Posted by: Jan | November 10, 2015

Next Steps for the California WaterFix


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There are an important set of meetings coming up that may be more open to citizen input than past meetings. We will be getting more information out and are looking at one or two bus trips up to Sacramento to support these meetings.

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) will be holding evidentiary hearings to review the petition to add the new diversion points for the California WaterFix project (i.e., for the Delta Tunnels). The State Water Board will also hold a pre-hearing conference on January 28, 2016 and January 29, 2016, if necessary.

The hearing itself will commence Thursday, April 7, 2016 and is planned in two parts:

  • Part I will focus on the potential effects of the Petition on agricultural, municipal and industrial users of water, and conditions that should be placed on any approval of the Petition to protect those users.
  • Part II will focus on the potential effects of the Petition on fish and wildlife and recreational uses and conditions that should be placed on any approval of the Petition to protect those uses, including consideration of appropriate Delta flow criteria for the California WaterFix Project. Part II of the hearing is not planned to commence until after the environmental and endangered species act compliance processes are completed.

The upcoming California WaterFix hearing dates are as follows:

  • Jan. 5, 2016 (Tuesday) 12:00 noon – Deadline for receipt of protests against Petition and Notices of Intent to Appear for Parts I and II of the hearing.
  • Jan. 28, 2016 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m. – Pre-hearing conference to discuss the scope of the hearing and procedural issues and continuing, if necessary, on Friday, January 29, 2016.
  • March 1, 2016 (Tuesday) 12:00 noon – Deadline for receipt and service of witnesses’ proposed testimony, witness qualifications, exhibits, lists of exhibits, and a statement of service for Part I of the hearing.
  • April 7, 2016 (Thursday) 9:00 a.m. – Part I of the hearing.
  • Date to be announced – Deadline for receipt and service of witnesses’ proposed testimony, witness qualifications, exhibits, lists of exhibits, and a statement of service for Part II of the hearing.
  • Dates to be announced – Part II of the hearing.

The hearing and pre-hearing conference will be held:
Joe Serna Jr. Cal EPA Building
1001 I Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814.

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