A NHA can be viewed as a problem-solver from an in-Delta perspective. It could allow the Delta to be maintained as a whole, filling in gaps that result from having many reclamation districts and other local authorities with responsibility for protecting and improving Delta levee systems. It would justify government funding for economic development, such as ag tourism and eco tourism, and for maintaining critical infrastructure. Feinstein’s NHA legislation was a response to counties’ requests for appropriations to help them keep track of all the ongoing planning processes in the delta. With the NHA as proposed by Feinstein, dollars will flow to the counties through the DPC. The catch is that the Department of the Interior will hold the purse [...]
The RTD campaign has three questions regarding a NHA:1. Will a NHA protect water quality and water quantity for fisheries and Delta farms?” Answer: No. A NHA will have no direct impact on water quality. That is why RTD sees the NHA designation as a secondary Delta issue.2. Will a NHA help or harm Delta communities? Answer: NHA funding may have a positive impact on local government funding for the five Delta counties. That's why they support it. 3. Will a NHA take away private property rights or add another level of bureaucracy that will harm the agricultural community and the recreation community in the Delta, thereby further reducing the taxable base in the five Delta counties? Answer: [...]
In-Delta interests fought successfully to have the conservancy references removed from Feinstein’s NHA legislation. Restore the Delta staff made it clear that we would not support the legislation if it had included references to the conservancy. Now we wonder, without the conservancy language, why is this bill still attractive to the Metropolitan Water District and the State Water Contractors? Without their political support, this bill will never become a law. But if a NHA designation provides the protections and assurances that are claimed for it, then it would make new conveyance much more difficult to complete. We’re skeptical of this NHA legislation if it’s backed by the water agencies in favor of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
We tried to get a meeting schedule for the California Water Commission by clicking on the link provided at the CWC website. Back came this response: “Your message wasn't delivered because of security policies. Microsoft Exchange will not try to redeliver this message for you. Please provide the following diagnostic text to your system administrator.” Lots of programming text followed. We thought that was kind of cumbersome, so we repeated our request using “Comments or Suggestions” at the bottom of the CWC webpage. That was two days ago. Hello, CWC staff. If you don’t have a schedule yet, just let us know. And you might want to do something about that message that makes a simple request for information sound [...]
In her latest post on California Spigot, journalist/anthropologist/blogger Patricia McBroom tells the story of how Delta residents saved a levee hit by a freighter last August. They did it swiftly, efficiently, and at a fraction of what it would have cost for the state to do it. These are some of the people that BDCP can’t be bothered to consult. http://www.californiaspigot.blogspot.com/