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EIR Archives Page

The EIR Archives Page contains all the ancillary documents and audio recordings associated with the production of the Delta Plan's Environmental Impact Report.


To view the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (P-EIR), the Recirculated Draft P-EIR, and the Final P-EIR, please click here.


A P-EIR had been in production since 2010 to evaluate the potential environmental impact of the proposed Delta Plan that the Delta Reform Act required the Council to prepare. 


A Draft P-EIR (Vols. 1 & 2 of EIR process) was completed in November 2011 and circulated for public review and comment; it evaluated the November 2011 Fifth Staff Draft Delta Plan. A Recirculated Draft P-EIR (Vol. 3 of EIR process) was completed in November 2012 and circulated for public review and comment; it evaluated the November 2012 Final Staff Draft Delta Plan.

Staff prepared written responses to the written and oral comments received on the Draft and Recirculated Draft P-EIRs.  Those responses are contained in the Final P-EIR (Vols. 4 & 5 of EIR process).


The Council certified the Final Programmatic EIR at a public meeting on May 16, 2013 at the Ramada Inn and Suites, 1250 Halyard Drive, West Sacramento, CA 95691. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact Cindy Messer, Deputy Director, Planning, at 916-445-0258 or at

DRAFT of the Programmatic EIR
(Vols. 1 & 2 of EIR process)

The Draft P-EIR was prepared by the Delta Stewardship Council staff.


The Council is the Project proponent and state lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the Delta Plan. CEQA generally requires lead agencies to consider the environmental consequences of a project over which they have discretionary authority before approving, carrying out, or funding the project. Under CEQA, a project is an activity which may cause either a direct physical change in the environment or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment. CEQA requires a lead agency to prepare an EIR if there is a fair argument that the project may have a significant environmental effect.


The action considered by the Council was the adoption of the Delta Plan. The suite of binding regulatory policies and nonbinding recommendations contained in the fifth staff draft Delta Plan released in August 2011 was what the Draft P-EIR called the "Proposed Project" or "Project."


CEQA requires that the lead agency use its independent judgment to formulate and evaluate in an EIR a reasonable range of alternatives to the project that could "feasibly attain most of the basic objectives of the project and avoid or substantially lessen any of the potential adverse environmental impacts of the project."


Consequently, the Draft P-EIR also described five alternatives of the Proposed Project, which were analyzed at the same level of detail as the Proposed Project. In addition to the "No Project Alternative" (which assesses the environment as if no Delta Plan is adopted), the Draft P-EIR included four alternatives based upon, and informed by (but not taken verbatim from), comments and alternative proposals received from various stakeholder groups, communities, and other interested persons.


Because the Council did not propose or contemplate constructing, owning, or operating any facilities or directly undertaking any specific activities to implement the Delta Plan recommendations or regulatory policies, there would be no direct physical change in the environment through adoption of the Delta Plan. However, adoption of the Delta Plan by the Council could influence the nature and shape of decisions and actions by other agencies (particularly where those actions are "covered actions" under the Delta Reform Act). Those decisions and actions, as potentially influenced by the Delta Plan, could cause physical changes in the environment. Those potential physical changes are what the Draft P-EIR evaluated.


The Delta Plan EIR is programmatic in nature due to the broad nature of the Delta Plan. Future environmental documents would be completed by other agencies when they implement projects that are subject to consistency reviews by the Council, or which are encouraged or otherwise influenced by the Delta Plan. The programmatic EIR was not intended to provide project-level clearance for any specific project.

The comment period on the Draft Programmatic EIR for the staff draft Delta Plan closed February 2, 2012. Comment letters and other comment submissions we received are available for review at this web address: The submissions, and written responses, were published in the Final P-EIR.


The Preliminary Summary of Comments on the Delta Plan Draft P-EIR can be viewed here.


Audio Recordings of Delta Draft P-EIR Field Hearings



The Meeting Notice & the Agenda for the Draft P-EIR Field Hearings can be viewed here

The Fifth Staff Draft of the Delta Plan can be viewed here

The Draft P-EIR Field Hearing Media Advisory can be viewed here

The Draft P-EIR Field Hearing Flyer can be viewed here

El folleto de las reuniones sobre el borrador del informe P-EIR se puede ver aqui

The Notice of Availability of the Draft Program P-EIR can be viewed here

The Statement on Update of Council's P-EIR Process can be viewed here

The Draft P-EIR Status and Summary of Approach Power Point can be viewed here

The Draft P-EIR Press Release & the Council's Ex. Ofcr. Statement can be viewed here

The Draft P-EIR Public Process Update (Nov. 17, 2011 Presentation) can be viewed here


Draft P-EIR References Requested by Public


The Recirculated Portions of the Draft Programmatic EIR
(Vol. 3 of EIR process)

The Draft P-EIR, which reviewed the possible environmental consequences of the Fifth Staff Draft of the Delta Plan, was released/circulated in November, 2011 for a public review and comment period ending in February 2012. That November 2011 Draft P-EIR consisted of Volumes 1 and 2 of the EIR process.


The comments the Council received on the Draft P-EIR, as well as the draft Delta Plan itself, resulted in several changes to the draft Plan. For instance, the Final Draft Delta Plan ended up containing a suite of fourteen binding regulatory policies (instead of twelve) and seventy-one nonbinding regulations (instead of sixty-one). The Delta Plan also was substantially reorganized.


In light of the reorganization, in particular, the Council decided that an additional Draft P-EIR volume - analyzing the November 2012 Final Draft Delta Plan - was warranted for purposes of public review and comment (i.e. "recirculation"). That additional Draft P-EIR volume is Volume 3 of the EIR process. The Recirculated Draft P-EIR (Vol. 3 of EIR process) described the environmental impacts of the 2012 Final Draft Delta Plan as the "Revised Project."


