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Release of Bay Delta Conservation Plan Preliminary Draft Marks Important Milestone

Posted: March 14, 2013 11:41 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2013 11:41 a.m.

Sacramento, CA – Today, the California Natural Resources Agency released the first four chapters of the preliminary draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The rest of the chapters will be released in stages throughout March and April. The release of this draft marks an important step in the effort to restore the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) and secure the water supply for 25 million Californians and millions of acres of farmland. This draft has been in development for seven years and explains in detail the planned conveyance facilities and habitat improvements under review. Releasing this information to the public is a testament to the state and federal governments’ commitment to ensuring all stakeholders are engaged in this important process. You can find the first four chapters of the BCDP and additional informational materials here.

“The release of the preliminary draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a culmination of seven years of rigorous scientific research and planning, and we applaud the Brown and Obama Administrations for their dedication and progress on this important project. The situation in the Delta has long been unsustainable and this milestone means we are that much closer to having the reliable water infrastructure our state is currently lacking. A formal public draft is expected to be released in July, and we encourage both administrations to keep up their pace to meet that deadline - the fragile Delta ecosystem and tens of millions of Californians are counting on it.”


The State Water Contractors is a statewide, non-profit association of 27 public agencies from Northern, Central and Southern California that purchase water under contract from the California State Water Project. Collectively the State Water Contractors deliver water to more than 25 million residents throughout the state and more than 750,000 acres of agricultural lands. For more information on the State Water Contractors, please visit

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