2013-2014 Public Reveiw: How to Comment on the Public Draft Documents
Consistent with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (CEQA Guidelines §15088) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (Council on Environmental Quality § 1503.4) and policies held by all lead agencies governing the implementation of CEQA and NEPA; public comments submitted during official public comment periods, will be made available to the public upon the release of the Final EIR/EIS. The Final EIR/EIS will include all comments received during official comment periods and responses to substantive comments.
The Draft BDCP and BDCP Draft EIR/EIS were made available to the public for a 228-day review period. The public review and comment period was effective December 13, 2013 through July 29, 2014. Additionally, the Draft Implementing Agreement was made available for a 60-day public review and comment period, effective May 30, 2014 through July 29, 2014. The public comment period is now closed.
On August 27, 2014 the Department of Water Resources and the other state and federal agencies leading the Bay Delta Conservation Plan announced that they will publish a partially Recirculated Draft BDCP, EIR/EIS, and Implementing Agreement (IA) in 2015. The agencies are currently reviewing the comments received through the public comment period that ended on July 29, 2014. The recirculated documents will include those portions of each document that warrant another public review prior to publication of final documents. The public will also have the opportunity to review the final documents prior to their adoption and any decisions about the proposed actions. Comments received within official comment period deadlines will be considered in the Final Draft EIR/EIS decision-making process and published with the Final EIR/EIS. Comments will not be posted publicly until the release of the Final Draft EIR/EIS. No final decisions have been made regarding going forward with the BDCP or in selecting an alternative; those decisions will only occur after completion of the CEQA and NEPA processes. For more information on the commenting process, download the How to Comment handout here.