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Water Authority General Manager Responds to Release of Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan

March 14, 2013

The California Natural Resources Agency on Thursday released the first four of 12 draft chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The plan proposes new water intakes and tunnels and habitat restoration to reverse the decline of native fish populations in the Delta and provide reliable water deliveries for two-thirds of California’s population and much of the state’s agricultural economy.

“The Water Authority looks forward to reviewing the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan as its component chapters are released over the coming weeks,” said Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority. “We hope this draft and future revised drafts analyze a full-range of alternatives for fixing the water supply and ecosystem challenges in the Bay-Delta, including both the BDCP’s preferred alternative – the dual-tunnel, 9,000 cfs project -- and the Portfolio Alternative advanced earlier this year. We need to make sure a Bay-Delta project is right-sized, affordable and gets built.”

More information about the Bay-Delta and the Portfolio Alternative is at www.sdcwa.org/bay-delta-conservation-plan.

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