Delta Conveyance

Where we are now

In April 2019, Governor Newsom directed State Agencies to prepare a Water Resilience Portfolio for California that will address all of California’s water needs, including modernized Delta conveyance.

About the Water Resilience Portfolio

In May 2019, the State withdrew WaterFix approvals, and initiated planning and permitting for a smaller single tunnel. Read the News Release.

In June 2019, the State launched a new Delta Conveyance environmental review and planning process. Read about Delta Conveyance Next Steps.

Background

In 2006, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) was proposed, with the stated intent of reducing the impacts of exporting water from the Delta. CCWD provided constructive input throughout the development of the BDCP and evaluated how proposed projects may impact local facilities and operations.

The BDCP evolved over the years into the California WaterFix (CWF), or the “twin tunnels.” This proposed project by state officials would have constructed additional intake and conveyance facilities to transport water from the Delta to other parts of the state.

From the beginning, CCWD communicated concerns to the State about potential impacts to water quality and potential impacts of CWF construction on CCWD’s facilities in various public settings. Other CCWD concerns focused on federal financing and contract supply allocation, as CCWD is a Central Valley Project (CVP) contractor, were communicated to federal agencies. 

See more about CCWD's Settlement Agreement below and review CCWD's engagement timeline throughout BDCP/CWF development.

CCWD’s Settlement Agreement

The State listened to CCWD’s concerns, and in early 2016 CCWD was able to reach a settlement agreement with the State that protects drinking water quality for CCWD customers should a Delta conveyance project be implemented in the future. The settlement agreement was negotiated when the CWF was the proposed Delta conveyance project, but it applies regardless of the conveyance project’s name and whether or not the size of the project is reduced.

This settlement will result in the construction and maintenance of new facilities that will offset any potential impacts the CWF could have and is paid for by the state, not CCWD customers. We take our role of serving our customers seriously, and we view this settlement as an insurance policy to prevent future impacts for our customers, should the conveyance be built. 

This legally binding settlement agreement will not result in customer rate increases or redirect any potential impacts. The CCWD Board of Directors is not a proponent of a current proposed Delta conveyance project, and this agreement does not make a new Delta conveyance project more likely to be built. CCWD will remain active on outstanding issues related to federal financing and contract allocations. To learn more about this settlement and how it will protect those CCWD serves, please view CCWD’s 2016 statement on the settlement agreement as well as other relevant documents to the right.