“The public review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and
associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental
Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) have been posted to
www.BayDeltaConservationPlan.com in anticipation of the formal
public review and comment period, which begins on Friday,
December 13, 2013.
“The Draft BDCP Highlights brochure and Draft EIR/EIS
Highlights brochure are also available.”
“The state of California and its federal partners have announced
the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public
review. This is a significant milestone in the effort to restore
ecosystem health and secure reliable water supplies for
“This week, the state is expected to release a draft of Gov.
Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan for the Delta. It is the first
time since the old peripheral canal wars of the 1970s and early
’80s that a comparable proposal will have been formally
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a
post by Tib Belza, Chair, Bay-Delta Task Force:
“With the state and federal agencies releasing the Bay-Delta
Conservation Plan (BDCP) this week, the leaders in the North
State are unified in our commitment to statewide water solutions
that protect the economy, environment and quality of life in
Northern California. The North State Water Alliance this week
continues our call for the Governor to develop an innovative and
comprehensive statewide water plan.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Darrell Fong:
“Gov. Jerry Brown and major water interests from Southern
California and the Central Valley are trying to sell a proposal
to the residents of Sacramento and other Delta communities to
allow the construction of twin underground tunnels costing $25
billion to siphon water from the Sacramento River and deliver it
to farms and cities to the south.
“The new page explains the relationship between the Delta Plan
and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) including links to
statutes detailing the roles and responsibilities of the DSC
and Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) regarding their
respective reviews of the BDCP.
“Also included is DSC and Delta ISB correspondence regarding
the BDCP, as well as reports, documents, and presentations made
during DSC and Delta ISB meetings.
“It’s not likely to be the hottest item at Tuesday night’s
[Stockton] City Council meeting, but for the record, the
Council will hear a report about state and federal legislative
priorities for the coming year.
“And according to a red-line version in the agenda packet (flip
to page 762), the need to protect the Delta will be the city’s
second-highest priority in 2014, ahead even of bankruptcy
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Dennis McEwan:
“‘Denny, you and your environmentalist buddies better vote for
this thing, ’cause it’s the best deal you’re ever going to
“Those words were spoken by my father in 1982, extolling me to
vote ‘yes’ on Proposition 9, the referendum on the peripheral
canal. He was a 30-plus-year, veteran engineer with the
California Department of Water Resources, and I was a
20-something idealistic college student majoring in
“California is having the wrong debate about the future of one
of its most valuable assets, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River
Delta, which produces water for much of the state and about
half of Silicon Valley.
“The battle for the better part of the last two years has been
about how big a new conveyance system — probably tunnels —
should be … The focus instead should be the operating
conditions for the Delta …”
“The earth sank at a rate of nearly 1 foot per year in a
portion of the San Joaquin Valley during the state’s most
recent drought, scientists announced Thursday, adding that the
problem is likely to persist and could threaten large aqueducts
that ship water south from the Delta.
“The sinking land has also slowed down the planned restoration
of the San Joaquin River.