Thursday, November 3, 2011

Delta Stewardship Council to Release Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Delta Plan on November 4

The Delta Stewardship Council issued a public notice today advising that the Delta Plan Environmental Impact Report ("EIR") will be released tomorrow, November 4, 2011.

The Delta Plan, a mandate of SBX7-1 of California's landmark 2009 water legislation, requires that the Council develop, adopt and carry out a comprehensive long-term management plan for the Delta (“Delta Plan”). The Delta Plan must include measures that promote: (1) viable populations of aquatic and terrestrial species; (2) functional corridors for migratory species; (3) diverse habitats; (4) reduced threats; (5) more reliable water supplies; (6) improved water quality; and (7) the economic vitality of the State. It must also include recommendations promoting statewide water conservation, options for new and improved infrastructure relating to water conveyance in the Delta, and in-Delta disaster and risk reduction considerations.

According to the Council's public notice,
[T]he Delta Plan sets forth regulatory policies, and recommendations, that seek to influence the actions, activities and projects of cities, counties, and State, federal, regional and local agencies toward meeting the goals in the five topic areas. Examples of the types of actions/activities the Delta Plan seeks to influence include, but are not limited to: new or expanded water storage reservoirs; wetlands and riparian restoration; invasive species management; water flow patterns in the Delta; water, wastewater, stormwater and agricultural runoff water treatment; levee modification and construction; floodplain expansion; new/improved active and passive recreation opportunities in the Delta.
The draft Delta Plan is the proposed project to be evaluated in the EIR. The EIR will be available online at the Council's website, and we will also post a link to the EIR here on the blog.

The Council will accept public comments on the Delta Plan EIR until January 3, 2012. Comments may be sent via regular mail to "EIR Comments", Delta Stewardship Council, 980 Ninth Street, Suite 1500, Sacramento, California 95814. Comments may also be submitted electronically through the Council's website or via email with the subject line “Draft EIR” to

The Council will also accept public comments, either in writing or orally, at two meetings:
Thursday, November 17, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento

Thursday, December 15, 2011
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
California State Capitol, Room 447, Sacramento
A PowerPoint presentation prepared by the Council on the status of the development of the EIR may be found here.

For more information regarding this matter, please contact Eric Adair or the KMTG attorney with whom you normally consult.

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