The Environmental Review Process

The Draft BDCP, Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), and Draft Implementing Agreement (IA) were made available for public review and comment through from December 13, 2013 through July 29, 2014. View the draft documents and learn more here.

While conservation plans such as the BDCP are meant to be beneficial to the environment, specific actions (conservation measures) in the plan can have an impact on the natural and human environment. These impacts must be evaluated and actions identified to mitigate them. State and federal environmental laws require a review of potential impacts of the BDCP before it can be approved and implemented.

The BDCP is subject to environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The California Department of Water Resources, acting as the lead agency for compliance with CEQA, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, acting as lead agencies for compliance with NEPA, are preparing a joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS).

The public review Draft EIR/EIS was made available for public review and comment from December 13, 2013 through July 29, 2014. 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 early 2015. The recirculated documents will include those portions of each document that warrant another public review prior to publication of final documents.  All substantive comments received on the Draft EIR/EIS and partially recirculated Draft EIR/EIS prior to the comment period deadlines will be considered in the Final EIR/EIS and decision-making process. No final decisions have been made regarding going forward with the BDCP or in selecting an alternative; those decisions will only occur after the completion of the CEQA and NEPA processes. Learn more about the public review process here.

The Final EIR/EIS will be submitted to state and federal regulatory agencies for approval and permit authorization, after which implementation of the BDCP could begin.

 

To learn more about the BDCP Planning process, click here.