Meeting of the California Water Commission - June 19, 2019
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Closed Session
The Commission may hold a closed session, as authorized by Government Code §11126(e), to confer with and receive advice from its legal counsel regarding potential litigation, and as authorized by Government Code §11126(a).
5. Executive Officer's Report
The Executive Officer will report on various matters addressed since the previous Commission meeting.
6. Commission Member Reports
This is an opportunity for members to disclose any meetings or conversations related to Commission business since the previous Commission meeting.
7. Public Testimony
Although no formal Commission action will be taken, the Commission offers an opportunity to the public to address the Commission on items of interest that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction, but that do not specifically appear on the agenda.
The 2016 Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act provides federal funding for water infrastructure. Section 4007, related to water storage, requires the Commission to determine that California storage projects seeking funding from the WIIN Act are consistent with Proposition 1, the California Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act, approved November 4, 2014. The Rancho California Water District will present information to the Commission about how its Vail Dam replacement project is consistent with Proposition 1. The Commission may determine the project is consistent with Proposition 1, or may take another action as the Commission determines, in its discretion.
The Commission will consider whether to document a process for determining the consistency with Proposition 1 for projects that seek federal funding under the 2016 WIIN Act.
Commission staff will present the final draft of the 2018 Annual Review of the Construction and Operation of the State Water Project.
A panel of representatives from water agencies will brief the Commission on how their organizations measure, track, and account for GHG emissions.
- PowerPoint Presentation: State Water Project Power Portfolio Management (Ghassan ALQaser, Department of Water Resources)
- PowerPoint Presentation: Greenhouse Gas Reporting (Brad Coffey, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California)
- PowerPoint Presentation: Sonoma Water's Actions in the Water-Energy Nexus (Dale Roberts, Sonoma Water)
- PowerPoint Presentation: EBMUD GHG Programs (Chris Dembiczak, East Bay Municipal Utility District)
This item provides public input into the development of the Governor’s strategy for building a climate-resilient water system and ensuring healthy waterways. A panel of water management experts will offer their perspectives on what a “climate-resilient water portfolio” for California could look like, models for resiliency, and what elements California should focus on to achieve that resiliency. The Commission will take public comment on these ideas and discuss how they align with the principles expressed in Executive Order N-10-19. The Commission may direct staff to organize a second listening session in August to pursue selected topics raised during the discussion.
- PowerPoint Presentation: Climate Change and the Water Resiliency Portfolio (Caitrin Chappelle, Public Policy Institute of California)
- Public Policy Institute of California Fact Sheets
- Written Remarks: Water Supply Benefits of Multi-benefit Flood Management Projects (John Cain, River Partners)
- PowerPoint Presentation: A Water Resilience Portfolio for California (Dr. Robert Wilkinson, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB)
- Correspondence Received Prior to the Meeting Regarding this Item (Union of Concerned Scientists and Sierra Club California)
- Handout Received During Public Comment (H2O Portfolio Recommendations Group)
- Statement Received by Email (Harvey Ross)
13. Consideration of Items for Next California Water Commission
*The Commission may break for lunch as needed.*
Written comments regarding specific items on this agenda will be provided to the Commissioners as part of their meeting packets if they are received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17. Staff will make every effort to provide comments received after this deadline electronically, but we cannot make any guarantees.