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Refinements Warrant Additional Public Review

By Richard Stapler, California Natural Resources Agency

In our continued efforts to maintain transparency throughout our planning processes, an announcement about a pending recirculation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan was made earlier this week. We intend to meet the goals and objectives of the Plan by continually looking for practical, effective and responsible ways to make it better.  We will be recirculating the plan and the environmental documents in order to daylight refinements, generated in part by public comment, as well as by our own internal review and evaluation of comments. Details of those refinements and other areas for recirculation is under development and should be available in six to eight weeks.

In regard to the EPA letter, their findings particularly as it relates to habitat restoration seem to contradict what appears to be a rare point of scientific consensus on actions to take in the Delta - that habitat restoration is vital. An independent report from the Public Policy Institute of California entitled Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem made that very clear:  http://www.ppic.org/content/pubs/report/R_413EH2R.pdf

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