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Major environmental report released on Delta water tunnels project

File: Water is held back from a lower-elevation farm (R) by a section of Highway 4 that serves as a levee road in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, west of Stockton.
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Water is held back from a lower-elevation farm (R) by a section of Highway 4 that serves as a levee road in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, west of Stockton, California.

Drafts of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan were released Monday and have renewed debate on the $24.7 billion plan. The goal of the BDCP is to improve the condition and conservation of the diverse ecosystem that exists in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta while creating an efficient water delivery system.

Drafts of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan were released Monday and have renewed debate on the $24.7 billion plan. The goal of the BDCP is to improve the condition and conservation of the diverse ecosystem that exists in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta while creating an efficient water delivery system. The plan, which is supported by Governor Jerry Brown, proposes to build a tunnel system to bypass the Delta while providing water to other areas in the state.

How will the Bay Delta Conservation Plan impact the ecology of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta?  What are the benefits of the plan? Will you be providing comment on the EIS?

The public comment period on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will begin on Friday, December 14, and will run until April 14, 2014.

Guests:

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Executive Director, Restore the Delta

Paul Helliker, Deputy Director, California Department of Water Resources

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