New Video Provides Update On Bay-Delta Plan Voluntary Agreement by Placer County Water Agency Jul 22, 2019 Member Submitted News Sacramento-area water managers (including Placer County Water Agency), environmental leaders and other members of the Water Forum are actively working with the State Water Resources Control Board and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to negotiate a voluntary agreement (VA) as part of the state’s Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update process. The Water Forum has released a video update and fact sheet on the VA process and their plan for the region’s Water Future as the proposed VA comes closer to reality. “The State Water Board has pledged to consider the VA as an alternative to the conventional regulatory approach,” said Water Forum Executive Director Tom Gohring. “There are still details to be ironed out, but our approach under the VA is expected to provide better conditions for fish in the lower American River in the near- and long-term.” You can view the video and fact sheet here: www.waterforum.org/delta-plan-update/ The video outlines the Water Forum’s plan for the Sacramento region’s water future as relying on three key features: Managing Folsom Reservoir that ensures enough cool water is stored for fish and as a drought buffer for residents and businesses. In particular, Water Forum stakeholders are asking state and federal agencies to adopt the Water Forum’s locally-sourced, long-studied flow standard. When modeled and compared to the state’s approach, the Water Forum’s flow standard produced significantly lower water temperatures during the crucial rearing season for steelhead, more spawning habitat for fall-run Chinook salmon, better overall habitat conditions, particularly in the driest years, and improved water supply reliability in the American River basin. Continuing to increase the region’s water use efficiency to ensure everyone is contributing to a healthy American River and Delta. Local residents have demonstrated time and again that they are willing to use water efficiently. During the drought, residents reached some of the highest conservation levels in the state. And over time, the region’s water use has been steady even as the population has increased. Investing in pipes, pumps and other infrastructure needed to fully utilize the region’s groundwater aquifer for drinking water during drought so that more water is available in the American River for fish when they need it most. Over the past several decades local water providers have been working together to strategically shift the region’s water use to surface water or groundwater according to availability and are actively working to develop the Sacramento Regional Water Bank, an innovative groundwater storage program. You can learn more about the Water Forum and how its stakeholders are working to balance the co-equal objectives of providing reliable water supplies while preserving the environmental resources of the lower American River at waterforum.org. The Sacramento Water Forum is a diverse group of business and agricultural leaders, citizen groups, environmentalists, water managers and local governments working together to balance two co-equal objectives: to provide a reliable and safe water supply for the Sacramento region’s long-term growth and economic health; and to preserve the fishery, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the lower American River. Learn more at waterforum.org.