The BDCP is intended to eventually serve as the basis for a long-term (i.
The Delta desperately needs a comprehensive ecosystem and water supply solution, but so far BDCP has approached the problem in reverse, starting out with what export water users were willing to pay for and then seeking a justification for those initial decisions that would allow even more water to be exported from the Delta.
There is too much at stake in the future of California's water supply and the health of the largest estuary on the West Coast to ignore the major scientific and analytic gaps in this plan," said Ann Hayden, a senior water resource analyst at Environmental Defense Fund and member of the BDCP
Said Rosenfield, "Although a substantial amount of useful scientific and policy work to develop the BDCP
has been accomplished during the past four years, the current version of the plan is not yet adequately developed in any of these areas.
is within reach of identifying measures that will regain water supply reliability for more than 25 million Californians and dramatically improve ecosystem restoration efforts.
We share in the frustration that BDCP
agencies have yet to embrace such a solution, but remain confident that additional technical work will help to identify a historic package of actions that the Delta desperately needs.
, however, will take a number of years to permit and implement," Kightlinger acknowledged.
Peterson said ACWA members view the BDCP
process as a critical step toward fixing the troubled Delta and the larger goal of securing a more sustainable water system for California.
is a collaborative effort by state and federal agencies and stakeholder groups to develop a conservation plan for the Delta aimed at addressing the current conflict between the protection of at-risk fish species and water supply.
With the BDCP
, California could protect and restore this valuable estuary and water supplies could be delivered more reliably to people, businesses and farms.
is collaborative planning effort by state and federal agencies and stakeholder groups aimed at developing a long-term protection plan for key Delta species.
While the BDCP
will focus on the fish/water supply issues in the context of broad ecosystem protection principles, it will also address habitat restoration and management, other ecological problems including invasive species and toxic pollutants, and improve the way state and federal water systems operate.