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Department of Water Resources finds California WaterFix Project consistent with the Delta Plan

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on July 27, 2018 filed a certification of consistency with the Delta Plan for its California WaterFix project.

 

According to DWR, the fundamental purpose of California WaterFix is to make physical and operational improvements to the State Water Project (SWP) system in the Delta necessary to restore and protect ecosystem health, water supplies of the SWP and Central Valley Project (CVP) south of the Delta, and water quality within a stable regulatory framework, consistent with statutory and contractual obligations.

 

The filing on July 27th opened a 31-day period for public review. Find out more about the project by clicking here.

 

What is the Council's Covered Action Process?

The Delta Reform Act of 2009 (Act) established a certification process for demonstrating consistency with the Delta Plan. This means that a state or local agency proposing to undertake a qualifying action (covered action) must submit to the Council a written certification of consistency with detailed findings as to whether the covered action is consistent with the Delta Plan.

 

Any person may appeal a certification of consistency to the Council within 30 days after it is filed, unless that date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday. In that case, the deadline is extended to the next business day.

 

  • Learn more about the Council's covered Action process here and by following the Covered Action links on the right side of that page.

 

  • If you think you might be interested in filing an appeal, please review the Council’s Administrative Procedures Governing Appeals carefully. You may view the Administrative Procedures here.

 

  • Read the Council's Delta Plan by clicking here.

 

A guide to the California WaterFix certification

According to DWR, the fundamental purpose of California WaterFix is to make physical and operational improvements to the State Water Project (SWP) system in the Delta necessary to restore and protect ecosystem health, water supplies of the SWP and Central Valley Project (CVP) south of the Delta, and water quality within a stable regulatory framework, consistent with statutory and contractual obligations.

 

You’ll find the certification, along with supporting documents, public notices, party submittals, and public comments on this webpage, which is continuously updated. Click the button to download the certification, which is a summary of the project and description of how DWR believes it is consistent with the Council’s Delta Plan.

 

We recognize that the number of supporting documents filed by DWR is large – 24, 949. Among those documents is an index provided by DWR. We made a pdf of the DWR spreadsheet and you’ll find it here.

 

Find out more about the California WaterFix itself by clicking here for the project website.

 

 

Ex Parte Communication

Please note that the Delta Stewardship Council has placed itself under ex parte communication restrictions regarding the California WaterFix certification of consistency. Councilmembers, Council staff and consultants will not communicate about the California WaterFix with any person outside of the Council. The one exception is communications regarding the administrative or procedural status of the project, which should be directed to: waterfixcert@deltacouncil.ca.gov. Please see the Council’s Ex Parte Notice for more details.

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'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)