"Muck:"A Resusable Material from Tunneling
June 13, 2013
By Richard Stapler
California Natural Resources Agency
Lessons learned from hauling material up from deep under San Francisco Bay might prove of great value in the restoration of the ecology of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the protection of the public water supply that flows through it to farmlands and 25 million Californians.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) includes twin tunnels to protect and transport that water. While tunneling is new to the Delta, it is hardly new to the water industry.
Now in the final construction stages, a San Francisco Bay tunnel project is remarkably similar. And BDCP has been studying how that project successfully reused virtually all of the material it excavated. It’s part of BDCP’s ongoing commitment to searching out new and effective ways to reduce the impact on local communities from construction of the tunnels.
BDCP and Agricultural Land Stewardship Strategies
June 11, 2013 - In October 2012 the DWR Agricultural Land Stewardship Workgroup (ALS Workgroup) distributed a paper called the BDCP and Delta Farmland Discussion Paper. The DWR ALS Workgroup is now beginning the next phase of the paper’s development called the Draft Agricultural Land Stewardship Strategies Discussion Paper. The Workgroup is seeking public input. Learn more here.
Remaining BDCP Administrative Draft Chapters Released for Public Review
May 29, 2013 - Today, the California Natural Resources Agency released the remaining chapters of the Administrative Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to the public. The release of Chapters 8-12 mark the availability of the entire Administrative Draft BDCP. Learn more.
View the video clip of today's press conference here.
California Congressional Members Express Support for BDCP
May 22, 2013 - Thirteen California members of the U.S. Congress today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and California Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., expressing “continued strong support” for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, adding “we cannot go in with half measures.” Read the letter here.
Educational BDCP Video Now Available
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is designed to achieve the co-equal goals of providing for the conservation and management of aquatic and terrestrial species, including the restoration and enhancement of ecological functions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and improving current water supplies and the reliability of water supply delivery conveyed through the State Water Project (SWP) and the Central Valley Project (CVP). Learn more. . .