The proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) has now been recast as two separate efforts – water conveyance under California WaterFix and habitat restoration under California EcoRestore – and the effort to secure federal Habitat Conservation Plan and State Natural Community Conservation Plan designations has been put aside.
The BDCP was originally developed to support the issuance of long-term (50 year) incidental take permits for the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) that met the requirements of the federal Endangered Species Act (FESA) and the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). This was to be accomplished through development of a federal Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and state Natural Communities Conservation Plan (NCCP).
Habitat conservation and related conservation measures originally proposed with the BDCP are no longer included except to the extent required for mitigation. Habitat restoration measures will be implemented in a separate program, California EcoRestore, which will be implemented by the Natural Resources Agency.
The preferred project identified in the RDEIR/SDEIS is Alternative 4A (California WaterFix). California WaterFix is similar to the BDCP’s preferred Alternative 4 with three 3,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) intakes on the Sacramento River in the north Delta and 2,100 acres of ecosystem restoration required for mitigation. Key changes in California WaterFix include the reduction in power requirements by the elimination of the three pumping facilities and the increased use of state-owned property as opposed to private property. The north Delta intakes are proposed to be operated with the existing south Delta pumping facilities as a dual conveyance system.
Staff: Mary-Ann Warmerdam