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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.
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.
- National Marine Fisheries Service CVP and SWP Operations and Criteria Plan (OCAP) Website Exit
- US Fish and Wildlife Service Water Project (CVP and SWP OCAP) Biological Opinion Website Exit
- National Research Council -- Scientific Assessment of Alternatives for Reducing Water Management Effects of Threatened and Endangered Fishes in California's Bay-Delta Exit
- Independent Review of US FWS Biological Opinion effects analysis for the State Water Project and Central Valley Project Operations Criteria and Plan impact on federally threatened species delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus), October 21, 2009 (PDF) (149 pp, 2 MB)
- State Water Resources Control Board Water Rights Decision 1641 (D-1641) Implementation of Water Quality Objectives for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary Exit
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife Water Project Operations Website Exit