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The Delta Plan and the BDCP

As outlined in the Delta Reform Act (Act), the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (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.


In April 2015, the Brown Administration announced a new preferred alternative to the BDCP – one that would not complete the BDCP as an NCCP, but would instead advance a new conveyance initiative called WaterFix. A parallel effort, EcoRestore, proposes to accelerate specific restoration actions in the Delta. With this change, there will be no automatic incorporation of BDCP into the Delta Plan and WaterFix will be a “covered action” that must be consistent with the regulatory provisions of the Delta Plan.



The Delta Plan and the BDCP - Archives

  • To view the historical 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, please visit this archives page

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)