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    BDCP Road Map

    BasicsIntroduction:  New to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan?  Start here for a brief overview of the project, plus links to other summary documents and helpful materials.  Introduction

    Regulatory Context:  Look to this page for information on habitat conservation plans, federal and state endangered species regulations, permits, compliance, monitoring, covered activities, geographic scope, and the BDCP’s relationship to other Delta planning efforts. The BDCP’s Regulatory Context and Its Relationship to Other Plans

    Existing and historical conditions: The Delta’s existing and historical ecological conditions are detailed here: Existing and Historical Conditions

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    Conservation StrategyConservation Strategy:  Just what exactly are the specific outcomes the BDCP is striving to achieve, and how does it plan to do that?  Find out about covered species, biological goals and objectives, conservation measures, and adaptive management on this page:  Conservation Strategy

    Conservation Measures:The Conservation Measures are the specific actions that the BDCP will take to achieve the goals and objectives of the project.  Learn the specifics about the BDCP’s 22 Conservation Measures here:  Conservation Measures

    New Water Infrastructure – the Twin Tunnels:  Cut to the chase and find all the plan documents related to the new water infrastructure (also known as Conservation Measure 1), including a description of the new facilities,their costs, project operations, flow, decision tree, and the tunnel route on this page:  Conservation Measure 1

    Ecosystem Restoration:  The BDCP is proposing to restore and protect 145,000 acres of habitat throughout the Delta.  The different types of habitat to be restored, the implementation schedule, why habitat restoration is expected to help native species, and early implementation projects are detailed on this page:  Ecosystem Restoration

    Adapting to Climate Change:  How climate change is incorporated into the BDCP is primarily detailed in Chapter 29 of the environmental documents, but in other places as well.  Find out about greenhouse gas emissions, sea level rise, the impacts expected for the Delta’s natural communities and native species, and its effect on reservoir operations and temperature control on this page:  Climate Change

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    Managing the PlanGovernance and Implementation of the Plan:  Go to this page for information on the roles and responsibilities of all the entities involved in BDCP implementation, the function of the Implementation Office, how the plan will be implemented and reporting requirements:  Governing and Implementing the Plan

    Adaptive Management:  The BDCP is a 50-year plan, and it’s likely changes are going to be necessary.  When conservation measures don’t go as expected and changes need to be made, adaptive management is the mechanism for making changes.  Find out how adaptive management is incorporated into the Plan on this page:  Adaptive Management

    Project Costs and Funding:  How much is all of this going to cost?  And who is going to pay for it?  That is detailed on this page:  Project Costs and Funding

    Economic Analyses:  To date, the state has produced two different economic analyses for the plan, which others have disputed.  Find out more about the economic analyses on this page:  Economic Analyses

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    ImpactsBiological impacts: The Effects Analysis describes how the BDCP’s actions will affect the Delta’s ecosystems, natural communities, and covered species, and presents conclusions on the outcomes from implementing the conservation strategy.  It does not replace the environmental analysis required under NEPA/CEQA.  For more on the Effects Analysis, go here:  Effects Analysis: Analyzing the biological impacts of the plan

    Environmental Impacts:  The environmental impact report analyzes impacts to the Delta’s natural resources.

    • For more on the impacts of implementing the BDCP on water supply, surface water, groundwater, water quality, geology and seismicity, soils, fish and aquatic resources, terrestrial biological resources, land use, agricultural resources and recreation, visit this page:  Environmental Impacts of the Tunnel Plan Part 1 
    • For impacts on terrestrial biological resources, land use, agricultural resources and recreation, visit this page:  Environmental Impacts of the Tunnel Plan Part 2
    • For information on the impacts to socioeconomics, aesthetics and visual resources, cultural resources, transportation, public service and utilities, energy, air quality and greenhouse gases, noise, hazards and hazardous materials, public health, mineral resources, paleontological resources, environmental justice and growth inducement, see this page:  Environmental Impacts of the Tunnel Plan Part 3
    • For information on the impacts to air quality and greenhouse gases, noise, hazards and hazardous materials, public health, mineral resources, paleontological resources, environmental justice and growth inducement, see this page:  Environmental Impacts of the Tunnel Plan Part 4

    Environmental commitments:  During implementation of the BDCP,  the environmental commitments listed in Appendix 3B will be incorporated into the plan to avoid or minimize potential adverse and significant impacts.  While some of the commitments may or may not be required by regulating agencies,  these commitments will be satisfied even if not separately imposed by the permitting agencies. If permitting agencies require additional measures, those will be adhered to as part of the permits.  Environmental commitments include using best management practices, developing and implementing control plans for sediment, barge operations, and fish rescue/salvage.  They also include enhancing recreation access in vicinity of the intakes, funding the recreation recommendations included in the Delta Plan, funding aquatic weed control, and management of selenium.  Find out more about the environmental commitments here:  BDCP EIR-EIS Appendix 3B – Environmental Commitments

