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July 20, 2018
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In this Issue: 

New Board of Directors Members Sworn In 

The July 18, 2018 Board meeting began with the swearing in of the two new incoming Board of Directors, Dennis Gambs and Olivia Sanwong, as well as veteran Director, Bill Stevens. Directors Gambs and Sanwong were sworn in by the Honorable Scott Haggerty, Supervisor, Alameda County District 1 and Director Stevens was sworn in by the Honorable John Marchand, Mayor of Livermore. Dennis Gambs and Olivia Sanwong were newly elected to the Board in June. Director Stevens has served on the Board since 1998 and was reelected in June.

Save the Dates - Upcoming Public Workshops

Zone 7 will host a Board workshop open to the public the evening of August 28, 2018, regarding the draft Stream Management Master Plan (SMMP) Amendment at Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore. The original 2006 Stream Management Master Plan is being updated to explore the latest methodologies and to meet the following goals and objectives: 1.) Reduce flood risk; 2.) Be ecologically-conscious; 3.) Meet broad watershed objectives to provide multiple benefits, such as groundwater recharge, erosion and sedimentation management, water quality; and 4.) Be fiscally responsible and implementable. The purpose of the workshop is to provide information on the draft SMMP Amendment and solicit comments and feedback from the Board and public.

Zone 7 and its Retailers (City of Livermore, City of Pleasanton, California Water Service, and Dublin San Ramon Services District) will host a public workshop on August 29, 2018 at 5:00 PM, at 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore to educate the community on how water is provided to the region. It’s Zone 7’s mission to provide a reliable supply of high-quality water in a fiscally responsible way. The community is invited to this workshop to learn: where our water comes from; what is the value of water; water supply and environmental challenges impacting the region.

California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS Available for Public Review and Comment

The Zone 7 Board of Directors would like to encourage the public to review and comment on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for California WaterFix. The Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS was released on July 17, 2018 and comments are being accepted through 5:00 p.m. PST on September 17, 2018.The document is available at www.CaliforniaWaterFix.com. Comments can be submitted by mail to “WaterFix Comments 2018”, P.O .Box 1919, Sacramento, CA 95812 or by email to WaterFixComments@icf.com with the subject line “Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS Comments”.

The Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS evaluates proposed modifications to the project that was approved by the California Department of Water Resources in July, 2017. The proposed modifications would only affect the project footprint, and operations of the approved project would not change. Consistent with the approved project, water would be diverted from the Sacramento River through three fish-screened intakes on the east bank of the Sacramento River between Clarksburg and Courtland and conveyed by tunnels to a new forebay in the south Delta. Diversion facilities would also be identical to the approved project, with Intakes 2, 3, and 5 operating with a maximum capacity of 3,000 cubic feet per second each.

In September 2017, the Zone 7 Board of Directors adopted a resolution to support California WaterFix. California WaterFix would provide a much-needed upgrade to the aging through-Delta conveyance currently used by Zone 7 to import roughly 80 percent of the Valley’s supplies. Despite Zone 7’s efforts to increase supply reliability through other sources, the Water Supply Evaluation shows that Zone 7 will continue to rely on water conveyed through the Delta and delivered to the Valley via the SWP for about 70 percent of its supplies.

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., Aug 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Livermore Valley Water Financing Authority

Date: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: 8750 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore  

Directors Gambs, Sanwong and Stevens being sworn in at the July 18, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting.

Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant Upgrades and Ozonation Project Released for Public Review

The Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant Upgrades and Ozonation Project is now available for public review and available on the website. The Draft IS/MND will be available for a 30-day public review. The public comment period closes at 5 p.m. on August 22, 2018. Comments should be submitted via mail to Zone 7 Water Agency, Attention: Elke Rank, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551 or via email to erank@zone7water.com.

