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A Review of the Use of Science and Adaptive Management in California's Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (2011)

Chapter: Appendix B: BDCP Steering Committee Members and Planning Agreement Signature Dates

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: BDCP Steering Committee Members and Planning Agreement Signature Dates." National Research Council. 2011. A Review of the Use of Science and Adaptive Management in California's Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13148.
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Appendix B
BDCP Steering Committee Members and Planning Agreement Signature Dates

Entities Original Signature Date Amendment Signature Date
State and Federal Agencies
California Natural Resources Agency October 24, 2006 October 27, 2009
California Department of Water Resources November 14, 2006 December 3, 2009
State Water Resources Control Board (ex officio) See Note See Note
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation November 13, 2006 October 30, 2009
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ex officio) See Note See Note
Potential Regulated Entities (PREs)
Kern County Water Agency December 6, 2006 January 29, 2010
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California November 2, 2006 December 3, 2009
Mirant Delta, LLC December 6, 2006 October 5, 2009
San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority December 6, 2006 December 6, 2009
Santa Clara Valley Water District November 20, 2006 November 30, 2009
Westlands Water District December 6, 2006 December 1, 2009
Zone 7 Water Agency October 26, 2006 November 30, 2009
Environmental Organizations
American Rivers November 8, 2006 January 21, 2010
Defenders of Wildlife March 15, 2007 January 29, 2010
Environmental Defense Fund October 30, 2006 January 21, 2010
Natural Heritage Institute October 25, 2006 November 3, 2009
The Nature Conservancy November 14, 2006 December 1, 2009
The Bay Institute July 26, 2007 December 7, 2009
Other Member Agencies
California Farm Bureau Federation March 30, 2007 November 11, 2009
Contra Costa Water District August 3, 2007 January 4, 2010
Friant Water Authority March 9, 2009 November 18, 2009
North Delta Water Agency March 12, 2009 October 5, 2009
Fishery Agencies
California Department of Fish and Game (ex officio) October 24, 2006 October 5, 2009
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (ex officio) November 6, 2006 December 3, 2009
National Marine Fisheries Service (ex officio) November 14, 2006 December 3, 2009
Other Ex Officio Member Agencies
Delta Stewardship Council
Note: The SWRCB and USACE are not signatories of the Planning Agreement.

SOURCE: Draft BDCP (November 2010).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: BDCP Steering Committee Members and Planning Agreement Signature Dates." National Research Council. 2011. A Review of the Use of Science and Adaptive Management in California's Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13148.
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The San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary is a large, complex estuarine ecosystem in California. It has been substantially altered by dikes, levees, channelization, pumps, human development, introduced species, dams on its tributary streams and contaminants. The Delta supplies water from the state's wetter northern regions to the drier southern regions and also serves as habitat for many species, some of which are threatened and endangered. The restoration of water exacerbated tensions over water allocation in recent years, and have led to various attempts to develop comprehensive plans to provide reliable water supplies and to protect the ecosystem. One of these plans is the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

The report, A Review of the Use of Science and Adaptive Management in California's Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan, determines that the plan is incomplete in a number of important areas and takes this opportunity to identify key scientific and structural gaps that, if addressed, could lead to a more successful and comprehensive final BDCP. The plan is missing the type of structure usually associated with current planning methods in which the goals and objectives are specified, alternative measure for achieving the objectives are introduced and analyzed, and a course of action in identified based on analytical optimization of economic, social, and environmental factors. Yet the panel underscores the importance of a credible and a robust BDCP in addressing the various water management problems that beset the Delta. A stronger, more complete, and more scientifically credible BDCP that effectively integrates and utilizes science could indeed pave the way toward the next generation of solutions to California's chronic water problems.

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