bay delta conservation plan/California water fix
California Water Fix, formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, is a $15 billion plan proposed by Governor Jerry Brown and the CA Department of Water Resources.
On August 26, 2015, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) submitted a joint petition for change in water right permit conditions (Petition) to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project to add points of diversion of water on the Sacramento River associated with the California WaterFix Project (California WaterFix). On September 24, 2015, DWR submitted an application for water quality certification under section 401 of the Clean Water Act (401 Application) to the State Water Board for the California WaterFix. On October 30, 2015, the State Water Board issued a combined public notice for the Petition and an evidentiary hearing on the Petition and a separate public notice for the 401 Application. The Notice of Public Hearing was subsequently revised to accommodate changes in the hearing schedule. In light of the fact that a hearing on the petition is now underway, the prohibition against ex parte (i.e., "off-the-record") communications to the State Water Board Members concerning substantive and controversial procedural issues related to the Petition is in effect.
delta stewardship council
The Council was created to advance the state’s coequal goals for the Delta – a more reliable statewide water supply and a healthy and protected ecosystem, both achieved in a manner that protects the unique characteristics of the Delta.
The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. “’Coequal goals’ means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place.” (CA Water Code §85054)
The Office of the Delta Watermaster is an independent officer of the State, appointed to a four-year term by the State Water Resources Control Board, reporting jointly to the Water Board and to the Delta Stewardship Council.
The Office of the Delta Watermaster was created as part of the Delta Reform Act of 2009. The Watermaster is an independent officer of the State, appointed to a four-year term by the State Water Resources Control Board, reporting jointly to the Water Board and to the Delta Stewardship Council. The Watermaster is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administration of water rights, and, when necessary, for taking enforcement action, related to water diversions within the Delta. The Watermaster also confers with and assists both the Water Board and the Stewardship Council as they carry out their respective legislative mandates to achieve the dual objectives of enhancing the Delta ecosystem and improving water supply reliability within the constraints of the water rights system and of the Delta as an evolving place.