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.