2018 Flood Control Channel Maintenance Map Now Available

An interactive map showing the progress of maintenance activities and any impacts to publicly accessible maintenance roads is now available online. The map provides the location and description of scheduled, in progress and completed work being done as well as any related roadway or trail closures. Updates will made as often as is necessary, up to twice weekly, during the construction season (summer) and will include before and after photos of the work. Users will need to zoom in on the map to see details regarding roadway and trail closures.

Conservation

The Tri-Valley Water-Wise Gardening website provides water-efficiency tips for landscaping and gardening based on climate and other factors specific to our region. To learn more, visit http://www.trivalleywaterwise.com/.

Check the websites of your local retailer:
- City of Pleasanton
- City of Livermore
- California Water Service Co. - Livermore
- Dublin San Ramon Services District

For rebate information, click here.

Report a Spill or Dumping

Zone 7 owns many flood control channels and creeks in the Cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, and in unincorporated areas of Eastern Alameda County. If you see a spill or dumping in any waterway, follow the directions below to report it:

1. If a spill is currently happening, call 911.

2. If the situation is not urgent, call: 

  • Zone 7 Administrative offices at (925) 454-5000 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator at (925) 447-6704, ext. 1, during non-business hours

Hot Summer Weather Likely to Increase Algae Blooms

The hot summer weather is expected to increase the algae blooms in the raw water storage and conveyance systems Zone 7 relies on for its water supplies in the Delta and the South Bay Aqueduct. These algae blooms produce byproducts that are easily detected by the human nose even at very low levels and can cause taste and odor issues in drinking water supplies. While not harmful, the taste and odor are unpleasant. Zone 7 is currently treating these taste and odor issues with activated carbon but the effectiveness is limited. Ozone treatment is being added to two of Zone 7’s water treatment plants to more effectively address taste and odor issues associated with algae blooms in the future.

More information is provided on the website at:

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Presented to Zone 7 Board

On July 18, 2018, Zone 7 staff officially presented the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2016-2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which was awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada (GFOA) in May 2018. General Manager Valerie Pryor remarked that “This is a significant accomplishment for the Agency and the result of the hard work and dedication of Assistant General Manager/Treasure Osborn Solitei and the finance team.” This is the second year in a row Zone 7 has received this award which recognizes the Agency’s commitment to public transparency and accountability. The CAFR is available online and provides the public with the Agency’s detailed financial information as well as providing comparative analyses to previous years.

Mission Statement:
Zone 7 Water Agency is committed to providing a reliable supply of high quality water
and an effective flood control system to the Livermore-Amador Valley. In fulfilling our present and future commitments to the community, we will develop and manage the water resources in a fiscally responsible, innovative, proactive, and environmentally sensitive way.

Vision Statement:
To be recognized as the platinum standard water and flood control district in which to live, work and do business by enhancing the quality of life, economic vitality and environmental health of the communities we serve.

Values:
OPEN AND TRANSPARENT -- The Board's meetings and communications shall be open and public, except when the Brown Act authorizes otherwise.
CUSTOMER SERVICE -- Our commitment to the community requires prompt, respectful and courteous relations with our customers, both internal and external, as well as pursuing community partnerships and collaboration with     other area public agencies when beneficial to the public.
INTEGRITY -- We practice the highest ethical standards and maintain open, honest communications at all levels of the organization at all times.
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE -- We will operate in a productive, cost effective, transparent and efficient manner to ensure sound financial stability.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE -- In carrying out our mission, we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the environment while complying with regulations.
INNOVATIVE/PROACTIVE -- We encourage innovation, creativity and ingenuity, seeking constant improvement and keeping up with the latest economical technologies and management practices.
SAFETY -- We are committed to public and employee safety to maintain a healthy work environment.  We work safely and provide safe products and services.
EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT -- We foster a respect for diversity, equality, a spirit of performance-based accountability and productivity along with personal and professional growth for all team members so as to achieve excellence through the collective energy that comes from a work environment where each employee can flourish and succeed to their highest potential.
Copyright © 2013 Zone 7 Water Agency, All rights reserved.

Contact Information:
Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551
925-454-5000
 
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