Bay Delta Conservation Plan

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a planning and environmental permitting process to restore habitat for Delta fisheries in a way that reliably delivers water supplies to 25 million Californians. Federal and state agencies, environmental organizations, fishery agencies, water agencies, and other organizations are working together to develop the Plan.

Launched in 2006, the BDCP process is developing a comprehensive plan to obtain long-term operating permits under the state and federal Endangered Species Acts.

On July 25, 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar outlined revisions to the proposed BDCP plan that, along with a full range of alternative proposals, will undergo a rigorous public environmental review in the coming months.

Elements of the preferred proposal include construction of two side-by-side tunnels, water intake facilities with a total capacity of 9,000 cfs -- down from the earlier proposal of 15,000 cfs. Operation of the facilities would be phased in over several years.

On March 14, 2013, the California Natural Resources Agency released the first four of 12 draft chapters of the BDCP. The release of these first chapters is seen as a milestone in the seven-year effort to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and provide a reliable water supply for two-thirds of California's population. The remaining chapters have since been released.

Materials from the July 25 announcement also are available on the BDCP website, including:

Recent letters on the BDCP

Other background on the BDCP:

ACWA_BDCP_Briefing Book2-8-11.pdf948.28 KB
Laird-Response-Letter_to SJ County July-10-2012.pdf323.47 KB
BDCP Laird to CA Congressional Members 7.20.12.pdf135.83 KB