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    Alternatives‘Take’ Alternatives:  It is a requirement of habitat conservation plans that the permit applicants must specify alternatives that would result in take (mortality) levels less than those anticipated by the proposed action or alternatives that would result in no take (mortality), and to explain why these alternatives were not chosen.  Accordingly, the alternatives in this chapter are analyzed for this narrow and specific regulatory purpose, which is separate from the analysis of project alternatives required under CEQA and NEPA.   Look for more information here:  Alternatives to Take

    EIR Alternatives:  The Draft EIR/EIS considers 15 action alternatives, including the proposed BDCP (twin tunnels), and one no-action alternative. The alternatives analyzed in the draft EIR/EIS include a combination of water conveyance configurations, capacities and operational criteria; conservation measures that include habitat restoration
    and conservation targets and stressor reduction measures; and various avoidance and minimization measures.  Find out more about those here:  EIR Alternatives

    Other Proposals:  Other groups and organizations have proposed their own alternatives to the BDCP.  Find out about them on this page: Other Proposals

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    LibraryTo view a list of all extracted documents, figures and tables for BDCP plan documents by chapter, click here.

     

    ABOUT THE ROAD MAP:

    The BDCP Road Map is based on the plan and environmental documents that were released in draft form in December of 2013.

    The BDCP Road Map is an exclusive product of Maven’s Notebook.  Maven’s Notebook is not affiliated with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the Department of Water Resources, ICF International or any other agency or organization involved with the development or implementation of the BDCP.  Maven was not compensated specifically for this project; if it is useful to you or your organization, please consider helping to fund continuing Notebook operations by  making a tax deductible donation.

    The purpose of the Road Map is to assist you in finding what interests you in the Plan documents; it is not meant to be an endorsement (or not) of the BDCP by Maven or Maven’s Notebook.  Maven’s Notebook is responsible for the construction of the Road Map, but not the contents of the plan or its environmental documents. Comments on the those documents should be made directly through the Bay Delta Conservation Plan website or by other official means.  For information on how to comment, visit this page:  How to Comment  You have until April 14, 2014 to file your comments.

    If you experience broken links or other problems, or have any suggestions or comments on how this product could be more useful to you, please email me.

    Enjoy!
    –Maven

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      Introduction

      The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a comprehensive, 50-year conservation road map for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that proposes new water intakes and conveyance. It hopes to assure that water continues to move from the north state southward while protecting the fragile Delta, a vast estuary east of San Francisco through which about half …

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        The BDCP’s Regulatory Context and Its Relationship to Other Plans

        The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is being developed as a Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) under California’s Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCPA) and in accordance with the state’s endangered species regulations, and as a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) under the federal Endangered Species Act.  NCCP/HCPs take an ecosystem approach, with the goal to “provide …

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          Existing and Historical Conditions

          The Delta’s existing and historical ecological conditions are described in Chapter 2.  This section is important because the BDCP’s success in meeting the Plan’s stated biological goals and objectives will be measured against environmental baseline conditions, in part defined by information in this chapter. Plan documents: Historical conditions are described in Section 2.2 here:  BDCP …

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            BDCP Fig 3.2-1 Relationship of Goals and Objectives to Elements of the BDCP

            Conservation Strategy

            The conservation strategy is designed to achieve the overall goals of restoring and protecting ecosystem health, water supply, and water quality and has been developed to meet the state and federal endangered species regulations.  The strategy includes defining the expected outcomes of the plan (biological goals and objectives), taking specific actions to meet those outcomes …

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              BDCP Fig 3.2-2 Conservation Zones and ROAs

              Conservation Measures

              The BDCP’s 22 conservation measures are the specific actions that will be implemented to meet the Plan’s stated biological goals and objectives.  The conservation measures address ecological processes, environmental gradients, biological diversity, and regional aquatic and terrestrial linkages, among other things. Although the conservation measures have been developed to meet the biological goals and objectives, …

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                BDCP Ch 4 Fig 4-7 Conceptual Rendering of an Intake Structure

                CM 1 Water Facilities and Operation

                Known as Conservation Measure 1, this measure proposes the construction of new water facilities in the North Delta, and is intended to meet or contribute to a variety of biological goals and objectives that are expressed mostly at the landscape scale and are related to flow.  According to plan documents, the new facilities would allow …

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                  BDCP Ch 6 Fig 6-1 Amounts of Natural Communities Protected and Restored Over Permit Term

                  Ecosystem Restoration

                  Before the Delta was reclaimed and reshaped for human uses, it was a dynamic landscape of floodplains and tidal marshland sometimes described as “a tule swamp the size of Rhode Island”; a complex mix of diverse habitats that supported abundant populations of native plants and animals.  However, over the past 150 years, the Delta’s landscape …

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                    BDCP EIR Ch 29 Fig 29-1 Modeling Approach for Sea Level Rise

                    Climate Change

                    Chapter 29 of the BDCP’s environmental analysis addresses how the BDCP would affect the resiliency and adaptability of the Delta to the effects of climate change. Resiliency and adaptability refer to the ability of the Delta to remain stable or flexibly change as the effects of climate change increase, in order to continue providing water …

