The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta serves as the hub of California’s water system, which supplies drinking water to 25 million Californians, including most of Santa Clara County. Over the years, as the population of the state has grown, pressure on the Delta has grown, and today, it faces problems including fishery declines, seismic risk, sea level rise, and subsidence, or the sinking of land elevation.
The California WaterFix plan is the state’s proposed infrastructure improvement project intended to reduce risks to water supplies from levee failure and increasing salt water intrusion due to sea level rise, and to improve flow patterns in the south Delta to protect fish. How well the plan would do that and how it would affect Santa Clara County’s water supply reliability and rate payers is something the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District is considering carefully.
The Board will discuss aspects of the plan including design and construction management and governance, operations and adaptive management (a flexible, science-based approach to resource management and decision-making) at its regular public meeting on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. The Board will also receive an update on the status of the plan’s regulatory compliance. In a separate item on the agenda, the Board will discuss issues facing the water district’s imported water supplies. These problems facing the Delta and why they are important to Santa Clara County will be discussed.
The Board is seeking public input on the plan and is inviting the public to attend the meeting. It will take place in the boardroom at the District’s headquarters at 5700 Almaden Expressway. For more on the WaterFix, visit the water district’s website.
Future meetings to discuss the California WaterFix are scheduled for Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 10. These meetings are subject to change, so please check our website to confirm.