The first day of the Water Board Hearings

Today, February 8, was the first day of the State Water Resources Control Board Hearings for the WaterFix (Delta Tunnels). Amid much controversy due to alleged ex-parte communications and due to the announcement yesterday of a one tunnel then the other tunnel later phased plan (which is a major change to the plan), both issues resulting many calls to delay the meetings, an abbreviated meeting was conducted.

From MavensNotebook report: “First, DWR Director Karla Nemeth began by reading a policy statement, essentially saying DWR is not altering it’s application and is still seeking approval for 3 intakes and 2 tunnels. Next, Doug Obegi from the NRDC and all others joining with NRDC’s motion to continue or stay the proceedings spoke in support of the motion, arguing that the phasing is a significant change in operations and that time is needed to evaluate the modeling data that was just submitted by DWR.”

“The hearing officers then retired to a back room to discuss next steps, returning 7 minutes later, asking DWR to submit the Department’s written response to the motion along with Ms. Nemeth’s policy statement by 5pm on Friday.”

NOTE: Protestants will have until Monday at 5pm to submit their response to the Department’s response.

All hearings through the end of next week were canceled.

See MavensNotebook for the report of today’s hearings.

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