The SFPUC also proposed to implement a 2 mgd dry-year water transfer as part of its adopted WSIP that would affect this stretch of the river, though to date the SFPUC has not executed an agreement for this 2 mgd transfer. The SFPUC is in discussion with OID for a one-year water transfer for 2014 to address anticipated drought conditions. In the 2010 SFPUC Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP), SFPUC indicated its intent to resolve the status of San Jose and Santa Clara as temporary, interruptible customers, as development of additional supplies would be necessary to offer San Jose and Santa Clara permanent customer status. SFPUC’s intent to incorporate the results of SB 375 into demand projections for retail and wholesale customers, also indicated in the UWMP, may require additional supplies as well. Compliance with State and federal regulatory actions or proceedings related to FERC relicensing of the Don Pedro Project, Central Valley Total Maximum Daily Load regulations, and the Bay Delta proceedings could also affect water supply in the Tuolumne.
In addition, the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), which represents the Wholesale Customers of the SFPUC regional water system, has recently completed the initial phases of a long- term reliable water strategy plan that recommends BAWSCA and/or its member agencies also pursue water transfers. While there are no specific transfer proposals at this time, if these transfers make use of the SFPUC regional water system to delivery water, they could also contribute to flow effects on the Tuolumne River. Finally, as part of its 2008 approval of the Phased WSIP Variant and reiterated in the 2010 UWMP, the SFPUC committed to reviewing the future water delivery needs of its customers, beyond 2018. During that review process the SFPUC will evaluate whether to pursue increasing its waters supply diversions from the Tuolumne River system under its existing water rights. The SFPUC has not made any specific proposals to do so at this time, but doing so would also contribute to this impact on the Tuolumne River resources.
Page 7-2 OSEC-422 [See page 5-361 for the original comment] REVISE the first paragraph in Section 7.2 as follows:
The principles of sustainable development are predicated on a long-term vision and ethic of environmental stewardship that incorporates environmental, societal, and economic needs. Sustainability is concerned with inter-related systems (human and societal, economic, and ecological)