The Recirculated Draft P-EIR (Vol. 3 of EIR process) was available for a 45-day public comment period allowing various stakeholder groups, communities, and other interested persons an opportunity to comment on the document.


The Recirculated Draft P-EIR (Vol. 3 of EIR process), for sake of brevity, did not repeat certain basic information contained in the Draft P-EIR (Vols. 1 & 2 of EIR process) about environmental baseline (e.g. existing physical conditions), methodological information (e.g. analytical methods, thresholds of significance, etc.), and other information that applied to all of the Delta Plan alternatives analyzed in the EIR. Rather, the Recirculated Draft P-EIR (Vol. 3 of EIR process) cross-referenced to the Draft P-EIR (Vols. 1 & 2 of EIR process) for that information.

The 45-day written comment period on the Recirculated Draft P-EIR (Vol. 3 of EIR process) commenced on Friday, November 30, 2012 and continued through (and including) Monday, January 14, 2013.


Notice of Determination


At its May 16-17, 2013 meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council certified a Final Programmatic EIR for the Delta Plan and associated Regulations, and approved the Delta Plan and the associated Regulations.


On May 17, 2013, the Council filed with the State Clearinghouse a Notice of Determination (NOD) about these actions, pursuant to Public Resources Code 21108. A copy of that NOD, filed-stamped by the State Clearinghouse, is available for viewing by clicking here.


The errata listed below included minor edits and corrections to the Final P-EIR) for the Delta Plan. These revisions did not result in new significant environmental impacts, did not constitute new information, and did not alter the conclusions of the environmental analysis.


Delta Plan Final Programmatic EIR Errata #1

Delta Plan Final Programmatic EIR Errata #2

Delta Plan Final Programmatic EIR Errata #3

Delta Plan Final Programmatic EIR Errata #4

County libraries where the Draft P-EIR (Vols. 1 & 2 of EIR process) and the Recirculated Draft P-EIR (Vol. 3 of EIR process) were available for viewing:




Alameda County Library

2450 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont CA 94538


Markleeville Library and Archives

270 Laramie Street
Markleeville, CA 96120


Amador County Library

530 Sutter Street
Jackson, CA 95642


Butte County Library

1820 Mitchell Avenue
Oroville, CA 95966


Calaveras County Library

1299 Gold Hunter Road
San Andreas, CA 95249


Colusa County Library

738 Market St.
Colusa, CA 95932

Contra Costa

Contra Costa County Library
Martinez Branch 

740 Court Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Del Norte

Del Norte County Library

190 Price Mall
Crescent City, CA 95531

El Dorado

El Dorado County Library

345 Fair Lane
Placerville, CA 95667


Fresno County Library

2420 Mariposa Street
Fresno, CA 93721


Orland Public Library

333 Mill Street
Orland, CA 95963


Humboldt County Library

1313 Third Street
Eureka, CA 95501


El Centro Public Library
Community Center Branch 

375 South 1st Street
El Centro, CA 92243


Inyo County Library

168 North Edwards Street
Indpendence, CA 93526


Kern County Library

701 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301


Kings County Library

401 North Douty Street
Hanford, CA 93230


Lake County Library

1425 North High Street
Lakeport, CA 95453


Lassen Library District

1618 Main Street
Susanville, CA 96130

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Library

630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Madera County Library

121 North G Street
Madera, CA 93637


Marin County Library

3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903


Mariposa County Library

4978 10th Street
Mariposa, CA 95338


Mendocino County Library

105 North Main Street
Ukiah, CA 95482


Merced County Library

2100 O Street
Merced, CA 95340


Modoc County Library

212 West 3rd Street
Alturas, CA 96101


Mono County Library

94 North School Street
Bridgeport, CA 93517


Monterey County Library
Seaside Branch

550 Harcourt Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955


Napa City-County Library

580 Coombs Street
Napa, CA 94559


Nevada County Library

980 Helling Way
Nevada City, CA 95959


Santa Ana Public Library

26 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701


Placer County Library

350 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603


Plumas County Library

445 Jackson Street
Quincy, CA 95971


Riverside Public Library

3581 Mission Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92501


Sacramento Public Library
Central Library

828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

San Benito

San Benito County Library

470 5th Street
Hollister, CA 95023

San Bernardino

San Bernardino Public Library

555 West 6th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410

San Diego

San Diego Public Library

820 E Street
San Diego, CA 92101

San Francisco

San Francisco Public Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

San Joaquin

Stockton-San Joaquin County Library

605 N. El Dorado Street
Stockton, CA 95202

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo County Library

995 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

San Mateo

San Mateo County Library
Foster City Branch

1000 East Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County Library

40 E. Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Santa Clara

San Jose Public Library
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library 

150 East San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA 95122

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County Library

224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Shasta County Library

1100 Parkview Avenue
Redding, CA 96001


Sierra County Library
Loyalton Station

511 Main Street
Loyalton, CA 96118


Siskiyou County Library

719 4th Street
Yreka, CA 96097


Solano County Library

1150 Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533


Sonoma County Library

211 E Street
Santa Rosa 95404


Stanislaus County Library

1500 "I" Street
Modesto, CA 95354


Sutter County Library

750 Forbes Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991


Tehama County Library

645 Madison Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080


Trinity County Library

351 Main Street
Weaverville, CA 96093


Tulare County Library

200 West Oak Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291


Tuolumne County Library

480 Greenley Road
Sonora, CA 95370


Ventura County Library

651 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001


Yolo County Library

226 Buckeye Street
Woodland, CA 95695


Yuba County Library

303 Second Street
Marysville, CA 95901


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)