OCBC commends Governor Brown for demonstrating proactive leadership in an announcement on Wednesday, July 25, releasing details of proposed revisions to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) intended to move the project forward. The governor, along with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), stressed that California’s existing water system is unsustainable both economically and environmentally. The announcement marks an important movement toward implementation of the BDCP, which provides necessary infrastructure and environmental improvements needed to achieve California’s co-equal goals of water reliability and restoration of delta habitat.
Since it’s undertaking in 2006, the BDCP has cost more than $150 million in an extensive evaluation phase that has yet to result in any substantive action. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the largest water source in the state, supplying water to more than 23 million people. However, more water will be required to meet the demands of a growing population and investment in infrastructure upgrades is critical for increased water reliability and economic development. The BDCP, also known as the tunnel conveyance system or peripheral canal, would carry part of the Sacramento River’s flow underneath the Delta in a 37-mile long tunnel system to the California Aqueduct. A final decision will be made next year after federal and state officials examine the plan alongside other alternatives. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.