Contact: Marty Grimes
Office: (408) 630-2881
Mobile: (408) 202-4398
Date: July 25, 2012
Today’s announcement by Governor Brown and Secretary Salazar demonstrates the leadership and collaboration necessary to develop a comprehensive solution for California’s water and Delta ecosystem. The commitment to continue to work with water users, non-governmental organizations, environmental organizations and local government will benefit the Bay Area.
Though little known by many of the Bay Area communities, 2/3 of their water supply is dependent on the Delta. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the best hope to address the challenges of a deteriorating Delta ecosystem and avoiding water shortages from a failure of the water conveyance system. As part of the solution, Santa Clara Valley Water District and other water contractors are committed to maximizing conservation and expanding locally controlled water sources such as recycling.
Today’s announcement is an important step that helps to achieve a cost-effective, comprehensive, long-term solution for the Delta that meets the water supply reliability and water quality needs for Santa Clara County while balancing other beneficial uses and providing a sustainable Delta ecosystem.
We are looking forward to the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement being issued for review this fall so that we can help to achieve the long-term Delta solution that will promote a resilient Delta ecosystem and water supply that is based on sound science.
Santa Clara Valley Water District, Zone 7 Water Agency and Alameda County Water District have published a brochure called “Restoring the Delta – Protecting our Future.”
The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 1.8 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses throughout Santa Clara County.