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What Will Newsom Do?

Dec 09, 2018

Delta tunnels won’t get green light before Governor Brown leaves office.  What will Governor Newsom do?  “State officials pulled back on their effort Friday to secure a crucial green light for the Delta tunnels project, all but ensuring that the controversial plan to re-engineer the West Coast’s largest estuary will remain in limbo after Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office.  Facing a likely defeat, the Department of Water Resources withdrew its petition to the Delta Stewardship Council to have the project deemed in compliance with what’s known as the the Delta Plan, a set of policy goals, mandated by state law, that put protection and restoration of the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuary’s eco-system on an equal footing with more reliable water supplies. … ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Delta tunnels won’t get green light before Governor Brown leaves office.  What will Governor Newsom do?

Brown Administration withdraws key document necessary for approval of Delta tunnels:  “In a major setback for Delta Tunnels proponents, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today sent a letter to Randy Fiorini, chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, announcing  the withdrawal of the Department’s “certification of consistency” for the California WaterFix.  The “certification of consistency” with the Delta Plan is required under the Delta Reform Act of 2009. In their controversial document, DWR claimed that the Delta Tunnels would be “consistent” with the Delta Plan’s “co-equal goals” of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem, but nine appellant groups challenged this contention. ... ”  Read more from the Daily Kos here:  Brown Administration withdraws key document necessary for approval of Delta tunnels

State agency says Delta tunnels project needs more examination:  “California’s Department of Water Resources dealt a major blow to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnel project Friday, all but ensuring that the controversial effort to divert water from Northern California to the south will not be approved before Brown leaves office at the end of the year.  The state water agency found the project, which involves building two 35-mile tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, does not meet the requirements of the Delta Plan, a set of mandatory water policies that prioritize restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta estuary’s ecosystem. … ”  Read more from Courthouse News Service here:  State agency says Delta tunnels project needs more examination

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