The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) strives to stabilize water deliveries and revitalize the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. A new statewide economic analysis reports it will save one million jobs and provide a net boost of $4.8 billion to $5.4 billion to California’s economy. The report released yesterday, looked at anticipated costs and benefits over the 50-year duration of the BDCP.
“We strongly support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan process and its co-equal objectives of securing a reliable water supply for the many cities and farms that cannot survive without water delivered through the Delta, and restoration of the Delta’s troubled ecosystem,” said Dave Puglia, Western Growers’ senior vice president of state government affairs and communications in response to the report’s release.
“Many of our state’s most dedicated and productive farmers are suffering from water delivery cutbacks implemented to protect fish species in the Delta," he said. "Yet in spite of reduced pumping by the state and federal water projects, these fish species are not recovering. There are many stressors affecting fish populations in the Delta, but it is clear that federal and state regulators will continue to focus on reduced pumping until an improved method of conveyance is implemented. The statewide economic benefits analysis released today properly takes into account the economic damage to California that is occurring now and is likely to worsen without a successful BDCP. We urge both continued progress toward completion of the BDCP and intervention now to operate the projects more flexibly to prevent the dramatic water shortages impacting California farmers, their employees and the families that depend on them.”
A robust public participation process, including in-Delta office hours, educational workshops, and formal public comment hearings, will accompany the release of the public review draft of the plan and EIR/EIS this fall.
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