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San Francisco Bay Delta

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

EPA is supporting the development of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). ExitThe BDCP is a proposed habitat conservation plan under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). BDCP is intended to contribute to recovery of endangered fish populations and improve water supply reliability by constructing new water delivery infrastructure, identifying a long-term water operations plan for State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) water storage and delivery systems, and restoring tidal and freshwater aquatic habitat and upland habitats.

EPA has two roles in the BDCP. First, EPA will be reviewing the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is developed for the BDCP under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Second, EPA will review any necessary Clean Water Act (CWA) permits required for BDCP projects to ensure the projects protect aquatic life and water quality.

Recent EPA correspondence with the BDCP lead federal agencies.

Today, CVP and SWP are operated to comply with permits under the federal and State Endangered Species Acts and Clean Water Acts.  The list below contains links to information about these regulatory instruments.  These permits would be adjusted or replaced if BDCP is approved and implemented.

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