Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) welcomed the news that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has taken a significant step forward to make the state's water system more resilient to climate change and natural disasters while protecting and enhancing the environment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
DWR released the Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for the Delta Conveyance Project – a critical climate adaptation strategy to modernize existing State Water Project (SWP) infrastructure in the Delta. The proposed Bethany Alignment will help the State Water Project safely capture, move and store water amidst the rapid swings between wet and dry conditions that have become our new normal as the state’s climate changes. Following intense evaluation by scientists and engineers over several years, it is clear that this project is necessary to provide increased water security for the 27 million people and 750,000 acres of farmland depending on it.
“We applaud the release of the Delta Conveyance Project's Final EIR, which represents a significant milestone in modernizing our water infrastructure," said Robert Cheng, Coachella Valley Water District Assistant General Manager and State Water Contractors Board President. "Water delivered through the State Water Project has been instrumental to the state’s economic growth since the 1960s when the initial State Water contracts were signed, which helped propel California to fifth place in the global economy. However, dramatic swings in climate patterns have shown significant investments are needed to modernize the infrastructure to cope with the challenges of 21st-century water management.”
The Coachella Valley is keenly aware of the importance of capturing water when possible since it is located in an area that only receives about four inches of annual precipitation. CVWD supports the DCP Project but also recognizes the significant role that long-term conservation plays in our water management strategy. CVWD has invested $19.8 million in conservation programs since 2020. In addition, CVWD customers have converted 25 million square feet of grass into water-saving landscaping since 2009.
CVWD relies on the State Water Project to provide the water needed for our region to support our communities and the local economy. CVWD uses water exchanged with our State Project Water to replenish the local groundwater basin for current and future customers. Investing in the DCP is essential to securing stable water supplies amidst uncertain weather patterns.
CVWD looks forward to the certification of the FEIR to help secure California's water future.
Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional stormwater protection, groundwater management, and water conservation. It serves approximately 113,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, primarily in Riverside County and portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.
Media Contact: Lorraine Garcia, Lorraine.Garcia@cvwd.org, (760) 398-2661, ext. 2549, or (760) 695-4007.