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)

Final Programmatic EIR (Archive)

Notice of Determination

At its May 16-17 meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council certified a Final Program 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.

Volumes 4 and 5 - the Final Programmatic EIR for the Delta Plan

A Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) has been in production and process since 2010 to evaluate the potential environmental impact of the proposed Delta Plan that the Delta Reform Act requires the Council to prepare.  A Draft PEIR (Volumes 1 and 2) 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 PEIR (Volume 3) was completed in November 2012 and circulated for public review and comment; it evaluated the November 2012 Final Staff Draft Delta Plan.

Staff has prepared written responses to the written and oral comments received on the Draft and Recirculated Draft PEIRs.  Those responses are contained in the Final EIR (Volumes 4 and 5) posted below on this web page http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/final-programmatic-eir.  Volume 4 consists of Section 1 – Introduction, Section 2 – Evaluation of March 2013 Council-directed refinements to the November 2012 Final Staff Draft Delta Plan (concluding that PEIR recirculation is not required) and Section 3 – Public comment letters, and public comment sessions transcripts, on the November 2011 Draft PEIR and staff responses thereto.  Volume 5 consists of Section 4 – Public comment letters, and public comment sessions transcripts, on the November 2012 Recirculated Draft PEIR and staff responses thereto, Section 5 – text changes (errata) to the Draft PEIRs Volumes 1, 2 and 3, and Section 6 – list of references.

The Final PEIR (Volumes 4 and 5) are being posted here for public information, and for the benefit of government agencies (per Public Resources Code 21092.5(a)) that submitted comment letters on the Draft and Recirculated Draft PEIRs. There is no formal public review and comment period on the Final EIR, although comments are not precluded.

The Council certified the Final Program 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 Cindy.Messer@deltacouncil.ca.gov.

Binders (Chapters) of the Final PEIR (Volumes 4 and 5) - Updated May 14, 2013, for a faster download option, to add separate links to each Draft PEIR and Recirculated Draft PEIR comment letter/response; and to add Errata #2, #3, and #4.

Volume 4

  • Binder 1 (29.4 MB) High Resolution
  • Binder 1 (9.83 MB) Low Resolution
    1. Contents
    2. Abbreviations and Acronyms
    3. Introduction
    4. Minor Modifications to the Proposed Project
    5. Responses to Comments on the Draft PEIR (Federal Agencies, Tribal Organizations, and State Agencies)
      • For a faster download option of separate letters (and responses), on a letter-by-letter basis, click here.
    6. Table 3-1: List of Commenters on the Draft PEIR
    1. Responses to Comments on the Draft PEIR, Organizations and Individuals
      • For a faster download option of separate letters (and responses), on a letter-by-letter basis, click here.

Volume 5

    1. Responses to Comments on the Recirculated Draft PEIR, Federal Agencies, Tribal Organizations, State Agencies, and Local Agencies
      • For a faster download option of separate letters (and responses), on a letter-by-letter basis, click here.
    2. Table 4-1: List of Commenters on the Recirculated Draft PEIR

    1. Responses to Comments on the Recirculated Draft PEIR (Organizations)
      • For a faster download option of separate letters (and responses), on a letter-by-letter basis, click here.
    2. Revisions to the Draft and Recirculated Draft PEIR
    3. References
    4. Appendix A: Delta Plan Policies and Recommendations
    5. Appendix B: Proposed California Code of Regulations Titel 23, Division 6, Chapter 2


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

These errata include minor edits and corrections to the Final Program Environmental Impact Report (Final PEIR) for the Delta Plan. These revisions do not result in new significant environmental impacts, do not constitute new information, and do not alter the conclusions of the environmental analysis. 

Volumes 1 and 2 of the DPEIR

The comment period on the Draft Program PEIR 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: http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/public-comments. The submissions, and written responses, will be published in a Final EIR anticipated sometime in 2013.

The Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR) has been 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 is the adoption of the Delta Plan. The suite of twelve binding regulatory policies and sixty-one nonbinding recommendations contained in the fifth staff draft Delta Plan released in August 2011 is what the DPEIR calls 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, this DEIR also describes five alternatives of the Proposed Project, which are 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 DEIR includes four alternatives that are 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 does 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 DEIR evaluates.

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. This programmatic EIR is not intended to provide project-level clearance for any specific project.

The Preliminary Summary of Comments on the Delta Plan Draft EIR viewed here

Audio Recordings of Delta DPEIR Field Hearings

 

The Meeting Notice & the Agenda for the Draft PEIR Field Hearings can be viewed here

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

The Draft PEIR Field Hearing Media Advisory can be viewed here

The Draft PEIR Field Hearing Flyer can be viewedhere

El folleto de las reuniones sobre el borrador del informe PEIR se puede ver aqui

The Notice of Availability of the Draft Program PEIR can be viewed here

The Statement on Update of DSC's PEIR Process can be viewed here

The Draft PEIR Status and Summary of Approach Power Point can be viewed here

The Draft PEIR Press Release & the DSC Ex. Ofcr. Statement can be viewed here

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

Chapters of the draft PEIR (Volumes 1 and 2)

Appendicies of the draft PEIR (Volumes 1 and 2)

 Draft EIR References Requested by Public


Volume 3 of the DPEIR

The 45-day written comment period on the Recirculated DPEIR (Volume 3) commenced on Friday, November 30, 2012 and continued through (and including) Monday, January 14, 2013.

