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.
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.