Rally at the Capitol: Legislators, water leaders, residents and farmworkers call for a drought declaration and a water bond this year, while opponents urge Brown to abandon the tunnel plan

About 800 to 1000 people rallied on the steps of the Capitol yesterday, urging Governor Brown to declare a drought and calling for the passage of a water bond this year. The event was organized by the California Latino Water Coalition, NAACP, League of Cities Latino Caucus, Nisei Farmers League, and included speeches by Assemblymember Perea, Assemblymember Conway, Senator Fuller, […]

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Delta Stewardship Council briefing: The BDCP’s impacts in the Delta

With the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and the draft environmental documents now released and the public review process beginning, the Delta Stewardship Council continued at the December 19th meeting with another briefing in a series intended to prepare the Council for their role as a responsible agency in reviewing the environmental impact report. Deputy Executive Officer Dan Ray […]

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The new Bay Delta Conservation Plan Road Map is now available!

Are you curious to learn more about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan but don’t know where to begin?  Do you need to be reading the documents but just haven’t started? Do you want to know more about the tunnels, download a document, or just see what the fuss is all about? Then the BDCP Road Map is for you! This […]

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Reading the BDCP: What page are you on? plus how to sound like you’re reading the BDCP, even if you’re not

It’s New Years Day – what better day to check in with all of you BDCP readers out there, just to make sure you are keeping the pace and staying on track!  If your New Year’s resolution is to actually read the BDCP, I’ll help you out by setting your pace.  And if you just want to sound like you […]

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Sierra Club releases white paper on alternatives to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The BDCP is not the right plan for the 21st century, says the Sierra Club in a newly released white paper.  It would accelerate the decline of the Delta and do nothing to reverse the damage related to the flow changes and it merely recycles an old idea rejected by voters decades ago that if built, would burden Californians statewide […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Independent Science Review Panel hears presentation on changes made to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s Effects Analysis (Chapter 5)

At the request of BDCP participants, the Delta Science Program has convened an Independent Science Review Panel to assess the scientific soundness of the effects analysis chapter (Chapter 5) of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.  The panel, which first met in 2011, consists of Alex Parker, Ph. D., California Maritime Academy and California State University (Panel Chair); Charles “Si” Simenstad, […]

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Reading the BDCP: How many pages should you have read by now?

My apologies, folks.  I stand corrected.  Although there are some differing counts on the exact number of pages of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents  – is it 40,115 or 40,214? – it appears the figure of 283 pages per day that I used to calculate the number of days is too low.  Yes, sorry, you read that right.  Too […]

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Jerry Meral blogs on the Delta controversy and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Jerry Meral has posted a three-part blog series over at the Bay Delta Conservation Plan website which covers the history of the controversy in the Delta, from development of the State Water Project to present day.   “Californians have been debating the role of the Delta and the best way to move water to where it’s needed for nearly 70 years,” […]

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Santa Clara Valley Water District BDCP workshop, part 1: Dr. Martin McCann on Delta levees

The Santa Clara Valley Water District board members continued their examination of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan with a workshop session on November 14 that focused on Delta levees, as well as the BDCP’s effects on the ecosystem. During the workshop, Martin McCann and Curt Schmutte gave presentations on the Delta levees and seismic risk.  They were followed by Chuck […]

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Radio show transcript: Mark Cowin, Tim Quinn, Gary Bobker, and Barbara Barrigan-Parilla discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Last week, a segment of KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny featured Mark Cowin, Tim Quinn, Gary Bobker, and Barbara Barrigan-Parilla discussing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.  Here’s a transcript of the show: Michael Krasny:  The Brown Administration released an environmental study on Monday of its $25 billion that includes two massive tunnels to move water from Northern California to other […]

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