Opponents of the Delta Tunnels Project, aka California WaterFix, should plan to spend time in Sacramento next week.
The California Department of Water Resources has filed for a certification of consistency with the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC). DSC will hold hearings and listen to public comment in an effort to determine if WaterFix is consistent with the Delta Plan.
The Delta Plan requires that the Delta be managed for the co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. These goals are to 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.
For WaterFix to break ground, the DSC must certify that the project is consistent with the Delta Plan. If DSC determines that the project is inconsistent with the plan, the project in its current form would come to a halt. In August, nine appellant groups representing more than 20 different agencies submitted appeals asserting that WaterFix is inconsistent with the Delta Plan, and these groups will present testimony during the hearings. A public-comment period will follow.
The hearings will take place at the Ramada Inn West Sacramento Conference Center, 1250 Halyard Drive, in West Sacramento. Testimony will begin Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m. Hearings are planned for 9 a.m., Thursday and Friday, if necessary.