Jun 12 2014

Delta Water Project Comment Period Extended

A Summer Reading Project for Water Customers –

Richard Sykes, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Director of Water Supply, encourages District residents to read and comment on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). On Wednesday, June 11, Sykes told District community leaders that the largest water infrastructure project in the U.S. includes three new Sacramento River intakes and 30-mile long, large diameter tunnels. A new Joint Powers Authority (JPA) would prescribe the roles, responsibilities, and authorities of the newly created Design and Construction Enterprise (DCE) to carry out the project. Many design elements of importance to local communities situated near the project footprint (including EBMUD’s right to 133,000 acre feet of water from the Sacramento River) are still to be determined. The DCE would become the lead interface with local governments and the public about design and construction impacts.

The proposed conservation plan is intended to provide reliable operation of California’s two biggest water delivery projects, while developing habitat protection strategies for dozens of species of fish and wildlife. Instead of cutting off public comment on June 13, the new deadline is July 29, 2014, allowing more time to read the 20,000 page plan and environmental impact report.

How to  comment on the BDCP.

Find all BDCP documents here.


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