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Benefits of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

CanalSignificant improvement in California’s drinking water delivery system

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan creates a long-term plan for improving the state’s existing water delivery system which needs urgent attention.

There is a two-in-three chance that 100-year floods or earthquakes will cause catastrophic flooding and significant change in the Delta by 2050. —Jeffrey Mount, UC Davis

The BDCP reduces the risks of water pumping restrictions which have already affected Bay Area and statewide water supply and created uncertainty regarding future reliability.

Water deliveries from the Delta have been reduced significantly in recent years due to years of drought and other systemic problems in the Delta. Left unaddressed, this will create tremendous impacts on California’s economy, environment, agricultural industry and millions of residents throughout the state. —Delta Stewardship Council

Economic certainty for the Bay Area’s business community, including Silicon Valley

The BDCP enhances and protects California’s extensive water delivery system which is critical to our economic vitality and key to maintaining our competitive advantage.

Water is indeed vital to the California economy… It is a scarce resource, subject to numerous and competing demands—including increasing demands for environmental uses. —Public Policy Institute of California

Water shortages would have severe economic consequences. Water reduction scenarios of 10%-30% would result in a decrease in revenue of $883 million to more than $10 billion in Santa Clara County alone. —David Sunding, PhD, The Brattle Group

The BDCP improves water quality, benefiting industrial processes and reducing costs to business operations.

The development of the Delta’s lands, the channelization of its waterways, the discharge of pollutants, the introduction of non-native species, the alteration of flows, and the diversions of water from the system have combined to degrade the quality of water and habitat. —Public Policy Institute of California

Unprecedented ecosystem restoration and conservation investments in the Delta

The BDCP supports the recovery of endangered or threatened aquatic species and their habitat.

Many factors have contributed to the Delta’s decline. Agricultural, industrial and urban runoff has polluted its waters. Invasive, non-native species have adversely impacted the food chain and, as a result, native fish and wildlife populations suffer. —Delta Stewardship Council

The BDCP restores tens of thousands of acres of tidal marsh and other habitat lost in past decades.

Ecological investments in the Delta will ultimately benefit California’s economy by securing higher-quality, more reliable water for agriculture and urban use, averting expensive responses to natural disasters, and expanding recreational opportunities. Ecosystem and economic objectives are mutually dependent. —Public Policy Institute of California

Collaborative multi-year process is developing science-based solutions

The BDCP addresses one of the most complex resource issues in California and has been championed by both a Republican and Democratic governor.

The BDCP represents the best, most collaborative decision-making effort to date on these elusive and intractable issues. Its successful completion and implementation is imperative for California’s future. —Lester Snow, Secretary for Natural Resources under Governor Schwarzenegger

The BDCP process has brought together local water agencies, environmental and conservation organizations, state and federal agencies, agricultural and other interest groups to develop solutions that are publicly-available and reviewed by independent scientific experts.

A unique confluence of disparate interests have come together in the BDCP, making it perhaps the best hope of a broadly-supported, comprehensive solution today. —California Farm Bureau Federation