If you live, work or recreate in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Department of Water Resources wants to hear from you about developing a Community Benefits Program for the Delta Conveyance Project.
Please join a virtual workshop to share your thoughts about the concept, goals, objectives and types of projects that could be beneficial to the Delta community.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm. REGISTER HERE Registration closes on April 7th
Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm. REGISTER HERE Registration closes on April 29th
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm. REGISTER HERE Registration closes on May 18th
Note: There will be a workshop specifically for Tribal Members on May 17, 2021.
Background Information and Resources Proponents of large infrastructure projects typically develop a set of commitments—community benefits created in coordination with the local community—to address how the project affects the local community. These commitments are separate and apart from mitigation developed as a part of environmental review. DWR has initiated the development of a Community Benefits Program for the proposed Delta Conveyance Project. The Community Benefits Program would be implemented only if the Delta Conveyance Project is approved.
Please note that participation in developing a community benefits program does not in any way indicate your support for the Delta Conveyance Project itself.
Development and eventual administration of this program is meant to be a grassroots and collaborative process. DWR is soliciting community input at this early stage to inform development of a framework to be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report. For more information, find the concept paper here and a digital article here.
Workshop Format The main focus of the workshops will be to gather public input. Every workshop will include an overview of the Community Benefits Program, background information relevant to each agenda and an opportunity for clarifying questions. Workshop participants will then be asked questions such as:
Workshop 1: What Community Benefits Mean to You
What do you think about the community benefits concept?
What should the program’s overall goals be?
What categories of benefits should the program focus on?
Workshop 2: Project Ideas
Are there types of projects that could benefit recreation, tourism, agriculture, culture, history, economy, education, etc.?
What would the objectives be for each type of project?
Workshop 3: Jobs, Education, Infrastructure and Engagement
What do you think about opportunities for economic development, jobs, education, and multi-purpose facilities?
What is the best way to approach community engagement to further develop the program?
The workshops will be conducted using Zoom and can be accessed through the internet or by using your phone. For instructions on how to use Zoom, click here. Closed captioning will also be provided.
Written material used for the workshops will be sent to registered workshop participants, along with the Zoom link, ahead of the meeting. Meeting material will be available in English and Spanish and a simultaneous Spanish translation will be offered. If you require any additional participation accommodations, please email DeltaConveyanceCBP@water.ca.gov.