Water Authority Responds to Release of New Bay-Delta Documents

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Response to Release of New Bay-Delta Documents
Agency will review California WaterFix proposal as part of long-running effort to promote solutions
July 09, 2015

“The future of the Bay-Delta is important to all Californians, as is the strategy that the state adopts to address the Bay-Delta’s many costly and complex environmental and water supply challenges. The Water Authority will review the new set of California WaterFix documents and likely provide formal comments in keeping with our longstanding efforts to promote viable and cost-effective solutions in the Bay-Delta.

“The Water Authority is committed to a Bay-Delta fix and the co-equal goals of improved water reliability and ecosystem restoration. Over the past four years, the Water Authority has conducted one of the most exhaustive Bay Delta Conservation Plan reviews of any water agency in the state, with nearly three dozen public meetings on the topic. Without endorsing any specific project or proposal during this process, our Board of Directors heard from an array of Bay-Delta stakeholders and experts, including Delta community leaders and elected officials, farming interests, state agencies, independent economists, environmental groups and others. In addition, the Water Authority has invited officials with the California Natural Resources Agency to discuss their latest proposal with our Board in coming months.

“As the largest customer of the largest State Water Contractor, the Water Authority has a great deal at stake in the Bay-Delta. Of critical concern are issues such as who is going to pay for upgrades and how much water will be produced, in line with the Bay-Delta Policy Principles set by the Water Authority Board and the water supply reliability and diversification goals in the Water Authority’s 2010 Urban Water Management Plan.”

-- Maureen Stapleton, general manager
San Diego County Water Authority

Note: For letters, presentations and other resources related to the Bay-Delta, go to www.sdcwa.org/bdcp.