Delta Policy Principles - Feb. 23, 2012


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Delta Policy Principles - Feb. 23, 2012

  1. 1. Imported Water Committee February 23, 20121
  2. 2. 2011(estimated)1991 552 TAF (95%) 285 TAF (47%) 231 TAF (30%) Total = 578 TAF Total = 779 TAF 2020 Total = 611 TAF Metropolitan Water District Imperial Irrigation District Transfer ; All American & Coachella Canal lining; Recycling; Seawater desalination; Groundwater, Local surface water, and Conservation 2
  3. 3.  Strong proponent and leading voice advocating for a Delta fix  Key player in passage of 2009 Comprehensive Delta policy legislation ◦ Co-equal goals of water reliability and environmental restoration  Successful implementation rests on viable financing plan and firm financial commitment to pay  2012 Legislative Policy Guidelines  Draft Delta Policy Principles reviewed last month ◦ Five focus areas 3
  4. 4.  Continued support of co-equal goals  Support process that ensure meaningful dialog with all stakeholders to reduce future conflicts and challenges  Provide regulatory certainty and predictable supplies  Encourage a solution that integrates and supports local resources development  Improve ability to divert water from Delta during wet periods  Encourage the development of a statewide water transfer market  Provide improved coordination between SWP and CVP 4
  5. 5.  Restore the Bay-Delta ecosystem so species listed under Federal or State Endangered Species Act are no longer threatened or endangered  Work with all stakeholders to ensure ecosystem restoration issues are addressed in open and transparent process 5
  6. 6.  Encourage projects and actions that are cost-effective  Require total cost of Delta solution be identified before financing and funding decisions are made  Seek and support financial analyses of Delta solution including ability to pay  Allocate costs proportionally to benefits received  Require firm financial commitment (take-or-pay, or legal equivalent) by water contractors and their member agencies to pay for fixed costs  Condition financial support on contracted access to facilities  Use public funds to support actions that protect and restore environment and provide broad-based public benefits  Oppose water user fees to fund non-water supply improvements in Delta that benefit the public 6
  7. 7.  Require independent technical analysis of key elements to ensure solution realistically matches statewide needs ◦ Demand forecast ◦ Size and cost of conveyance facility  Support “right-sizing” of facilities to match firm financial commitments to pay for the solution  Allow access to all SWP facilities to facilitate transfers 7
  8. 8.  Support continued state ownership and operation of SWP as public resource  Support improved efficiency and transparency of all SWP operations  Oppose transfer of operational control of SWP or any of its facilities to any special interest groups to ensure SWP continues to be a public resource 8
  9. 9.  Adopt Delta Policy Principles as presented in February 15, 2012 board letter 9