Nov 08, 2018
From the State Water Resources Control Board:
After considering a request received yesterday from Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the State Water Resources Control Board today voted to postpone further consideration of d flow requirements for the Lower San Joaquin River until Dec. 11 in order to allow voluntary agreement talks to yield results.
The short continuance follows testimony today by the Department of Water Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and water districts about progress made on settlement discussions. In their Nov. 6 letter, Governor Brown and Lieutenant Governor Newsom pledged to “actively and meaningfully engage to bring this vital matter to a successful closure.”
The Board has repeatedly emphasized that voluntary agreements can provide a faster, more durable solution to reasonably protect beneficial uses in the Lower San Joaquin River and its tributaries, while also recognizing the necessity of taking timely action.
The State Water Board’s primary role and authority under state law is to balance competing beneficial uses of water including agriculture, municipal use, recreation, fish and wildlife and more.
Board agrees to Newsom-Brown request to delay decision on water plan: “The State Water Resources Control Board honored a request by Gov. Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom for 34 days to work out voluntary settlements with irrigation districts in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, which are under pressure to divert less water so salmon populations can rebound in rivers. Wednesday, the state board voted 3-0 to postpone approval of a water quality control for the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta that’s fiercely opposed by water districts, agricultural interests and communities that rely on water from the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers. … ” Read more from the Modesto Bee here: Board agrees to Newsom-Brown request to delay decision on water plan
Brown, Newsom wade in to delay plan to withhold water from cities, farms: From the San Francisco Chronicle: “A river restoration plan that would restrict the water supplies of California cities and farms, including San Francisco, was put on hold Wednesday after Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom joined Gov. Jerry Brown in requesting more time for negotiations over the controversial initiative. The State Water Resources Control Board was scheduled to vote Wednesday on a years-long proposal to boost flows in the San Joaquin River and its tributaries, part of an effort to restore California’s declining salmon population and revive the languishing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. … “ Read more here: Brown, Newsom wade in to delay plan to withhold water from cities, farms
Brown, Newsom win brief truce in brewing California water war: “Yielding to the governor’s office, California regulators on Wednesday agreed to postpone a restoration proposal that would reduce water for cities and farmers during droughts in hopes of spurring last-minute negotiations among the plan’s critics. The State Water Resources Control Board spent more than three hours of discussion before agreeing to Gov. Jerry Brown and incoming Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “historic” request for an emergency 30-day bargaining period. The Democratic duo say the extension could allow the state, water districts, farmers and environmentalists to finally reach a new agreement on minimum flow standards for the San Joaquin River and its main tributaries after nearly a decade of debate. … ” Read more from Courthouse News Service here: Brown, Newsom win brief truce in brewing California water war
Decision on Bay-Delta Plan Postponed After Brown, Newsom Letter Urges Continuance: “The State Water Resources Control Board today decided to postpone until Dec. 11 a vote on proposed amendments to the Bay-Delta Plan for the Lower San Joaquin River and Southern Delta following a request in writing late Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov. Elect Gavin Newsom. Brown and Elect Newsom urged State Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus to grant a short extension to allow progress on negotiations toward voluntary agreements. … ” Read more from ACWA’s Water News here: Decision on Bay-Delta Plan Postponed After Brown, Newsom Letter Urges Continuance