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September 5, 2013    
In This Issue
Board Chair Remarks on Bay-Delta
BDCP Public Meetings
Court Date Set for Public Records Lawsuit
Enhanced Website Launched
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Board Chair Stresses Need for
Reliable, Affordable Bay-Delta Fix

In a commentary that ran Sunday, September 1 in the U-T San Diego, Board Chair Thomas V. Wornham emphasized the need for a feasible, reliable and affordable Bay-Delta fix. The Bay-Delta provides approximately 20 percent of the San Diego's region's water supply. Click here to read the commentary. 
The U-T also published two other articles that included excerpts from interviews the U-T editorial board had with proponents and opponents of the state's current preferred alternative: 

Twin tunnels ensure reliability of water supply

Bay Delta Conservation Plan would hurt delta, farm economy

The Water Authority Board is in the midst of a thorough review process of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and several proposed alternatives for a Bay-Delta solution. Discussions are taking place at scheduled Board meetings through November. All meetings are open to the public and can be heard live on sdcwa.org.
Learn More About the Bay Delta Conservation Plan
Members of the public will have two opportunities next Thursday to learn more about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its potential costs and economic impact to the state and to the San Diego region. They are:
Bay Delta
Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta
Special Water Authority Board Meeting
Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m.
4677 Overland Ave.
San Diego 92123
Listen live: sdcwa.org
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Event
Sept. 12, 4-5:30 p.m.
Ashford University
8620 Spectrum Center Blvd. 
San Diego 92123
RSVP here (event is free and open to the public)

Court Sets March Trial Date for
Public Records Lawsuit

scales of justice A Superior Court judge has set March 5, 2014, as the trial date for the Water Authority's lawsuit seeking records about a covert public relations campaign in San Diego County run by the Eastern Municipal Water District on behalf of the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member agencies.


The Water Authority filed its lawsuit under the California Public Records Act in January after Eastern, based in Riverside County, blacked out portions of documents it released and refused to produce all relevant records. The California Constitution and state law require public agencies to promptly provide complete copies of documents, emails and other records relating to the conduct of the public's business. 


To read more, click here.

Enhancements  to sdcwa.org  

Make it Easier to Use 



In response to feedback from visitors and to reflect evolving online trends, the Water Authority has enhanced its main website, sdcwa.org.    


Here is a summary of the enhancements:
  • Design: The design of the home page and sub-pages has been simplified to make the site more readable, make key content areas more prominent and improve overall ease of use.
  • Features: The enhanced site allows users to easily check the latest posts to our Twitter feed, or watch our latest videos about important water issues and programs.  The home page also features a dedicated section for links to documents that are open for public review and comment.
  • Navigation: The website's sitemap and navigational tools have been adjusted to make them more intuitive and to reduce the number of "clicks" needed to find popular subjects.
  • Search Function: New searching and organizing options have been added to the "search" function to allow users to find information more easily.
  • Water Conservation Information: The site now provides a prominent link on every page to watersmartsd.org, the Water Authority's online portal for water conservation information. Launched in June, watersmartsd.org features information about programs, incentives, tips and resources for all types of water users, including residential, homeowner associations, business, agricultural and public sector.

Please visit the improved website and let us know if you have any suggestions or comments at sdcwa@sdcwa.org.  

The San Diego County Water Authority works through its 24 member agencies to provide a safe and reliable water supply to support the region's $188 billion economy and quality of life of 3.1 million residents.