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Key Announcements

Draft Implementing Agreement Available; Draft BDCP and associated Draft EIR/EIS Comment Period Extended

May 30, 2014 - The U.S. Department of the Interior and the California Natural Resources Agency today released the "Draft Implementing Agreement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (IA)” for a 60-day public review and comment period. The Draft IA can be found here.

Lead state and federal agencies have also extended the public comment period for the Draft BDCP and associated Draft EIR/EIS by an additional 46 days to allow the public more time to review and comment. The comment period began on December 13, 2013 and will conclude on July 29, 2014. Visit the Public Review page for more information on the public review process and how to comment.

Principles for Sharing Design and Construction Oversight for Proposed New Water Facilities

May 22, 2014 When it comes to the design and construction of any new water facilities, the California Department of Water Resources and public water agencies share an interest in ensuring a high quality project and controlling the cost of its delivery. To do so, leaders of DWR and the public water agencies set forth principles that would establish accountability and transparency, protect the large public investment at stake, and give an oversight role to the agencies whose ratepayers would fund the new water conveyance system. DWR would maintain its ultimate authority and responsibility to manage the design and construction. Read more from today's blog, Principles for Sharing Design and Construction Oversight for Proposed New Water Facilities

Public Inquiry on Status of Implementing Agreement (IA)

May 5, 2014 - We appreciate recent interest in the status of public posting of the draft BDCP Implementing Agreement (IA) between the plan’s permitees and state and federal biological agencies. Because of the joint State-Federal drought response, the past weeks have required significant time commitments from key water management and regulatory principals. Understand that this is the worst drought California has faced in nearly 40 years, and operations and regulatory decisions need to be made in real time to address water needs for the rest of 2014. With those significant constraints in mind, know that the State will provide more specific details on the timing for release and ways to review and comment on this document as they are determined. The draft IA is still scheduled for a 60-day public review period prior to the release of the Final BDCP and associated Final EIR/EIS. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible.

Analysis of Portfolio Proposal  

February 19, 2014 – Review the California Natural Resources Agency letter to the Natural Resources Defense Council, including analysis of the requested 2012 portfolio proposal.

Public Review Draft BDCP and Associated Draft EIR/EIS Now Available Online; Public Comment Period to Begin on 12/13

December 9, 2013 - The public review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) have been posted in anticipation of the formal public review and comment period, which begins on Friday, December 13, 2013:

Press Release: State Releases Updated Comprehensive Water Reliability and Ecosystem Restoration Plan

Public Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

Public Draft BDCP Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement

Draft BDCP Highlights brochure

Draft EIR/EIS Highlights brochure

How to Comment factsheet

What’s Changed BDCP

What's Changed EIR/EIS


New Changes to BDCP Would Reduce Impacts to Landowners and Residents

August 15, 2013 - The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced changes to the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) water conveyance system. The BDCP is a seven-year effort of federal and state agencies and other stakeholders to stabilize water deliveries from the Delta while enhancing the Delta ecosystem. Throughout this process, changes continue to be incorporated, based in part on landowner concerns.

Proposed changes announced include shrinking of the intermediate forebay surface area from 750 acres to 40 acres, and realigning a segment of the proposed tunnels to the east to utilize more public lands and avoid Delta communities.

BDCP Draft Statewide Economic Analysis Released

August 5, 2013 - The Bay Delta Conservation Plan has released a draft statewide economic impact study that analyzes the project as an investment for the state as a whole. Visit the news page for details.

Visit the BDCP News page for previous announcements.