Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tunnel hearings

Delta plan won't harm northern water users, state says

California WaterFix, as the project is formally known, has met with opposition from Delta landowners. DWR

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Sacramento Bee

With months of contentious hearings ahead this summer, state and federal officials this week filed documents laying out their case that construction of two huge tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would not harm north state water users. In late July, the State Water Resources Control Board will begin a series of hearings to determine whether work can begin on the $15.5 billion tunnels project championed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Another lawsuit tries to block Delta islands sale

Sacramento Bee

Another legal challenge has been filed seeking to block the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's $175 million purchase of five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This time, San Joaquin County and a group of Delta farmers allege that the pending sale represents a breach of contract.

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Designing groundwater sustainability agencies

Maven's Notebook & California Water Commission

Designing institutions for sustainable groundwater management is one of the most pressing challenges for SGMA implementation. Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Institute for Water Law and Policy and co-director of the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative, briefed the California Water Commission on a new report that focuses on designing effective groundwater sustainability agencies.

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