What: Public Hearing Regarding Appeals of the Consistency Certification for CA WaterFix: public comment period
When: Oct. 26th starting at 9 am
Where: Ramada Inn, West Sacramento, Conference Center
Pack a lunch; pack a book and some knitting; charge up your cell phone. And be ready to stand up for the Delta!
But first you have to do some prep work!
The California Department of Water Resources has filed with the Delta Stewardship Council a “consistency determination” for California Water Fix. This filing is how DWR will get approval from the Delta Stewardship Council that the Delta tunnels project is consistent with the Council’s Delta Plan. This process checks off a box to move forward with construction of the tunnels. It’s time to tell the DSC, the project needs to be stopped once and or all.
Of course we know that the Delta tunnels do not meet the standard of co-equal goals set by the Delta Reform Act of 2009. This is how the DSC is supposed to evaluate WaterFix. Here’s a reminder what that legislation says:
“‘Coequal goals’ means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place.” (CA Water Code §85054)
Please note the DSC, never posts in their materials the part of the Delta Reform Act that calls for reduced reliance on the Delta — something that cannot be achieved by building two 35-mile-long tunnels to divert 9000 cubic feet per second of the Sacramento River. But we can remind them of that criteria.
This is why your public comment is important! This may be one of the last events in which you can voice to the government your opposition to the Delta tunnels project.
Nine Appeals, including one on behalf of RTD and other coalition partners, of DWR’s consistency determination were filed with the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC.)
Public comments on why CA WaterFix, the tunnels, does not fit into the DSC’s Delta plan can be made on the morning of October 26th, starting at 9 am. Comments are to be no longer than 3 minutes. That’s about 300 prepared words without elaborate introductions or pleasantries.
News flash: Three DSC members have recused themselves from voting on the consistency determination. Two of the three recused because their spouses work for entities tied to CA WaterFix. The recused third for working on water sustainability projects in another part of the state. This leaves four Council members who can vote: Chair Randy Fiorini, Frank Damrell, Mike Gatto, and Skip Thomson. It is important that this smaller version of the Council hears from you!