Final EIR issued for California’s Delta Conveyance Project

Delta Conveyance Project final Environmental Impact Report
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December 19, 2023 — The Department of Water Resources released the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Delta Conveyance ProjectOpens in a new tab. on December 8. The project is expected to be an essential piece of the state’s strategy to protect water access for millions of Californians. It was redesigned following public input and Governor Newsom’s pledge of converting the project to one tunnel to better support both environmental and water supply needs.

The Delta Conveyance ProjectOpens in a new tab. is a proposal to modernize water infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by making physical improvements to how the state captures and moves water during wet years for use in dry years with a tunnel system. The proposed Delta Conveyance Project is intended to restore the reliability of the State Water Project and ensure California’s largest supply of clean and affordable water for 27 million people and 750,000 acres of farmland is protected from earthquakes and climate-driven weather extremes.

By 2040, California is expected to lose 10% of its water supply due to hotter temperatures. The Department of Water Resources writesOpens in a new tab. that during January’s atmospheric rivers, the Delta Conveyance Project could have captured enough water for 2.3 million peoples’ yearly usage. Until this year, the state faced its three driest years on record. Extreme weather whiplash will result in more intense swings between droughts and floods. California’s 60-year-old State Water Project infrastructure is not built for these climate effects.


Image:  Delta Conveyance ProjectOpens in a new tab. Final Environmental Impact Report cover via California Department of Water Resources.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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