May 8 Deadline to submit 2015 water diversion reports to SWRCB and avoid administrative fines
May 11-12 Delta Independent Science Board meeting on peer review of WaterFix EIR/EIS, Ryde Hotel, Walnut Grove
May 18 DPC board meeting, Peter’s Steakhouse, Isleton, 5:30-7:30 pm
May 24 DSC meeting, 980-9th St, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
June 7 NDWA board meeting, approve agency budget & set annual assessment rates, Walnut Grove, 9:30 am
Notice of Water Board Enforcement - May 8th is deadline for Delta water users to avoid fines and penalties. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) sent Notice of Violation for Failure to File Supplemental Statement of Water Diversion and Use that were due July 1, 2016 to 208 water right claimants within the Delta, informing water right holders that administrative civil liability fines will be imposed unless compliance is achieved before May 8, 2017. The Delta Watermaster released a list of diverters in the North Delta that are delinquent in reporting their 2015 water use.
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 - Hearings will resume on April 25th with rebuttal witnesses and evidence responding to protest cases presented earlier in the year. NDWA recently 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. A new March 15, 2017 SWRCB ruling responds to various motions submitted by entities protesting WaterFix change of diversion and project opponents. 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.
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.