOps. Additional permit approvals are still required from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, SWRCB, and other agencie, and California law (CWC Sec. 85088)requires approval of a change of diversion petition by the SWRCB (see info on Petition Hearings below) before construction of WaterFix can begin. Waterfix is currently at a "conceptual" 10% level of design, which is acknowledged in the first of three white papers by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to inform their board of directors before vote on project in September.
WaterFix Petition Hearings - Part 1 of hearings, focused on injury to legal water users, resumed on April 25th with rebuttal witnesses and evidence responding to protest cases presented earlier in the year, and has moved on to sur-rebuttal testimony. NDWA filed a legal request for DWR to produce documentation of any modeling results done to evaluate water surface levels and water quality at monitoring locations identified in the NDWA 1981 Contract. All of the rulings by hearing officers responding to various motions submitted by DWR and entities protesting WaterFix change of diversion and project and other hearing-related documents are available on SWRCB's website. The WaterFix hearing can be watched live on the internet, with each hearing posted afterwards in case you want to watch later, and a synopsis of the hearings written by Downey Brand. To attend in person, the hearings are at CALEPA, 1001-I St., in downtown Sacramento.
Melinda Terry, Manager
The California Legislature formed the North Delta Water Agency in 1973. By law, the Agency has two general purposes:
1) Protect the North Delta's water supply against saltwater intrusion; and 2) Assure a dependable supply of water for North Delta landowners.