July 6, 2022

NDWA Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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NDWA Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, July 6, 2022

9:30 a.m.
Hybrid Meeting in Person/ teleconference

3050 Beacon Blvd., Ste 203, West Sacramento, CA 


 Consistent with AB 361, this meeting will be conducted by teleconference. The public may attend the meeting remotely and offer public comments by Zoom or by telephone, using the call-in information provided below. The Board may utilize different call-in information for any Closed Session items. The call-in information for the Board and members of the public for this board meeting is as follows:
Web Meeting:
Meeting ID: 880 2402 0775
Passcode: 372155

Call In Only:
        833 548 0282 US Toll-free
        877 853 5257 US Toll-free
        888 475 4499 US Toll-free
        833 548 0276 US Toll-free
Meeting ID: 880 2402 0775
Passcode: 372155

Any member of the public on the telephone may speak during the Public Comment Period, Agenda Item #11, or may email public comments to cindy@northdeltawater.net and all comments will be read aloud during the meeting. During this period of modified Brown Act compliance, NDWA will use its best efforts to swiftly resolve requests for reasonable modifications or accommodations for individuals with disabilities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will resolve any doubt whatsoever in favor of accessibility. 

*** Note: Action may be taken on any item listed on this agenda ***

1.         Call to Order
    Steve Mello, Chairman

2.        Approval of Minutes
Steve Mello, Chairman
            A.  ACTION:  Approve June 1, 2022, Board Meeting Minutes

 3.         Approval of Resolution

              Steve Mello, Chairman
            A.  Consider Adoption of Resolution Authorizing Extension of Remote Board Meetings

              2022-07 Remote_Meeting_Resolution___Re-Ratify.pdf

4.         Engineer Report

            Anne Williams, Engineer
Water Quality and Hydrologic Conditions Update – Contract criteria compliance and monitoring station malfunction.

           B.  SWRCB Emergency Drought Regulations – Delta Watermaster convening meeting.

           C.  Update on SWP Operations, Term 91 Notice issued, and Temporary Urgency Change Order implementation.
 5.        Drought Activities
Anne Williams, MBK Engineers and Kevin O’Brien, Downey Brand
            A.  USACE Permit Notice Issued for Drought Barriers – Deadline to comment is July 18, 2022; and update on reimbursement MOU with DWR.
            B.  Release of Delta Watermaster Report on Friant Illegal Diversion Complaint.
            C.  Article 4 Drought Emergency Provision – DWR to establish Special Claims Process and host informational public meeting.

6.         Legal Report
Kevin O’Brien, Downey Brand

            A. WaterFix CEQA Lawsuit - Third District Court of Appeal Decision on NDWA Request for Legal Fees Reimbursement: remanded to lower court.
            B. Water Quality Control Plan Update – SWRCB released biological goals for Lower San Joaquin River.

 7.       Manager Report
Melinda Terry, Manager
            A.  Report on meetings, presentations, and correspondence – Update on NDWA reserve policy ad-hoc committee and staff coordination on                             Voluntary Agreement presentation to Board.

            B.  Delta Counties Coalition Water Summit – Request approval of resolution on Delta Conveyance Tunnel.
            C.  August NDWA meeting Agenda Items: 1) Jacob McQuirk, DWR, presentation on North Delta drought barriers; 2) Los Vaqueros Dam expansion                   presentation by CCWD; and 3) Kevin O’Brien Presentation on Bay-Delta Plan Voluntary Agreement.

8.         Legislative Report
 Melinda Terry, Manager
            A. Consider AB 1944 (Lee/Garcia) – Proposes to modify public meeting rules.
            B. State Budget – Appropriations for Delta drought barriers and Delta Drought Response Plan.
9.      Delta Activities Report
Melinda Terry, Manager
            A. SWRCB/Delta Watermaster – SWRCB released biological goals for Lower San Joaquin River as part of Bay-Delta Plan; update on water rights,                    water use reporting, and other activities.
            B. Delta Habitat Projects – Groundbreaking ceremonies for Lookout Slough Habitat Restoration Project in Cache Slough area and “Big Notch”                        Project in Yolo Bypass.
            C. Delta Conveyance Project – Split vote by Zone 7 to continue tunnel funding.
            D. Delta Conservancy – Update on Delta Drought Response Program and other activities.
            E.  Delta Protection Commission (DPC) – New Executive Director announced and updates on National Heritage Area, DPAC, and other activities.
            F.  Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) – Delta Independent Science Board released Water Supply Reliability Estimation, DISB Delta tour, RD 2093                      submits certification of consistency for Fish Conservation Bank project, and Delta Adapts activities.
            G.  CVP/SWP – ESA consultations continue to develop new Biological Opinions guiding operation of state and federal water projects.

 10.       Announcements
11.        Public Comment

 12.       Adjournment