Hi Folks,

 

I just wanted to give you a quick update on two things: 1) Voluntary Agreements; and 2) FERC licensing of Don Pedro and La Grange Dams.

 

1) Last Friday, the State Natural Resources Agency released an update on the Voluntary Agreements that are being developed by the State and water agencies (related to the Bay Delta Plan).  At this point, they are still quite vague and not very impressive.  IÕm attaching an analysis prepared by several environmental and fishing groups (many thanks to Barry Nelson from the Golden Gate Salmon Association and Chris Shutes from the CA Sportfishing Protection Alliance for taking the lead).

 

If you would like to view the StateÕs update, their documents are available at http://resources.ca.gov/voluntary-agreements/

 

2) A couple of weeks ago, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the relicensing of Don Pedro Dam and the licensing of La Grange Dam (both on the Tuolumne).  To sum it up, the document and recommendations are very disappointing.  WeÕll be sharing our analysis soon, but in the meantime, weÕre hoping you might put a couple of dates on your calendar.  There will be two public meetings in Modesto on Tuesday, March 26 (1:00 - 4:00pm and 7:00 - 9:00pm).  ItÕs very important for FERC to hear from our supporters, so if thereÕs any chance you might be able to attend, please let me know.  We can provide talking points and will host a webinar in advance.

 

Written comments on the DEIS are due by April 12.  If youÕve never submitted such comments, this would be a good learning experience.  ItÕs not that hard, and again, we can provide talking points.  WeÕve posted the DEIS at https://www.tuolumne.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FERC-DEIS.pdf   ItÕs a big document, but the executive summary is manageable.

 

3) Upcoming Events

 

Thursday, March 21 — Water Conservation Showcase in San Francisco — https://www.waterconservationshowcase.com

            Featuring the Bay Area Water Conservation & Reuse Awards — https://bawcra.org

 

Tuesday, March 26 — FERC public meetings in Modesto, 1-4pm and 7-9pm.  Located at the Double Tree Hotel, 1150 9th Street.

 

Saturday, April 13, 9am-1pm — "The Great Race for Saving Water" and Earth Day event in Palo Alto — https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/utl/residents/sustainablehome/great_race_and_earth_day_festival/default.asp

 

Wednesday, April 24, 7-8:30pm (Palo Alto) — "Planning for Rising Waters: Sea Level, Groundwater and Bay EdgeÓ — http://savepaloaltosgroundwater.org

 

We hope to see you soon.

 

-Peter

 

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Peter Drekmeier

Policy Director

Tuolumne River Trust

peter@tuolumne.org

(415) 882-7252