The Delta Reform Act provides that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, when completed and successfully permitted, shall be incorporated into the Delta Plan. This page is intended to help explain the relationship between the Delta Plan and the BDCP and the role of the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) and the Delta Independent Science Board (ISB) in the BDCP’s review.
What is the BDCP
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a unique undertaking for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta) that began in 2006 (before the enactment of the Delta Reform Act of 2009). It is being developed as a 50-year habitat conservation plan with the goals of restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem and securing California water supplies. The BDCP would secure California’s water supply by building new water delivery infrastructure and operating the system to improve the ecological health of the Delta. The BDCP also would restore or protect approximately 145,000 acres of habitat to address the Delta’s environmental challenges. The BDCP is made up of specific actions, called Conservation Measures, to improve the Delta ecosystem. The BDCP includes 22 conservation measures aimed at improving water operations, protecting water supplies and water quality, and restoring the Delta ecosystem within a stable regulatory framework.
As a conservation plan, the BDCP is being developed pursuant to California’s Natural Community Conservation Planning Act and the federal Endangered Species Act. It is also subject to environmental review under both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The BDCP is being prepared by a team of federal and state water experts, scientists, and public water agencies that has worked together for years on a way to address the Delta’s problems. To learn more about their efforts please visit the BDCP website by clicking here.
Delta Stewardship Council's Role in the BDCP’s review
The Delta Reform Act, in Water Code Section 85320 (c)-(e), gives the DSC four responsibilities with respect to BDCP’s preparation and approval:
Delta Independent Science Board's Role in the BDCP’s Review
The Delta Reform Act, as outlined in the Water Code Sections listed below, gives the Delta ISB four responsibilities with respect to BDCP’s preparation:
DSC Correspondence Regarding BDCP
DSC Agenda Items Regarding BDCP
Delta Independent Science Board Correspondence Regarding BDCP
Delta Independent Science Board Agenda Items Regarding BDCP
Delta Science Program ItemsRegarding BDCP
BDCP Reports Presented to the DSC
Other Correspondence Regarding BDCP
More Documents will be added as they become available