ACWA Comments on BDCP Framework Announcement

SACRAMENTO –Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan framework announced jointly by Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

“Today’s announcement marks another milestone after six years of studies and significant investments by public water agencies. We congratulate the governor and the Interior secretary for their leadership in identifying more specific elements of a proposed plan and a path forward for this key process. We also applaud them for stressing the importance of achieving the coequal goals.

“As outlined in the framework, the BDCP includes significant levels of habitat restoration along with conveyance improvements to better protect fish and water supply reliability. That combination of habitat restoration and conveyance improvements distinguishes the BDCP from past efforts to address the Delta and makes this process our best option for meeting the coequal goals of improved ecosystem health and water supply reliability.

“This effort is vital to California’s environment and economy. Though there is still much work to be done, progress is being made. We urge the governor and the secretary to keep the process on track and complete the BDCP in a way that works for the entire state.”

ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 440 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwa.com.

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