Will Gavin Newsom change the state’s water course? Fish and farmers will soon find out – LA Times 1/4/19
“Newsom has previously said he favors a scaled-down tunnel project. Whether he reappoints state water board chair Felicia Marcus will signal whether he wants the board to stand firm or back down on the flow requirements. His picks for top posts in the Natural Resources Agency will determine whether his administration goes along with a potential weakening of delta protections by the Trump administration — or fights it.”
Newsom inherits a ‘whole bunch of headaches’ despite last-minute water deals by Brown – SacBee 1/9/19
“And, as environmental groups went through the details of the settlements, they were troubled by what they saw: Many of the habitat projects have been on the drawing board for years and would likely get completed anyway, they said. Some are already underway.
For instance, almost all of the habitat projects proposed for the Tuolumne had already been promised by regional water districts to secure a new federal license for New Don Pedro Dam.”
The CVP “No Harm” deal for the Delta Tunnels does a lot of harm to MWD’s business case for their $12+ billion investment – Valley Economy 1/7/19
“The bottom line is that these new agreements appear to substantially reduce promised water supply benefits to MWD ratepayers while increasing their share of the costs. In order for the MWD board to fulfill their fiduciary duty to their ratepayers, they need to fully review the effects of these significant new agreements on the WaterFix return on investment and potentially reconsider their previous funding commitments.”