Why is the voluntary settlement agreement proposal better than the state board staff proposal?

The state water board staff proposal focuses on only one of the key factors essential to ecosystem health in the delta – increased flows – but it requires so much water that it would be harmful to California communities and farms, imposing more frequent and severe water shortages, with unclear fish and wildlife benefits. The voluntary settlement agreements represent a collaborative plan designed to contribute to the recovery of fish and wildlife species and are an alternative to the state board’s proposed one-size-fits-all requirement to release massive amounts of flows in an attempt to improve Bay-Delta fisheries. The Yuba Water Agency proposal is a collaborative approach to reaching the state water board’s coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration that addresses the need for increased flows, but also includes collaboration, habitat improvements, funding, and a river science program.

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1. What is the Yuba Water Agency voluntary settlement agreement proposal?
2. Why is Yuba Water Agency voluntarily making these commitments?
3. What is the proposal of the State Water Resources Control Board staff?
4. Why is the voluntary settlement agreement proposal better than the state board staff proposal?
5. Are other Sacramento Valley agencies submitting similar proposals?
6. Will Yuba Water benefit if the state board adopts their proposal?
7. How does Yuba Water Agency plan to use revenue their proposal would create?
8. What is the state water board schedule for review of the voluntary settlement agreement proposals?