SOURCE: CA Department of Water Resources

February 18, 2009 13:35 ET

Public Scoping Meetings Scheduled for BDCP Environmental Review Process

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - State and federal agencies in March will host a series of statewide public scoping meetings to solicit input and participation from the public, Tribes, and agencies in the environmental review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

BDCP is a planning and environmental permitting process to restore habitat for Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fisheries in a way that reliably delivers water supplies to 25 million Californians. Once complete, the plan will identify actions to improve water supply reliability, improve the ecosystem of the Delta, and aid in the recovery of several at-risk species.

A joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) is currently being prepared by the California Department of Water Resources, the Bureau of Reclamation, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Studies to support the EIR/EIS will evaluate water conveyance options, potential habitat restoration measures and management strategies, endangered species protection, and other resource issues including invasive species and toxic pollutants. The EIR/EIS will also address issues related to levee stability, seismic concerns, and climate change.

The meetings will be an open house format to allow the public to attend at any time during the 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. allotted time. (The meetings in Los Angeles and Sacramento are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. because of facility constraints.) The meetings will also provide an opportunity to discuss the current status of the BDCP. For more information about the BDCP EIR/EIS environmental review process, visit http://www.water.ca.gov/deltainit/bdcp.cfm. This website will also provide links to more information about the BDCP planning process and the Draft Overview Conservation Measures Strategy.

BDCP public scoping meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

March 9, 2009 - Chico
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Chico Masonic Family Center
1110 West East Avenue, Chico, CA 95926

March 10, 2009 - San Jose
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
San Jose Marriot
301 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113

March 11, 2009 - Bakersfield
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bakersfield Marriot at the Convention Center
801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93301

March 12, 2009 - Los Angeles
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Junipero Serra State Building
320 West Fourth, Los Angeles, CA 90013

March 16, 2009 - San Diego
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivera Way, San Diego, CA 92109

March 17, 2009 - Merced
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Merced High School
205 West Olive Avenue, Merced, CA 95344

March 18, 2009 - Davis
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Center
203 East 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616

March 19, 2009 - Sacramento
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street, Sacramento CA 95814

March 23, 2009 - Brentwood
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Brentwood Community Multipurpose Room
730 Third Street, Brentwood, CA 94513

March 24, 2009 - Stockton
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium
525 North Center Street, Stockton, CA 95202

March 25, 2009 - Fairfield
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield, CA 94533

March 26, 2009 - Clarksburg
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Clarksburg Community Church
52910 Netherlands Avenue, Clarksburg, CA 95612

The Department of Water Resources operates and maintains the State Water Project, provides dam safety and flood control and inspection services, assists local water districts in water management and water conservation planning, and plans for future statewide water needs. http://water.ca.gov

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 western states. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at http://www.usbr.gov.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources. Visit http://www.noaa.gov

California Department of Fish and Game maintains native fish, wildlife, plant species and natural communities for their intrinsic and ecological value and their benefits to people. This includes habitat protection and maintenance in a sufficient amount and quality to ensure the survival of all species and natural communities. The department is also responsible for the diversified use of fish and wildlife including recreational, commercial, scientific and educational uses. http://www.dfg.ca.gov