Draft Delta Plan EIR - Dec. 8, 2011


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Draft Delta Plan EIR - Dec. 8, 2011

  1. 1. Draft Delta Plan EIR Imported Water Committee December 8, 2011
  2. 2.  Created Delta Stewardship Council  Required DSC to write Delta Plan, coordinating all other plans in the Delta  Achieve co-equal goals  Water Supply Reliability  Ecosystem Restoration  Due January 1, 2012 2 2009 Delta Reform Act
  3. 3. Delta Stewardship Council  Prepared five drafts of Delta Plan in 2011  Water Authority commented on various drafts  Staff participated in ACWA Ag-Urban Caucus, which submitted an Alternate Plan 3
  4. 4. Draft EIR  Draft EIR is based on Fifth Draft of the Delta Plan  Fifth Draft is preferred alternative  Five alternatives were rejected in the Draft EIR, including ACWA Alternate Plan  Comment period has been extended to February 2, 2012 4
  5. 5. 5  The preferred alternative does not provide a plan to build a Delta fix in terms of infrastructure  The preferred alternative concentrates on regulating water suppliers’ efforts to reduce demand for water from the Delta  The preferred alternative also relies on flow criteria, which will restrict exports Deficiencies in the Draft EIR
  6. 6. Deficiencies in the Draft EIR  Under the Delta Reform Act, the DSC must include the BDCP in the Delta Plan, if it qualifies as an NCCP  The preferred alternative does not address a means of incorporating the BDCP into the Delta Plan  The Delta Plan does not address an alternative to the BDCP, should the BDCP fail to be approved 6
  7. 7. Policies The preferred alternative includes a set of regulatory policies:  Water Suppliers must include Water Reliability Element in their Urban Water Management Plans  Update Delta flow requirements  New water use or transfers must be transparent 7
  8. 8. Policies  Habitat restoration activities must be consistent with an adopted Conservation Strategy  All other actions must avoid or mitigate lost opportunities for habitat restoration  Agencies working on levees must increase the extent of floodplains and levee setbacks 8
  9. 9. Policies  Agencies must prevent or mitigate for invasive species in the Delta  Encroachments on floodplains or bypasses must be mitigated 9
  10. 10. Comments  The preferred alternative:  Does not say how it will achieve coequal goals  Does not provide for construction of infrastructure, other than calling for completion of BDCP  Does not analyze how increasing freshwater flows in the Delta will affect ecosystem restoration 10
  11. 11. Comments  The preferred alternative:  Dismisses ACWA Alternate Plan without analysis  Assumes regulatory powers that were not intended by the Legislature 11
  12. 12. Next Step  Water Authority provides comments to the Delta Stewardship Council on the Draft EIR by February 2, 2012 12