The initial Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) was 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 was 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.
As outlined in the Delta Reform Act the BDCP, if approved as both a Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) program by the State and a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) by the federal government, was to be automatically incorporated into the Council’s Delta Plan as a necessary component to further the achievement of the State mandated coequal goals – water supply reliability for California and the rehabilitation of the Delta ecosystem.
As drafted, the new proposed water conveyance alternative (California WaterFix) would not complete the BDCP as either an NCCP or HCP program.
With the shift in the BDCP, and the Delta Plan’s statutory commitments to it, the Council considered how this shift might result in changes to the Delta Plan relating to options for new and improved conveyance infrastructure, storage, and their operations to achieve the coequal goals. After months of discussion, the Council developed a set of 18 high level principles that will be used when crafting future policies for conveyance, storage, and operations.
As for this webpage, it can still help explain historically the relationship between the Delta Plan and the BDCP – and the role the Council and the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) had in the BDCP’s review.