For more information about the 2013 BDCP proposal, the public Draft BDCP is available here. The public review Draft BDCP was made available to the public for review and comment from December 13, 2013 through July 29, 2014.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) was developed over more than seven years of collaboration, scientific analysis, policy review and public input to address the Delta's ecosystem and water management challenges. As it was originaly conceived, the BDCP was a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), and a Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) under the California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act.
Under the 2013 BDCP proposal, the state sought 50-year incidental take permits under State and Federal endangered species laws. Responsive to comments received during the 2013-2014 public comment period, State and Federal agencies decided to change the approach and are no longer pursuing the BDCP as the proposed project. Instead, a modified proposed project is being considered. The modified proposal will be described and evaluated as the CEQA preferred alternative (Alternative 4A) in the Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
Alternative 4A also embodies a new regulatory approach to meet state and federal endangered species laws. State and Federal Agencies are pursuing Federal ESA compliance through Section 7 consultations with federal fish and wildlife agencies. The State is also seeking California Endangered Species Act (CESA) compliance through an application for incidental take pursuant to Section 2018(b) of the California Fish and Game Code, which is part of the CESA.
To learn more about the Environmental Review (EIR/EIS) process, click here.