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Bay Delta Conservation Plan Preliminary Draft Released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 14, 2013

Farmers, Business, Local Government, Water Leaders Voice Support at Important Milestone

Los Angeles, CA - The California Natural Resources Agency today posted the first four chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Preliminary Draft. The highly-anticipated document is a major milestone in the 7-year BDCP process, and stakeholders from throughout the Southern California region are applauding this critical step.

“Restoring the state’s water supply reliability is our organization’s number one priority, and we are pleased that the state and federal agencies have reached this critical point in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan process,” said Charles Wilson, chairman of the Southern California Water Committee.

The BDCP is a joint state and federal effort to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) ecosystem and build new, more reliable and environmentally-compatible water supply infrastructure to deliver water to 25 million Californians, three million acres of farmland and businesses throughout the state. The plan includes extensive habitat restoration and a water delivery system—a set of twin tunnels—that would divert a portion of water at a point on the Sacramento River north of the Delta. The plan is being designed to meet the needs of the environment, people and the economy for the next 50 years.

Stakeholder organizations throughout California have voiced their support today for the BDCP and this important milestone.

“Businesses, farmers, local elected leaders and public water agencies are all stepping up to support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan,” added Wilson. “Southern California leaders recognize that stable, reliable water supplies are essential for people, businesses and farms throughout California—and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will help us secure those supplies.”

California needs a new water conveyance system that restores reliability for the state’s public water agencies, both urban and agricultural, and it needs to withstand the next 50 years of environmental challenges—from sea level rise to earthquakes.  For many, the project that holds the most promise is the set of twin-tunnels and habitat restoration being studied under the BDCP. During the next several weeks, the state and federal agencies that have been developing the plan will be releasing the remaining chapters of the BDCP Preliminary Draft.

For more information on the BDCP, please visit www.socalwater.org/delta-disrupted or www.baydeltaconservationplan.org. Additional informational materials are also available here.

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What SCWC Members & Southern California Leaders Are Saying

“California’s agricultural sector needs a reliable water supply to succeed, this is no secret. Farms all across our great state produce the food that ends up in homes, lunch bags and restaurants all over the world.  The progress being made on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan means we are getting that much closer to having the secure and reliable water supply that is absolutely vital to farming.”

Eric Larson, Executive Director
San Diego County Farm Bureau

“A house is not a home without a safe, secure and reliable water supply. The Building Industry Association of Southern California’s (BIASC) members build homes for California’s families and have a vested interest in long–term water supply infrastructure planning and construction.  BIASC applauds the California Natural Resources Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on their completion of the administrative draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. This advancement will allow our state to move closer to providing a safe and secure water supply for 25 million Californians while also restoring the delicate ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. We are glad to see such progress on this important project.”

David W. Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer
Building Industry Association of Southern California

“Los Angeles area businesses rely on water for success, which is why the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has long championed the state and federal governments taking the necessary steps to secure our water supplies that come from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The release of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan is an important step in that process and we applaud the Obama and Brown administrations for advancing this project - our residents and businesses are dependent on its success.”

Gary Toebben, President & CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a smart path for investing in our statewide water infrastructure and the state’s progress on the plan is commendable. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan would restore reliable water supplies from the Bay Area down through Southern California. At the same time, it would create more than 136,000 much-needed new jobs. We look forward to seeing the plan move forward throughout the year.”

Michael D’Antuono, Vice President Capital Improvement Programs
National Construction Alliance (International Union of Operating Engineers & United Brotherhood of Carpenters)

“The effort to identify a comprehensive solution for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has reached an important milestone.  Today’s release of the initial draft chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan provides important details on the strategy to couple much-needed conveyance improvements in the estuary along with important habitat restoration. While considerable work and many key decisions lie ahead, a significant project for the people and economy of California is taking shape.  Metropolitan commends the efforts of Gov. Brown and his administration to advance a full proposal for federal review.”

Jeffrey Kightlinger, General Manager
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

“We can't conserve water we don't have. While urban areas of Southern California have been successful in stretching local water resources, supplies brought to us from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are key to conservation, water recycling and replenishing local aquifers. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan will help ensure that we have reliable imported supplies, as it seeks to balance the needs of both people and the environment—two very important goals. We’re pleased to see the progress that has been made during the course of the past seven years on this plan, and we look forward to the final result.”