The Council requests that comments be limited to the analysis in the Recirculated DPEIR (Volume 3).

Recirculated DPEIR (Volume 3) and NOA:

Background:

The Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR), 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 DPEIR consisted of Volumes 1 and 2. 

The comments the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) received on the DPEIR, as well as the draft Delta Plan itself, resulted in several changes to the draft Plan. For instance, the Final Draft Delta Plan now contains 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 PEIR volume - analyzing the November 2012 Final Draft Delta Plan - was warranted for purposes of public review and comment (i.e. "recirculation"). That additional DPEIR volume is Volume 3. The Recirculated DPEIR (Volume 3) describes the environmental impacts of the 2012 Final Draft Delta Plan as the "Revised Project."

The Recirculated DPEIR (Volume 3) is 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 DPEIR (Volume 3), for sake of brevity, does not repeat certain basic information contained in Volumes 1 and 2 about environmental baseline (e.g. existing physical conditions), methodological information (e.g. analytical methods, thresholds of significance, etc.), and other information that applies to all of the Delta Plan alternatives analyzed in the EIR. Rather, Volume 3 cross-references to Volumes 1 and 2 for that information.

Comments on the previously-circulated DPEIR Volumes 1 and 2 will be considered by the Council and responded to in writing in a Final PEIR in 2013. Comments on Volume 3 received through January 14, 2013 will also be considered by the Council and responded to in writing in that Final PEIR. 

Lastly, please note that the November 2012 Final Draft Delta Plan will also serve as the basis for circulation of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to commence the process to give the fourteen policies regulatory effect.

County libraries where Volumes 1 & 2 (the DPEIR) and Volume 3 (the R-DPEIR) can be viewed:

 

 

   

Alameda

Alameda County Library

2450 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont CA 94538

Alpine

Markleeville Library and Archives

270 Laramie Street
Markleeville, CA 96120

Amador

Amador County Library

530 Sutter Street
Jackson, CA 95642

Butte

Butte County Library

1820 Mitchell Avenue
Oroville, CA 95966

Calaveras

Calaveras County Library

1299 Gold Hunter Road
San Andreas, CA 95249

Colusa

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

Fresno County Library

2420 Mariposa Street
Fresno, CA 93721

Glenn

Orland Public Library

333 Mill Street
Orland, CA 95963

Humboldt

Humboldt County Library

1313 Third Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Imperial

El Centro Public Library
Community Center Branch 

375 South 1st Street
El Centro, CA 92243

Inyo

Inyo County Library

168 North Edwards Street
Indpendence, CA 93526

Kern

Kern County Library

701 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Kings

Kings County Library

401 North Douty Street
Hanford, CA 93230

Lake

Lake County Library

1425 North High Street
Lakeport, CA 95453

Lassen

Lassen Library District

1618 Main Street
Susanville, CA 96130

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Library

630 West 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Madera

Madera County Library

121 North G Street
Madera, CA 93637

Marin

Marin County Library

3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

Mariposa

Mariposa County Library

4978 10th Street
Mariposa, CA 95338

Mendocino

Mendocino County Library

105 North Main Street
Ukiah, CA 95482

Merced

Merced County Library

2100 O Street
Merced, CA 95340

Modoc

Modoc County Library

212 West 3rd Street
Alturas, CA 96101

Mono

Mono County Library

94 North School Street
Bridgeport, CA 93517

Monterey

Monterey County Library
Seaside Branch

550 Harcourt Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955

Napa

Napa City-County Library

580 Coombs Street
Napa, CA 94559

Nevada

Nevada County Library

980 Helling Way
Nevada City, CA 95959

Orange

Santa Ana Public Library

26 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Placer

Placer County Library

350 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603

Plumas

Plumas County Library

445 Jackson Street
Quincy, CA 95971

Riverside

Riverside Public Library

3581 Mission Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92501

Sacramento

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

Shasta County Library

1100 Parkview Avenue
Redding, CA 96001

Sierra

Sierra County Library
Loyalton Station

511 Main Street
Loyalton, CA 96118

Siskiyou

Siskiyou County Library

719 4th Street
Yreka, CA 96097

Solano

Solano County Library

1150 Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533

Sonoma

Sonoma County Library

211 E Street
Santa Rosa 95404

Stanislaus

Stanislaus County Library

1500 "I" Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Sutter

Sutter County Library

750 Forbes Avenue
Yuba City, CA 95991

Tehama

Tehama County Library

645 Madison Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080

Trinity

Trinity County Library

351 Main Street
Weaverville, CA 96093

Tulare

Tulare County Library

200 West Oak Avenue
Visalia, CA 93291

Tuolumne

Tuolumne County Library

480 Greenley Road
Sonora, CA 95370

Ventura

Ventura County Library

651 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Yolo

Yolo County Library

226 Buckeye Street
Woodland, CA 95695

Yuba

Yuba County Library

303 Second Street
Marysville, CA 95901

 

 

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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

To view the Appeals Procedures adopted by the Council on Sept. 24, 2010, please click here.