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Overview of Bay-Delta Issues - May 23, 2013
 

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    Overview of Bay-Delta Issues - May 23, 2013 Overview of Bay-Delta Issues - May 23, 2013 Presentation Transcript

    • Imported Water Committee May 23, 2013 Dennis Cushman, Assistant General Manager 1
    • LAKE SHASTA LAKE OROVILLE State Water Project (Bay-Delta) 22% Colorado River 63% Local Supplies and Conservation 15% 2
    •  Listings of salmon, smelt, and other species under ESA have led to restrictions on water exports  Loss of 586,000 acre-feet of SWP and CVP supply in an average water year 3 Delta smelt Longfin smelt Green sturgeon Chinook salmon Central Valley steelhead Harvey O. Banks Pumping Plant
    •  Water Authority and San Diego business community support a Bay-Delta fix ◦ Water Authority and San Diego business leaders worked together to pass 2009 legislation that established coequal goals:  Water Supply Reliability  Ecosystem Restoration  2014 water bond would provide public share of cost of ecosystem restoration  Water Authority has not endorsed a specific conveyance project ◦ Information still needed to do cost-benefit analysis ◦ Unanswered question: what do we get for the investment? 4
    •  Commented on various drafts of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan ◦ Staff testified at the DSC’s EIR public hearing (January 2012 in San Diego)  Participated in BDCP Governance and Financing Workgroups  Participated in ACWA Ag-Urban Caucus, which submitted an Alternate Plan to DSC’s 4th draft (June 2011) 5
    • 6 Thursday, September 22, 2011 Agricultural water district stakeholder - Westlands Jason Peltier, Chief Deputy General Manager Environmental stakeholder – Environmental Defense Fund Cynthia Koehler, California Water Legislative Director In-Delta region - Contra Costa County Mary N. Piepho, County Supervisor North Delta Water Agency Melinda Terry, Manager
    • 7 Thursday, November 10, 2011 Metropolitan Water District Roger Patterson, Assistant General Manager State and Federal Water Contractors Authority Byron Buck, Executive Director Delta Stewardship Council Phil Isenberg, Chair State Water Resources Control Board Tom Howard, Executive Director Delta Protection Commission Mike Machado, Executive Director
    •  The Board unanimously adopted Bay Delta policy principles in February 2012 and reiterated the principles in adopting the Legislative Policy Guidelines in November 2012 8
    •  Encourage a Bay Delta solution that promotes local water supply development  Encourage a Bay Delta solution that is cost- effective when compared to other sources of water reliability  Require independent technical analysis of key elements of the Bay Delta solution, including real urban and agricultural demands for water  Support “right-sized” facilities to match firm commitments to pay  Continue to support the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration 9
    •  Support a deliberative process that is designed to ensure a meaningful dialog among the various stakeholders  Improve the ability of water users to divert more water in wet years, when impacts on the ecosystem are less  Encourage the development of a statewide water transfer market  Work with all stakeholders to ensure a meaningful dialog and that water supply and ecosystem restoration processes are conducted in an open and transparent manner 10
    •  Natural Resources Defense Council contacted a variety of water agencies to seek support for an alternative solution for the Bay Delta ◦ A conceptual alternative to the current proposed project for the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan called the “Portfolio Approach”  Water Authority was a signatory, along with a group of water agencies, on a Jan. 16, 2013 letter asking that the NRDC alternative be evaluated in the BDCP ◦ Presentation on Portfolio Alternative at the Board’s Jan. 24, 2013 meeting 11
    • 12 Thursday, March 28, 2013 Department of Water Resources Paul Helliker, Deputy Director Natural Resources Defense Council Barry Nelson, Senior Policy Analyst California Farm Water Coalition Mike Wade, Executive Director Alameda County Water District Walt Wadlow, General Manager Thursday, May 23, 2013 California Natural Resources Agency Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary
    •  Review of Administrative Draft of BDCP and Environmental Documents ◦ Operations, flow criteria, supply benefits, demand assumptions ◦ Cost impact analysis  Public Draft expected in October 2013  Additional board workshop/discussions on BDCP and alternatives later this year 13
    • 14
    •  Encourage a Bay Delta solution that promotes local water supply development ◦ Portfolio Approach calls for local supply development as part of a comprehensive Bay Delta solution  Encourage a Bay Delta solution that is cost-effective when compared to other sources of water reliability ◦ Portfolio Approach recognizes that financial resources are not unlimited and outlines a solution that may be more cost-effective  Require independent technical analysis of key elements of the Bay Delta solution, including urban and agricultural real demands ◦ BDCP has not addressed real demands to date, as the Water Authority has consistently urged 15
    •  Support “right-sized” facilities to match firm commitments to pay ◦ Analysis of the Portfolio Approach could lead to a better understanding of the right size for the Bay Delta solution  Continue to support the co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration ◦ Portfolio Approach is intended to be balanced approach to achieving both the co-equal goals  Support a deliberative process that is designed to ensure a meaningful dialog among the various stakeholders ◦ Signers of the January 16 letter, representing 22 percent of the state’s population, are encouraging a wider dialog 16
    •  Improve the ability of water users to divert more water in wet years, when impacts on the ecosystem are less ◦ Emphasis on south of Delta storage allows the diversion and storage of more water in wet years  Encourage the development of a statewide water transfer market ◦ Portfolio Approach calls for greater coordination among water agencies to make more effective use of existing facilities, including MWD’s, for moving water to where it is needed  Work with all stakeholders to ensure a meaningful dialog and that water supply and ecosystem restoration processes are conducted in an open and transparent manner ◦ The Water Authority has maintained an open dialog with a diverse array of stakeholders in the Bay Delta solution 17