Bay Delta Plan

The “Bay Delta Plan“, short for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary Water Quality Control Plan, is the water quality control plan developed for the Delta by the State Water Resources Control Board.  The Plan identifies beneficial uses of water in the Delta, sets water quality objectives for those uses, and determines a program of implementation for achieving those objectives.

In developing the Plan, the Board attempts to balance the competing uses of water by determining what flows are necessary to protect public trust uses, including fish and wildlife, while also considering the public interest in drinking water, hydropower, agriculture and other uses.  The Plan will be implemented by subsequent water rights decisions and water quality certifications for hydropower facilities that are subject to FERC relicensing.  When implemented, the Plan will determine the amount and timing of water entering and moving through the Delta.

The Bay-Delta Plan is currently being updated and expected to be complete in 2014.

For more on the Bay-Delta Plan: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/bay_delta/

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