DWR released a Notice of Preparation to modernize Delta infrastructure

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DWR released a Notice of Preparation to modernize Delta infrastructure

Postby WB Staff » Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:18 am

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State Initiates Environmental Review for Proposed Delta Conveyance Project, Begins Public Scoping

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a proposal to modernize water infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, initiating environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The NOP, announcing the preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR) for the proposed Delta Conveyance Project, marks the first step under the CEQA process.

The proposed project described in the NOP is a single underground tunnel with two intakes that together have a total diversion capacity of 6,000 cubic feet-per-second (cfs). The NOP notes that there will likely be alternatives identified that evaluate a range of capacities from 3,000 cfs to 7,500 cfs. The NOP signals the start of the scoping process for the EIR and provides an opportunity for members of the public and agencies to provide input on the scope and content of the EIR, including information needs, potential project effects and mitigation measures, and possible alternatives to the proposed project.

The purpose in proposing this project is to develop diversion and conveyance facilities in the Delta necessary to restore and protect the reliability of California’s water deliveries south of the Delta in a cost-effective manner, and consistent with the recently released draft Water Resilience Portfolio.

“Governor Newsom directed state agencies to pursue a single tunnel solution to modernize our water infrastructure, and when combined with the broader, statewide Portfolio approach, this project would help safeguard a vital source of affordable water for millions of Californians,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “This water supply is critical to the health of local communities, the future of the Delta ecosystem and the success of our state’s economy.”

California’s main system of water conveyance, which moves a large portion of the state’s surface water supply, continues to be under threat from flood, subsidence, earthquake, and climate change. Our state-led water system that captures precipitation from the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers to provide drinking water to 27 million Californians faces major vulnerabilities as it travels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

In his 2019 State of the State, Governor Newsom reiterated his support of a single tunnel solution stating “the status quo is not an option. We need to protect our water supply from earthquakes and rising sea levels, preserve delta fisheries, and meet the needs of cities and farms.”

Public comments on the NOP are due on March 20, 2020 by 5 p.m. and may be submitted via email at DeltaConveyanceScoping@water.ca.gov or mail at Delta Conveyance Scoping Comments, Attn: Renee Rodriguez, Department of Water Resources, P.O. Box 942836, Sacramento, CA 94236. Seven public scoping meetings are scheduled to receive written and verbal comments. A listing of the public scoping meetings may be found here.

Independent from the CEQA process, DWR also intends to seek a court ruling this spring to affirm its authority to issue revenue bonds for a future conveyance facility.

As part of the state’s continued commitment to public engagement, the Natural Resources Agency has launched a new Secretary’s Delta Roundtable to provide a forum for direct conversation with Delta leaders on conveyance as well as major issues facing the Delta including but not limited to levees, flood protection, water quality, farmland preservation and aquatic invasive species.

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Re: DWR released a Notice of Preparation to modernize Delta infrastructure

Postby hydro » Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:10 am

"California’s main system of water conveyance, which moves a large portion of the state’s surface water supply, continues to be under threat from flood, subsidence, earthquake, and climate change. Our state-led water system that captures precipitation from the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers to provide drinking water to 27 million Californians faces major vulnerabilities as it travels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta."

"California's main system of water conveyance "as they now spin it had the original stated purpose of only taking excess water out of the Delta for conveyance south in wet years when ample water was available . This quote implies the state has always taken Sierra snowmelt directly to export which is patently false . The location of the inlet at Byron's Clifton court forebay was chosen for practicality reasons and lesson costs to get the water into the new canal system during construction . Now that the pumping is going full bore even in dry years to the detriment of the Delta ecosystem the state is forced to pump the salt water tainted delta water they create through over pumping allowing salt water intrusion . The proposed tunnel project only serves to skim the high quality Snow melt fed water off further upstream lessening the already compromised water quality of the California Delta . This is a complete scam at the expense of the fish and wildlife as well as the communities that depend on the Delta water for THEIR drinking water .

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Re: DWR released a Notice of Preparation to modernize Delta infrastructure

Postby MGJR » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:08 am

How many different iterations and times are tax payers going to pay for this nonsense. I agree our infrastructure is in need of help - but, this is not what we need to waste money on again.

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Re: DWR released a Notice of Preparation to modernize Delta infrastructure

Postby mark poulson » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:42 am

MGJR wrote:How many different iterations and times are tax payers going to pay for this nonsense. I agree our infrastructure is in need of help - but, this is not what we need to waste money on again.

And how much did Stuart Resnick pay Gavin Newsom to get him into bed with Trump?
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Re: DWR released a Notice of Preparation to modernize Delta infrastructure

Postby WRB » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:17 pm

Trump controls the Feds $ Browm-Feinstien-Newsom created the Tunnel projects and give Trump the middle finger every chance they get then beg for funding. CA growers have been buying politicians for over a century the names just change.
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Re: DWR released a Notice of Preparation to modernize Delta infrastructure

Postby mark poulson » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:04 pm

WRB wrote:Trump controls the Feds $ Browm-Feinstien-Newsom created the Tunnel projects and give Trump the middle finger every chance they get then beg for funding. CA growers have been buying politicians for over a century the names just change.
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They're all out to take our water for their wealthy campaign contributors. :evil: :evil: :evil:
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