Jan 12 Delta ISB review of SWRCB Water Quality Update (Sac River) Scientific Report, 980-9th St., 2nd floor, 1:30 pm
Jan 17 DSC workshop, Delta Levee Investments, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, 5:00-7:00 pm
Jan 19 DSC workshop, Delta Levee Investments, Jean Harvie, 14273 River Rd, Walnut Grove, 5:00-7:00 pm
Feb 1 NDWA Board Meeting, 14120 Grand Ave, Walnut Grove, 9:30 am
Final WaterFix EIR/EIS Released - Certification and approval of the WaterFix EIR and EIS by DWR and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is expected 30 days after a notice of availability is published in the Federal Register. Approval of biological opinions by USFWS and NMFS are anticipated in spring of 2017, which paves the way for approval of WaterFix permits such from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, SWRCB, and other agencies. California law (CWC Sec. 85088)requires approval by the SWRCB of a change of diversion petition (see info on Petition Hearings below) before construction of WaterFix can begin. Timing of permitting approvals will likely result in phased construction of WaterFix. The Clifton Court Forebay expansion and modification could begin first, and possibly the twin tunnels, but the three new intakes cannot proceed without the USACE issuing a 408 permit, which requires project to be at 65% of design. Waterfix is currently at a "conceptual" 10% level of design.
WaterFix Petition Hearings - A new SWRCB October 7, 2016 ruling responds to motions objecting to testimony submitted by entities protesting WaterFix change of diversion and on other procedural matters. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) hearing on the change of diversion permit submitted by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) started on July 26, 2016 with policy statements presented over three days. DWR/USBR representatives then made opening statements and began presenting witnesses with expertise on the development of the WaterFix project to be cross examined by each Protester about the written testimony they submitted. The WaterFix hearing can be watched live on the internet, with each hearing posted afterwards in case you want to watch later. To attend in person, the hearings are at CALEPA, 1001-I St., in downtown Sacramento.
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.
Melinda Terry, Manager