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                      BDCP Ch 7 Fig 7-1 Organization of BDCP Implementation

                      Governing and Implementing the BDCP

                      The proposed governance and implementation structure of the BDCP is detailed in Chapter 7.  The plan envisions a collaborative effort with defined roles and responsibilities, and a clear process for addressing issues and conflicts as they arise. The implementation structure is designed to ensure that there is enough sufficient expertise, capacity, resources and focus for …

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                        BDCP Fig 3.6-1 Steps in Adaptive Management Process

                        Adaptive Management and the BDCP

                        Despite decades of research, much uncertainty still exists in our understanding of the Delta’s ecosystem.  The Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s conservation measures are designed to achieve the stated biological goals and objectives; however, it is possible that some measures may not achieve their desired outcomes, while other measures might work better than expected.  Therefore, the …

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                          economic analysis

                          Project Costs and Funding

                          Chapter 8 outlines the estimated costs of implementing the Plan and identifies potential sources of funding and the mechanisms to secure those funds, as well as the basis for assurances provided by Plan participants. The water contractors would pay for the capital costs and operations and maintenance of the new facilities as well as the …

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                            BDCP App 9A Fig 9A-1 Total SWP Deliveries, High-Outflow Scenarios

                            Economic Analyses of the BDCP

                            The state has produced two economic analyses of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Appendix 9A which is an analysis of the benefits and costs to the water contractors who will pay the costs for the new facilities and their mitigation, and the Statewide Economic Impact Report, which was released in draft form in August of …

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                              Effects Analysis: Analyzing the biological impacts of the plan

                              Chapter 5, the Effects Analysis, describes how the BDCP’s actions will affect the Delta’s ecosystems, natural communities, and covered species, and presents conclusions on the outcomes from implementing the conservation strategy. Using a wide-range of analytical tools, primarily models, the effects of the BDCP’s covered activities – those with potential to result in ‘take’ of …

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                                BDCP EIR Ch 30 Fig 30-5 Change in SWP Deliveries comared to NAA

                                Environmental Impacts of the Tunnel Plan Part 1

                                The proposed project and CEQA “Preferred Alternative” is identified as Alternative 4, operations scenario H, in the environmental documents. Alternative 4 was refined and improved to reach what DWR considers to be an optimal balance between ecological and water supply objectives. However, identification of Alternative 4 as the preferred CEQA alternative is tentative, and is …

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                                  Stocktonians enjoying the Delta on a summer evening

                                  Environmental Impacts of the Tunnel Plan Part 2

                                  The proposed project and CEQA “Preferred Alternative” is identified as Alternative 4, operations scenario H, in the environmental documents. Below are the extracted sections pertaining to the impacts of Alternative 4.  Click on the title to jump to that section or scroll down to browse. Chapter 11: Fish and Aquatic Resources Chapter 12: Terrestrial Biological …

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                                    BDCP EIR Ch 19-1 Transportation Facilities

                                    Environmental Impacts of the Tunnel Plan Part 3

                                    The proposed project and CEQA “Preferred Alternative” is identified as Alternative 4, operations scenario H, in the environmental documents. Below are the extracted sections pertaining to the impacts of Alternative 4.  Click on the title to jump to that section or scroll down to browse. Chapter 16: Socioeconomic Impacts Chapter 17: Aesthetic and Visual Resources …

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                                      Environmental Impacts of the Tunnel Plan Part 4

                                      The proposed project and CEQA “Preferred Alternative” is identified as Alternative 4, operations scenario H, in the environmental documents. Below are the extracted sections pertaining to the impacts of Alternative 4.  Click on the title to jump to that section or scroll down to browse. Chapter 22: Air Quality Chapter 23: Noise Chapter 24: Hazards …

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                                        Alternatives to Take

                                        CHAPTER 9: ALTERNATIVES TO ‘TAKE’ The simplified definition of the word “take”, in this instance, means causing the mortality of federally listed threatened and endangered species.  (The official definition of ‘take’ as defined by federal endangered species regulations is to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect any threatened or endangered …

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                                          Alternatives

                                          ALTERNATIVES ANALYZED IN THE BDCP’S DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS: To satisfy CEQA and NEPA requirements, the state and federal lead agencies are required to study a reasonable range of alternatives that meet the project’s purpose and need. Accordingly, more than 100 alternative solutions were considered in the EIR/EIS process. The CEQA proposed project/preferred alternative (Alternative 4), …

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                                            Other Proposals

                                            Many alternatives to the BDCP have been presented by various individuals and groups. These alternatives envision a new conveyance facility for the Delta, albeit with much smaller capabilities: A Portfolio-Based BDCP Conceptual Alternative, proposes a single 3,000 cfs tunnel, substantially less habitat restoration, and increased investments in recycling and conservation as an alternative to the …

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                                              Library of extracted documents, tables, and figures

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                                                1. Tamara Alaniz

                                                  Chris – this is a fantastic resource! Thanks so much for your work on it.

                                                2. jaylund

                                                  Awesome! Very helpful.

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