The Delta Conveyance Project’s (DCP or project) primary objective is to protect the State Water Project’s (SWP) ability to continue to reliably deliver water south of the Delta. CVWD is a member agency of the SWP contractors. Additional objectives include making the SWP more resilient to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events, minimize the impacts from earthquakes (delivery quantity and quality), and providing SWP operational flexibility to improve aquatic conditions and better manage risks of additional future regulatory constraints on project operations
In order to help improve the reliability of its imported water supply, CVWD agreed to participate with the State Department of Water Resources (DWR) development of the Delta Conveyance Project in 2020. CVWD proposes to continue funding to complete the last two years (CY 2023 and 2024) of the planning phase. Specifically, CVWD has additionally agreed to:
1) Approve funding request for Coachella Valley Water District’s (CVWD) share of preliminary design, environmental planning, and pre-construction costs for the Delta Conveyance Project (Conveyance Project) for calendar years (CY) 2023 and 2024, in an amount not to exceed $7,365,119 and,
2) Approve Amendment to the Class 8 Member Agencies Election Procedures for Delta Conveyance Authority Board of Directors
In November of 2020, CVWD established previous commitments to support the planning phase of the Delta Conveyance Project, these prior commitments include.
1. A participation level of 3.78% share associated with the Delta Conveyance Project;
2. Authorize the General Manager to execute the Agreement for the Advance or Contribution of Money to the California Department of Water Resources for Preliminary Planning and Design Costs Related to a Potential Delta Conveyance Project (funding agreement);
3. Authorize funding for CVWD’s share of the environmental planning and preliminary design, and pre-constructions costs for 2021 and 2022, not to exceed $4,261,248;
4. Authorized the remaining unspent funds collected per the 2018 Gap Funding Agreement for the California WaterFix (WaterFix Project) (~$1,239,092) to be applied as a credit for CVWD’s share of to the Delta Conveyance Project
5. Authorize the General Manager to execute amendments to the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) Joint Powers Agreement; and
6. Authorize the General Manager to enter into the Memorandum of Understanding for Class 8 Member Agencies Election Procedures for the DCA Board of Directors.