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Bay Delta Conservation Plan
Public Comment Library

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The future of the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed is at stake!

 

In December of 2013, 40,000 plus pages of documents supporting the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) were released. The public, and all interested parties, were encouraged to submit comments, questions and concerns to be posted and shared on the BDCP website in full disclosure.

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On or about December 13th, the BDCP agencies decided to stop posting any and all comments on the website. They did not address specific questions or concerns. This decision blocked any meaningful and timely dialogue about the BDCP.

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The government agencies involved in the creation of the BDCP have engaged in suppression of public speech. BDCP agencies continue to post their own advocacy in the form of blogs and press releases for the project on the BDCP website, but have refused to post any comments from the public on the website; thereby shutting down public dialogue on the BDCP. 

 

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Friends of the River obtained the suppressed comments from the government agencies by making demand for the comments under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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All public comments submitted by public agencies and organizations during the official public comment period are herein made available by Friends of the River to the public. 

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All sides of this story must be heard. This is America. It is critically important that members of the public interested in, or concerned about the BDCP Water Tunnels and their environmental and financial impacts, be able to read comments from project opponents and neutral parties, as opposed to being limited to the pro-BDCP Water Tunnels advocacy posted by the government on the BDCP website.

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Consequently, all comments, whether for, against or other, are included in this library. 

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USA Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps and SWRCB Comments on BDCP
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United States Congressional Members from California Comments on the BDCP
 
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NOTE: All comments open as pdf documents - click to open, right click to save
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BDCP Public Open House Transcripts of Comments. ICF International, the compiler of these transcripts, organized them geographically.  Friends of the River has kept their North-South organization
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Agency, Organizational, Scientific Comments (in order submitted)
  
 
December 2013
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January 2014
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February 2014
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March 2014
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April 2014
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June 2014
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July 2014
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                      ARWA Attachment A
                      ARWA Attachment B
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                Ventura County Exhibit 1
                Ventura County Exhibit 2
                SDWA Exhibit 1
                SDWA Exhibit 2
                SDWA Exhibit 2.2
                SDWA Exhibit 2.3
                SDWA Exhibit 2.4
                SDWA Exhibit 2.5
                SDWA Exhibit 3
                SDWA Exhibit 4 (not received)
                SDWA Exhibit 5
                SDWA Exhibit 6
                SDWA Exhibit 7
                SDWA Exhibit 8
                SDWA Exhibit 9
                SDWA Exhibit 10
                SDWA Exhibit 11
                SDWA Exhibit 12
                SDWA Exhibit 13
                SDWA Exhibit 14 Part 1
    Part 2
                SDWA Exhibit 15
                CDWA Exhibits 1-14 (not received)
                CDWA Exhibits 15-29
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                PFMC Attachment 1
                PFMC Attachment 2
 
 
 
 
 
 

           
  

 
TO SUBMIT YOUR OWN COMMENTS
           BDCP next comment period is expected in late Spring 2015
 
To submit comments via mail, use the following address:
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BDCP Comments
Ryan Wulff, NMFS
650 Capitol Mall, Suite 5-100
Sacramento, CA 95814
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 BACKGROUND ON THIS COMMENT LIBRARY
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Until about December 13, 2013, the agencies maintaining the BDCP website had been posting all correspondence and comments received on the website. Then, the federal and state agencies refused to continue posting any comments other than project proponent material touting the project on the website. Friends of the River formally demanded that the agencies resume posting comments and that they post all comments and correspondence on the website as they had been doing up until about December 13, 2013. It is absolutely essential that public interest organizations, public agencies, and members of the public have access to comments made as they come in to assist in formulating their own comments on the 40,000 pages of advocacy--the Plan and draft EIR/EIS-- for the BDCP Water Tunnels.
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The proposed BDCP Water Tunnels project that is the subject of the BDCP draft Plan and EIR/EIS is perhaps the most controversial public works project in the history of the State of California. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s the proposed project was then known as the “peripheral canal”. A statewide referendum in June of 1982 blocked development of the project by a 2 to 1 vote. The proposal raises profound issues under several laws including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Clean Water Act. As just one example, we have commented that the project is not permissible under the Endangered Species Act because by diverting enormous quantities of freshwater out of the Sacramento River upstream from the San Francisco Bay-Delta, the project would adversely modify designated critical habitat for at least five endangered and threatened fish species.
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The comments will contribute to public understanding of the environmental impacts and impacts to habitat for endangered and threatened species likely to result from the BDCP Water Tunnels project. Many comments raise issues under the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, which are both environmental full disclosure statutes. Thus, the comments will be of great significance to public understanding of the environmental and habitat issues raised by the BDCP draft Plan and EIR/EIS.
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There is deep and profound public interest in the BDCP planning process. This organization is actively participating in the commenting process. The comments will greatly assist this organization, other organizations, public agencies, and members of the public in spotting issues and developing their own comments on the draft Plan and EIR/EIS. The comments are absolutely critical to  the public including news, nonprofit, and environmental, scientific and educational organizations in attempting to understand the environmental and endangered species impacts that would be caused by the Water Tunnels.
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To view correspondence prior to December 13, 2013 (2007-2013) click here (takes you to the BDCP website).
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FOR MORE INFORMATION 
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Please contact Friends of the River at: info@friendsoftheriver.org
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