Nov 26 Conservancy meeting on Delta signage, Big Break Park, Oakley, 3:00-5:00 pm
Nov 30 Public hearing on WaterFix financial concerns, Jean Harvie Center, 14273 River Rd, Walnut Grove, 10:00 am-Noon
Dec 6 NDWA board of directors meeting, 14120 Grand Ave., Walnut Grove
Dec 12 Conservancy meeting on Delta signage needs, Walnut Grove Library, 5:00-7:00 pm
Dec 14 DSC hearing on Delta Plan Amendments Draft EIR, 1110 W. Capitol Ave., West Sacramento, 4:00-7:00 pm
Dec 18 Deadline to comment on Delta Plan Amendments Draft EIR, 5:00 pm
WaterFix Construction Animation - DWR has posted 4 videos on YouTube of WaterFix project construction animation that show site preparation and construction activities involved in building intakes, tunnels, new Hwy. 160, barge facilities, and deep tunnel shafts.
Status of WaterFix Project - In accordance with State CEQA laws, DWR certified the WaterFix Final EIR On July 21, 2017 with Statement of Overriding Considerations (unmitigated significant impacts) and Mitigation Monitoring Program, and submitted Notice of Determination to State Clearinghouse. Despite previous announcement by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to approve Record of Decision (ROD) for WaterFix one week after DWR certified EIR, the USBR has not yet approved the ROD and not given any update on when it plans to do so. Several CEQA lawsuits were filed by local agencies and environmental organizations against the WaterFix EIR. The NDWA is not opposed to the project, but has filed a CEQA lawsuit and a protest of the change of diversion petition in order to ensure the project is designed an operated in a manner that ensures the water supply availability assurances and water quality criteria in the 1981 Contract with DWR are upheld. In addition, biological opinions were also released by NMFS and USFWS, with 2081 Incidental Take Permit being issued by CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) claiming WaterFix Project would not cause injury to fish or wildlife. Environmental organizations immediately filed lawsuits against the BiOps, followed by another coalition of environmental groups and the California Indian Water Commission filing a separate lawsuit against a validation action to authorize DWR to sell revenue bonds to finance the project. 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 - The SWRCB announced schedule of Part 2 of the WaterFix change of diversion petition hearings, with policy statements followed by testimony starting on January 18, 2018, preceded by a pre-hearing conference on October 19, 2017 that will discuss procedural matters only. Part 2 will exclusively focus on whether the WaterFix project will unreasonably affect fish and wildlife and recreational uses, including whether project will alter water quality in a manner detrimental to these uses. Part 2 will also consider imposing appropriate Delta flow criteria. Part 1 of the hearings focused on injury to legal water users is now closed. 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 Part 1 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.