Zone 7 board to weigh supporting California WaterFix tonight

Vote would indicate support but wouldn't dedicate more funds yet

The Zone 7 Water Agency board will decide whether to give its sign of support for a $15 billion statewide water project at its meeting tonight.

The board, which regulates the organization that sells water to Tri-Valley cities including Pleasanton, will vote whether to approve a resolution supporting the California WaterFix, a proposal to create large underground pipes to funnel water from the Sierras to participating agencies more reliably than the current infrastructure.

At a public meeting last month, some board members indicated support for the project, noting the inconsistent nature of the current State Water Project that provides 80% of Zone 7's water. Some board members emphasized the need for more community input before they give their stamp of approval.

"I think the public buy-in is going to be critical," said board member Angela Ramirez Holmes.

Any vote made by board members Wednesday night would be purely symbolic and would not dedicate local funds to the project, nor would it change the trajectory of the California WaterFix.

A separate vote would go before the board before it could dedicate more money to the project, which would be necessary if the agency is going to receive water in the future from this pipeline.

However, Zone 7 staff said last month that the agency has put about $2.4 million into the project as their share of the project's $240 million environmental documents and initial design.

Zone 7 Water Agency will meet for open session at 6:30 p.m. for closed session and at 7 p.m. for open session at 100 North Canyons Parkway in Livermore.

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 16, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Don't be fooled the fix is for the 40 foot wide twin tunnels to funnel the delta water to Southern California. Get ready for more water restrictions and bitter water. Why can't Zone 7 be transparent and call it what it is? Watch this one closely people!!

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Posted by Robin Hood
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Thank you to Director Jim McGrail and Director Angela Ramirez Holms for their leadership in the Board meeting on March 16, 2016. All the other directors had already made their minds up to support this project before hearing what the residents think. The behavior of the Zone 7 directors was pathetic for a public agency. This meeting was a sham, going through the motions but doing what the General Manger and a few "good old boys" directors wanted. The Alameda County Grand Jury determined that Zone 7 was not transparent to the public last year and recommended Zone 7 televise their meetings for public viewing. After viewing this meeting I am glad they decided to take the recommendation. It was shocking to see a meeting so poorly run. Director Stevens temper seems to have gotten the best of him. I can only imagine what occurred before the meetings were televised. Elections are right around the corner. Please watch the Channel 29 broadcast of the March 16, 2016 meeting to see for yourself how these directors conducted themselves.

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