Adan Ortega, Chairman of the Board
Mujeres de la Tierra

“Santa Margarita Water District is very supportive of the collective efforts of the state and federal governments to forward the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The BDCP is important to both the restoration of habitat in the Delta Region and the enhancement of reliability of the State Water Project. It is an investment vital to all of California.”

Roger Faubel, President, Board of Directors
Santa Margarita Water District

“Today marks a critical milestone in moving us all towards the urgent goals of ensuring the environmental health of the Bay Delta – as well as its stability and reliability as one of the state’s primary water supplies.”

Tracy Rafter, CEO
Los Angeles County BizFed

“A reliable water supply is essential to California’s and Orange County’s economy.  Southern California water deliveries continue to suffer cutbacks due to conflicts with endangered species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and remain at risk of long-term interruptions from seismic threats.  The release of the administrative draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is an important step in constructing a permanent solution for these ongoing challenges with our water supply. OCBC commends Governor Brown for thoughtfully pressing forward toward resolution of California’s most fundamental issue curtailing environmental and economic progress.”

Lucy Dunn, President & CEO
Orange County Business Council

“Castaic Lake Water Agency is pleased that the Department of Water Resources and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation have completed the administrative draft of the BDCP environmental document.  This is an important milestone in the effort for California to meet its dual goals of environmental restoration and water supply reliability.  The no or little action alternatives being voiced by some do little to address Californians exposure to an economic disaster when the inevitable Bay- Area earthquake occurs and the Delta levees collapse.”


Dan Masnada, General Manager
Castaic Lake Water Agency

“For too long our state has relied on a water delivery system dependent on fragile levees; this is bad for Californians and bad for business. The completion of the administrative draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan moves us one step closer to a safe and reliable water supply and the restoration of the Delta ecosystem. It is important we invest in the Delta ecosystem and the state’s infrastructure and we are pleased to see the state and federal governments doing just that.”

Pat Kistler, Board President
Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties

“Water supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are crucial to farmers throughout California, from the Central Valley throughout the Southern California region. It is imperative that we identify and implement a long-term fix for the Delta that provides better water supply reliability and predictability for agricultural interests and the troubled ecosystem. Progress announced today in advancing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is an important step for all of California and my friends within the agricultural community.”

A.G. Kawamura
Former California Secretary of Food & Agriculture

“As a region that has very limited sources of local water supplies, the residents, farmers and businesses of Kern County are all dependent on water that comes from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This water is vital to our economy and livelihoods. The progress being made on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is crucial to securing our primary source of water for the next 50 years, ensuring our region can continue to grow food for millions of people in California and throughout the country.”

Supervisor David Couch
County of Kern

“We are encouraged by the recent progress made on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The Obama and Brown administrations have worked tirelessly to explore all potential options and have crafted a science-based plan that will both restore the Delta ecosystem and secure the water supply for the vast majority of Californians. The various alternatives that have been presented and studied have all fallen short. It is important that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan continue to advance because it provides the operational flexibility needed to ensure a reliable water supply for the next 50 years, even in the face of potential natural disasters, dry spells or impacts from climate change.”

Rick Hansen, General Manager
Three Valleys Municipal Water District

“Orange County continues to make progress on local water supply sources and conservation efforts, but remains reliant on imported water from the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The completion of the administrative draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a great achievement. This project will help protect and restore the Delta ecosystem while also making our state’s water supply reliable for the 25 million Californians that depend on this water, including those of us in Orange County.”

Chairman Shawn Nelson
County of Orange

“The Valley Industry & Commerce Association has long believed the status quo in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to be unsustainable so we are encouraged by the completion of the administrative draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Not only will this project help secure the water supply for 25 million Californians and restore the Delta ecosystem, but the 136,000 jobs the Bay Delta Conservation Plan would create will help to revitalize California’s economy as well. We look forward to this project moving forward.”
 
