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January 21, 2014
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Safeguarding Southern California’s Imported Supply: Local Open Houses

Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta

Southland residents will have an opportunity to learn first-hand from state and federal agency officials about a comprehensive proposal designed to safeguard public water supplies from Northern California. About 30 percent of all water used in Southern California comes from the North. These supplies also help refill reservoirs and groundwater banks. Known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), this state and federal effort reached a milestone with the release of a comprehensive public draft on Dec. 13 and the opening of a 120-day review/comment period.

There will be three local public open house meetings in Southern California as part of BDCP’s statewide outreach process that will lead to a final plan:

  • Feb. 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center,
  • Feb. 5 at the Ontario Convention Center, and
  • Feb. 6 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The open houses are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature 15 different stations, where experts from state and federal agencies, along with the BDCP consulting team, will be available to explain the various water system and ecosystem proposals and the expected potential impacts. A stenographer at a separate station will listen and record public comments. Here is more information on how to comment, and how to access BDCP background materials.

BDCP is composed of two different planning efforts with thousands of pages of draft analysis. BDCP includes a detailed water modernization plan to better protect supplies by constructing new intakes on the Sacramento River and transporting that supply via twin tunnels (9,000 cubic feet per second combined capacity) to the existing California Aqueduct. It also includes a strategy of how to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta habitat. BDCP has produced an exhaustive environmental analysis of the draft tunnel proposal as well as more than a dozen other alternatives.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is among the public water agencies that are funding the BDCP process as part of its effort to maintain reliable imported supplies while advancing conservation and continuing to develop local supplies within our six-county service area. The proposal to modernize the Delta water conveyance system is essential in protecting this vital supply. Metropolitan recently compared BDCP to six benchmarks it set for a Delta solution in 2007. While many details have yet to be finalized, the current design of the BDCP aligns with Southern California’s goals.

BDCP is a historic effort to solve one of California’s most challenging water problems. The local public open house meetings represent an important way to learn and get engaged.

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