Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix Partially Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIR/SDEIS)
The RDEIR/SDEIS was made available for public review and comment from July 10, 2015 through October 30, 2015. The public comment period is now closed.
The RDEIR/SDEIS has been prepared by the lead agencies (California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) to provide the public and interested agencies an opportunity to review engineering refinements made to the water conveyance facilities; to introduce new sub-alternatives: Alternatives 4A (California WaterFix), 2D and 5A; to explore multiple regulatory approaches; and, to include updated environmental analyses that, in part, were conducted in response to issues raised in the more than 12,000 comments received on the 2013 Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). Alternative 4A is the new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Preferred Alternative, replacing Alternative 4 (the proposed BDCP). Alternative 4A is also the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Preferred Alternative, a designation that was not attached to any of the alternatives presented in the Draft EIR/EIS. Alternative 4A includes water conveyance facilities (three new intakes along the Sacramento River and dual-bore tunnels to convey water to the existing state and federal pumping facilities) and operations elements similar to the BDCP (Alternative 4) and habitat restoration measures and other environmental commitments necessary to satisfy State and Federal environmental laws. Alternative 4A embodies a new regulatory approach for gaining necessary permits and authorizations for implementation under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) and Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The RDEIR/SDEIS evaluates the potential impacts related to changes to Alternative 4, the proposed project (Alternative 4A) and two additional sub-alternatives, Alternatives 2D and 5A. The RDEIR/SDEIS also includes other substantive changes, and information added in response to technical comments received on the December 2013 public review draft documents. The RDEIR/SDEIS only includes those sections where changes or modifications have been made that necessitate additional public review according to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The public comment period is now closed. The RDEIR/SDEIS documents remain available online at the links above. If you would like to request a dvd copy of the documents please email a request to info@BayDeltaConservationPlan.com.
Comments received electronically or postmarked on or before October 30, 2015 will be considered by state and federal agencies and responses to substantive comments will be included in the Final EIR/EIS.
All substantive comments received on the RDEIR/SDEIS (and those previously received during the comment period for the 2013 BDCP Draft EIR/EIS) will be responded to in the Final EIR/EIS and considered in the decision-making process. No final decisions have been made regarding going forward with the proposed project or in selecting an alternative; those decisions will only occur after completion of the CEQA and NEPA processes.
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