PLANNING PROCESS

Alternative 4A reflects the state's proposal to separate the conveyance facility and habitat restoration measures into two separate efforts: California WaterFix and California EcoRestore. These two efforts are a direct reflection of public comments and fulfill the requirement of the 2009 Delta Reform Act to meet co-equal goals.
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EIR/EIS
July 21, 2017
DWR CERTIFIES FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

WaterFix NOD Signed

The Notice of Determination (NOD) for the California WaterFix environmental analysis was signed today, clearing a major milestone toward modernization of the state’s primary water delivery system. With finalization of the NOD and associated decision documents, DWR has approved WaterFix as the proposed project under the California Environmental Quality Act.

December 22, 2016
California WaterFix Final Environmental Documents Now Available

The final environmental analysis for California WaterFix (Alternative 4A) is now available.  The project’s Lead Agencies — the California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation —  identified WaterFix as the preferred alternative to modernize California’s primary water delivery system, guard against water supply disruptions, and improve conditions for threatened and endangered fish.  

December 19, 2016
BDCP/CA WaterFix Final EIR/EIS Available on Dec. 22

Final Environmental Documents Available on Thursday

The California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Lead Agencies) have completed the Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix Final Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/ EIS). This document has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and will be available at www. BayDeltaConservationPlan.com on December 22, 2016.

VALIDATION
July 21, 2017
VALIDATION ACTION FILED FOR FINANCING OF CALIFORNIA WATERFIX

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) filed a “validation action” with the Sacramento County Superior Court regarding DWR’s authority to, among other things, issue revenue bonds to finance the planning, design, construction and other capital costs of California WaterFix.

PERMITS
June 26, 2017
CALIFORNIA WATERFIX TAKES CRITICAL STEP FORWARD WITH ISSUANCE OF BIOLOGICAL OPINIONS

WaterFix Biological Opinions

After extensive consultation with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have released their biological opinions for the proposed construction and operation of California WaterFix. These agencies are responsible for the protection of species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA).

January 05, 2017
AQUATIC SCIENCE PEER REVIEW PHASE 2B

The purpose of the California WaterFix (WaterFix) Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2B is to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) with an independent scientific evaluation of draft sections of the NMFS' and FWS' Biological Opinions (BiOps) on WaterFix for all federal Endangered Species Act-listed aquatic species and their critical habitat.

November 29, 2016
Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2A

The purpose of the California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review is to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) with an independent scientific evaluation of the methods and approaches for developing the joint Biological Opinion requirements and analyses prepared for the CDFW 2081 (b) Incidental Take Permit (ITP) application for the California WaterFix. The Phase 2A review will focus on the latter.