David Adelman, Chairman
Valley Industry & Commerce Association

“Southern California has worked hard to increase its water use efficiency, implementing innovative programs to conserve, capture, store and recycle local supplies. Those efforts are crucial as our imported water supplies lack reliability. While we make important new advancements in our local water supply projects, it’s important that the state and federal governments advance the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which will help improve the reliability of supplies for our region from the Bay-Delta. We applaud today’s announcement as an important step forward.”

Eunice Ulloa, Councilmember
City of Chino

“The Orange County Farm Bureau represents thousands of local agricultural workers whose jobs depend on water from the Delta region.  This is why we are pleased by the completion of the administrative draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Advancing this project will allow our farmers to continue producing the food that feeds our nation while knowing the state and federal governments have taken steps to secure the water that is crucial to their operations.”

Robert Seat, Director
Orange County Farm Bureau

“South Bay businesses and residents depend on water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The completion of the draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a noteworthy step in the advancement of this important project. Providing water supply reliability for 50 years will give California’s economy and businesses much-needed assurance.”

Joe Ahn, Board Chairman
South Bay Association of Chambers of Commerce 

“California’s primary water delivery system needs an overhaul to ensure reliable water supplies for businesses, residents and farms throughout California, and specifically here in San Bernardino County. The current infrastructure that delivers our drinking water supplies are aging and vulnerable to earthquakes. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is the best option for protecting our water supplies and helping restore the Delta’s fragile ecosystem, and we applaud the progress announced today.”

Doug Headrick, General Manager
San Bernardino Municipal Valley Water District

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is moving forward and this is good news for the residents of Laguna Woods and the tens of millions of other Californians who rely on water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The completion of the administrative draft is an important milestone for the project and the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation deserve many thanks for their efforts.”

Bert Hack, Councilmember
City of Laguna Woods

"Moulton Niguel Water District and our 170,000 customers are completely dependent on water supplies that are imported via the Delta and Colorado River.  Our district has made great progress on conservation efforts and we now meet almost 25% of our demand with recycled water. However, those local efforts can't replace our reliance on imported supplies, which have unfortunately been unreliable due to regulatory cutbacks. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan will smooth out that reliability and help ensure a high-quality supply of water for our residents and businesses."

Larry McKenney
Board of Directors
Moulton Niguel Water District

“Mojave Water Agency views the release of the BDCP chapters as a significant milestone toward developing balanced solutions for our water supply, ecosystem, and economy.  As we enter another year where available water supplies are severely impaired, we are reminded that this is a critical time for California to address these issues, and we welcome the opportunity to participate in the process to craft a vision for a vibrant California.”

Kirby Brill, General Manager
Mojave Water Agency

“Assuring a reliable supply of water is the top priority for Riverside County farmers and ranchers. Without a high quality, cost effective and reliable supply of water, our farming community cannot provide the rich bounty of crops that help supply our nation, including citrus, grapes, berries, dates and much more. Progress on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is imperative and we support its continued study and advancement.”
 
John Fricker, Water Advisor
Riverside County Farm Bureau

“Kern County farmers play a central role in our nation’s food supply system and California’s economy. Crops grown in our fertile region help feed the nation’s children but we unfortunately suffer from ongoing cuts to and instability in our water supplies due to ever increasing regulatory restriction. We continue to carefully review the development of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, with a focus on improving the reliability of our contracted water supply and the associated costs to our farmers, but are pleased to see the program advancing.”

Jason Gianquinto, Director
Kern County Farm Bureau &
General Manager, Semitropic Water Storage District

“The completion of the draft of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is an important step toward protecting the water supply for two out of three Californians and restoring the environment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The threat of earthquakes or other natural disasters is great and the fragile levees currently protecting our water supply will not suffice on their own. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan will put the necessary infrastructure in place to ensure that should these levees fail, the water supply for 25 million people and millions of acres of farmland will be protected.”

Supervisor Marion Ashley
County of Riverside

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is critical to water reliability in the State of California, Southern California and Orange County.  Achieving a balanced approach that supports reliable water deliveries and environmental sustainability of the Bay-Delta region is critical to California’s multi-trillion dollar economy.  The Municipal Water District of Orange County applauds the collaborative efforts toward completion of the preliminary draft of the Plan and looks forward to continuing the dialogue and process.”

President Joan Finnegan
Municipal Water District of Orange County

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