Latest on BDCP: Some “Hard-Earned Progress”
Oct. 8, 2014
By General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger
The ongoing state-federal effort to modernize the water system and help restore its ecosystem in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is in one of those internal phases of activity. Yet as the California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin told our Board of Directors recently, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is making some “hard-earned progress.” That progress will be evident in the coming weeks and months with new public details on the next steps toward a final plan. For now, here is a brief status report on two important developments that are under way:
Finalizing the environmental review. Since the closing of the comment period for the draft environmental documents on July 29, the BDCP has been going through the standard process of reviewing all the comments and determining what additions or refinements to the analysis should be recirculated for additional public review and comment. This “recirculation” is a common step prior to finalizing the environmental review. The scale and complexity of the BDCP makes this anything but standard. Possible modifications to the water system improvements could require some modest new environmental analysis. Explaining how the BDCP will meet water quality standards, as another example in the news, is important. When the BDCP analysis is complete, it will be the most exhaustive and thoroughly reviewed effort of its kind for any water project ever in California, and arguably the nation.
Allocating Costs Among BDCP Participants. The public water agencies (State Water Project contractors such as Metropolitan as well as agencies receiving supplies from the federal Central Valley Project) participating in the BDCP will pay for the water intakes and twin tunnels. The SWP contractors have made considerable progress in identifying how to pay their portion of this project. A modernized water system in the Delta has quantifiable water supply benefits. Investment in the BDCP, and the level of investment, is the path to receiving these benefits. Click here for Metropolitan’s most recent look at the BDCP cost allocation.
It has taken eight years, countless meetings and tens of thousands of pages of analysis to get the BDCP to a point where the finish line, and historic decisions, is within reach. Water planning is not a field for the impatient. We are getting there.
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