DWR Releases State Auditor’s Report on California WaterFix by Emily Allshouse Oct 5, 2017 Water News The California Department of Water Resources today released the California State Auditor’s report on California WaterFix. The report concludes that the costs and timeline of the projects planning phase increased significantly due to the scale and unexpected complexity of the project and asserts that DWR has not ensured that it is prepared for the transition of WaterFix, has not completed either an economic or a financial analysis to demonstrate the financial viability of the project, and improperly replaced the program manager for the conservation and conveyance program. Along with the audit report, DWR also released its formal response to the report. In the letter, DWR specifically notes that: The report confirms that General Fund money was not used for the planning and design for WaterFix DWR has worked diligently to address concerns as they emerged and has made significant changes to the project in direct response to input from the public and regulatory agencies. DWR disagrees with the conclusion that the agency did not follow state law in selected a new project manager. DWR has already taken action based on the auditor’s feedback and will take their recommendations under advisement as it moves forward with WaterFix. The complete report by the State Auditor is available here.