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A Year After the Water Bond

There are so many bureaucratic hurdles and conditions and a timeline that is endless that any real progress is only a dream.

Nov 05, 2015

We aren't really expecting to get any storage out of the passage of the California Water Bond a year ago.  There are so many bureaucratic hurdles and conditions and a timeline that is endless that any real progress is only a dream.  The process itself is a nightmare.

First of all, any project funded by bond money must provide at least 50% ecosystem benefits.  It would also have to provide measurable improvements to the Delta ecosystem or tributaries to the Delta.  The California Water Commission is still developing the regulations for the process and they won't be totally adopted until December 15, 2016.  That's also the first day any bond money can be spent, a condition that was placed in the ballot measure.  

So, this year they've been holding public meetings.  But even though this has been going on for the past year, at the end of this year, "the Commission will approve a version of the draft regulations to start the formal rulemaking process, which is just the start of the process."  So, guess we haven't really started the process yet.  When they do start the "formal rulemaking process, that could be all of 2016."

Once the rulemaking process is complete the regulations would be "reviewed and approved by the office of Administrative Law with the Commission adopting the regulations by December 15, 2016."

"Solicitation of projects is penciled for 2017."

"Once the pre-application period is over, the full application development period will start, which they are anticipating to be about six months."
 In 2018 will be the technical review, the independent peer review, and the Commissions decision time, so we've got a lot of process ahead of us, but we're gong to streamline it as much as possible."  

So, there you have it.   We've tried to streamline the bureaucratic-eze for you but if you want to try to wade through it yourself, be our guest.


Draft regulations for spending Prop 1’s $2.7 billion for water storage projects
 

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