Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement today on proposed changes to the conveyance portion of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Among the changes announced is a proposal to eliminate three pumping plants on the east bank of the Sacramento River between Hood and Walnut Grove. The elimination of the plants is intended to lessen the project’s impact on local landowners and species habitat.
“ACWA views these proposed changes as a positive step forward in crafting a solution to the problems plaguing the Delta. These refinements to the project show that public and scientific input gathered under the CEQA process is paying off in helping to develop a viable project.
“ACWA supports Delta improvements that seek to improve water supply reliability for all Californians as a central component of a comprehensive water plan for the state. As the BDCP and its environmental documents are recirculated in 2015, we hope interested parties will continue to work together to craft long-term solutions for this vital waterway.”