Field studies have been conducted throughout the Delta region to support the preparation of a thorough and accurate EIR/EIS for the BDCP. To date, these studies have gathered environmental and engineering data where potential habitat conservation and water conveyance options may take place.
Some properties located within the planning area have been selected for further study in order to improve the accuracy of the evaluation. In these cases, DWR representatives have sought access to properties through the use of a Temporary Entry Permit (TEP). TEPs grant field crews temporary access to private property so that studies may be conducted. If a particular parcel is chosen for further study, one or more of the following activities may be conducted: ground and aerial surveys, and geotechnical, biological, geological, archaeological, floral and faunal studies.
DWR has prepared an Addendum and filed an NOD to the 2010 IS/MND for Geotechnical Exploration Activities. DWR has been unable to obtain access to many properties in the study area in order to complete the activities within the timeframe established under the 2010 IS/MND. Therefore it is necessary to extend the December 31, 2012 completion date. In addition, locations along SR 160 are being highlighted in this Addendum because temporary lane closures will be necessary.
For more information about current geotechnical and environmental field studies, contact Shay Humphrey at (916) 651-2996.