Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Water panel seeks more comment on Prop. 1 process

From a news release:
The California Water Commission, responsible for allocating $2.7 billion in voter-approved bond funds for new water storage projects, seeks public comment on an update of its draft regulations and additional documents related to the Water Storage Investment Program.

A new public comment period opened on November 22, 2016 and will extend until 5 p.m. on December 7, 2016.

Voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 1 in November 2014. The $7.5 billion water bond includes $2.7 billion to pay for the public benefits of additional storage projects. The draft regulations now available for public comment generally describe what is required of project applicants and how the Water Commission will quantify and compare the public benefits of proposed projects. Proposition 1 defines public benefits as ecosystem improvements, water quality improvements, flood control benefits, emergency response, and recreational purposes.

The text of the revised draft regulation, related documents, and information about the public comment period can be found on the Commission’s website at: https://cwc.ca.gov/Pages/QuantificationRulemaking.aspx

The nine-member California Water Commission is charged with advising the director of the California Department of Water Resources, approving rules and regulations, and furthering development of state policies that support integrated and sustainable water resources management.

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