FIGURE 1 The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California. San Francisco Bay, an integral part of the system, is just to the west. SOURCE: Lund et al. (2010). [Lund, J., E. Hanak, W. Fleenor, W. Bennett, R. Howitt, J. Mount, and P. Moyle. 2010. Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Pp. 1-229.]

plan (NCCP) under California’s Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCPA). It is intended to obtain long-term authorizations under both the state and federal endangered species statutes for proposed new water operations—primarily an “isolated conveyance structure,” probably a tunnel, to take water from the northern part of the Delta for export to

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