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Progress on Bay Delta Conservation Plan

November 2010

With notable progress being made on a number of unresolved issues, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Steering Committee plans to release a public viewing draft Nov. 18.

A consultant to the Delta Stewardship Council outlined the work being done by lead federal and state agencies to prepare the draft, including:

• Good progress on adaptive management;

• Further definition of the proposed BDCP implementation and governance structure; and

• Release of a “roadmap” to revise BDCP goals and objectives.

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At its last meeting, the Council directed staff to prepare a draft letter to outline how the organization will interact with the BDCP process and incorporate the final BDCP into the Delta Plan.

The BDCP is intended to serve as a combined Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan, providing the basis for a single biological opinion for water operations in the Delta. It is meant to provide for conservation of sensitive species and their habitats in the Delta in a way that will protect and restore water supplies.

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)