Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR and EIS case study


Courtesy of

California Department of Water Resources
California, USA

The California Bay Delta provides water for nearly two-thirds of Californians and provides abundant agricultural resources. In this midst live hundreds of aquatic and terrestrial species, including many that are threatened or endangered. Since the 1960s, debates about how to preserve the Delta have brought few concrete results. In 2006, California took a major step to develop a solution for the Delta by embracing the dual goals of ecosystem restoration and creating a reliable water supply as co-equal parts of the path forward. The resulting Bay Delta Conservation Plan provides a collaborative process to address elements of water conveyance, storage, quality and conservation, along with ecosystem restoration, the impact of climate change and the need for improved emergency response and flood protection.

HDR is charged with preparing the comprehensive environmental impact report and environmental impact statement (EIR/EIS) required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EIR/EIS will explain the impacts and benefits of alternatives for restoration and conservation identified in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The effort includes public involvement and a transparent process to meet expectations for disclosure of the environmental impacts to the public and decision makers.

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