Thursday January 18, 2024

Daily Kos

On January 16, a Sacramento court ruled that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) lacks the authority to issue revenue bonds to finance the embattled Delta Tunnel, AKA Delta Conveyance Project.

Kenneth C. Mennemeier, Jr., Judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court, denied DWR’s request for an order “validating” bond resolutions that would have financed the project.

“Like its failed predecessors, the DCP would divert water from the Sacramento River near the Delta communities of Hood and Courtland out the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for export to portions of the Bay Area, South San Joaquin Valley and Southern California,” according to a press release on behalf of the counties of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Solano, Yolo, Butte and Plumas and related water agencies

These counties, Sacramento County and their related water agencies, among other litigants, challenged DWR’s authority to issue an unlimited amount of bonds to finance the DCP.

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