Delta Stewardship Council prepares for a new role: Considering Delta conveyance

Considering Delta conveyance and ecosystem restoration without the Bay Delta Conservation Plan It was the 2009 Delta Reform Act that created the Delta Stewardship Council and directed it to develop a long-term management plan for the Delta’s resources that would achieve the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration while protecting and enhancing the Delta as an evolving […]

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Guest commentary: Former Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson with more on his alternative to the Delta tunnels

A system combining a western conveyance, operable gates, and a ‘polishing’ facility would have all the benefits of the tunnels plan and none of the drawbacks, he says This commentary is written exclusively for Maven’s Notebook by Commentary by Craig Wilson, the first Delta Watermaster and former Chief Counsel to State Water Board. He writes: “On May 15, 2015 the Sacramento […]

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This just in … Bureau of Reclamation files Notice of Intent to prepare recirculated EIR/EIS for the BDCP

Three new alternatives to be analyzed The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have filed notice in the federal register of their intent to prepare a partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIR/SDEIS) on the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan. The RDEIR/SDEIS will describe and analyze refinement […]

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Wolk, Bonham, and Cowin discuss the BDCP, Cal Water Fix, and Cal Eco Restore

At a budget subcommittee hearing last week, Senator Wolk has some questions for Director Bonham and Director Cowin on the future of the Delta tunnels project, now that is no longer an NCCP On May 21, 2015, the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Subcommittee No. 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy, and Transportation discussed the Governor’s budget requests […]

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Reactions: Metropolitan, Kern County, other water interests and stakeholder groups react to announcement of revised approach to Bay Delta fix

Today, Governor Brown and other officials today announced a revised approach to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which is now going to be split into two programs: California EcoRestore and California WaterFix, which is BDCP’s Alternative 4A.  Click here for the Governor’s press release. Here are reactions from organizations and interest groups, listed in alphabetical order: From Californian’s for Water […]

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This just in … State, Federal Leaders to Accelerate Delta Habitat Restoration, Proceed With Water Infrastructure Fix

From the Office of the Governor: After months of public comment and exhaustive review, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined top federal officials to unveil plans that accelerate restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem and fix the state’s aging water infrastructure. “We can’t just cross our fingers, hoping for the best in the Delta,” said Governor Brown. “Fish populations are […]

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Bay Delta Conservation Plan Update: A comparison of regulatory approaches

Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta is updated on the substantive differences between the change in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan from a HCP-NCCP approach to a Section 7 approach At the April 28th meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, committee members heard an update on the proposed change to the regulatory approach of the Bay Delta […]

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Metropolitan Bay Delta Committee hears presentation on treasurer’s BDCP affordability report, plus an update on SWP BDCP contract negotiations

Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta hears a presentation on the state treasurer’s report which found that both urban and agricultural contractors can afford the project; plus a brief update on the State Water Project contract negotiations regarding allocation of costs of the BDCP At the January meeting of the Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta, […]

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An overview of the refinements and revisions to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan facilities (with video)

Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta hears some of the details on the changes made to the water conveyance facilities since the project’s initial design In December, the Department of Water Resources announced that new environmental documents were being prepared for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan due to significant changes made to the facilities design in response to comments received […]

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Dr. Tracy Collier with the Delta ISB review of the BDCP Draft EIR/S, particularly regarding reliance on habitat restoration

The Delta Independent Science Board (DISB) completed its review of the draft EIR/EIS for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) in May, 2014.  While the ISB recognized the many strengths embedded within the BDCP and its associated environmental documents, the review also identified several substantive shortcomings in the technical underpinnings of project impacts and mitigation.  These are all summarized in […]

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