E&E News » California’s two Democratic senators have committed themselves to opposing a controversial House provision that would block judicial review of the state’s WaterFix tunnel project. While backstage discussions have occurred, opponents of the $17 billion tunnel project recognize the judicial review ban is all but certain to pass the House as part of a fiscal 2019 Interior and EPA appropriations bill.
Better Roads » The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY 2018 Work Plan includes an additional $1.772 billion provided in Congress’ $1.3 trillion spending package enacted March 23. Of that amount, $956 million will go to navigation projects; $541 million for flood risk management; and $275 million for other projects.
Chico Enterprise-Record » The state Department of Water Resources has beefed up its response to the independent forensic report on what caused the Oroville Dam spillway failure last year. A revised dam safety policy, which will “further define roles and responsibilities” of the executive-level engineer, the chief dam safety engineer and other related State Water Project divisions, should be released by the end of the year.