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JUNE 18, 2014

RELIABLE WATER SUPPLIES
FOR ABOUT $5 PER MONTH

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) seeks to protect the reliability of California’s two largest water projects that tap a major source of supply – the Sierra Nevada mountains - by improving how water moves through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (Delta) . The price of reliable water supplies from BDCP implementation is projected at about $5 a month for urban water users. Ratepayers from the Bay Area to San Diego who rely on water from the Sierra Nevada mountains, by way of the Delta, will pay for the water delivery improvements – an estimated $14.5 billion over the project’s 50-year implementation period.

As one part of the state’s overall water plan, the BDCP’s proposed water delivery improvements seek to stabilize Delta water supplies, respond to climate change, and protect against natural disasters.  For farming communities that depend on imported Delta supplies in the San Joaquin Valley, the potential for new local supplies, particularly groundwater, is limited. For urban communities facing population growth, climate change and other pressures, BDCP does not eliminate the need for investment in conservation and local water supplies such as recycling, groundwater cleanup and desalination. The BDCP is expected to provide, on average, supplies comparable to those delivered over the last 20 years at the cost of about $800-900 per acre-foot of water* for urban areas.  (One acre-foot is about as much water as two California households use each year).

*Urban water treatment and transportation is factored into cost range.  

COMMENT PERIOD FOR DRAFT IMPLEMENTING AGREEMENT, DRAFT BDCP AND ASSOCIATED DRAFT EIR/EIS

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the California Natural Resources Agency released the Draft Implementing Agreement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (IA) for a 60-day public review and comment period. 

Lead state and federal agencies have also extended the public comment period for the Draft BDCP and associated Draft EIR/EIS by an additional 46 days to allow the public more time to review and comment. The comment period began on December 13, 2013 and will conclude on July 29, 2014.

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WHAT DOES THE DRAFT IMPLEMENTING AGREEMENT DO?

The BDCP draft Implementing Agreement defines the obligations of the Department of Water Resources, the participating public water agencies, the state and federal fish and wildlife agencies, State of California, and the United States regarding the implementation of the BDCP. Many key elements of the draft BDCP are incorporated by reference, such as the conservation strategy, governance structure, implementation schedule, and public funding to be made available by state and federal governments. 

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