The Measure

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Water Resources, and/or the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy identify number of projects and amount of funding for priority habitat restoration projects.

Measure Details

In 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown announced a major change to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Lead state and federal agencies shifted their focus from a habitat conservation plan to permitting, designing, and construction of a Delta conveyance facility (California WaterFix), with the majority of ecosystem restoration work occurring under a separate program, California EcoRestore.

In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-10-19 directing state agencies to prepare a water resilience portfolio. As one part of that portfolio, the Governor ordered agencies to assess “Current planning to modernize conveyance through the Bay Delta with a new single tunnel project.” Additionally, the order holds that state agencies should embody the principle of “prioritizing multi-benefit approaches that meet multiple needs at once.” 

Delta Plan Strategy

Restore Habitat

Delta Plan Recommendation

ER R2. Prioritize and Implement Projects that Restore Delta Habitat. Bay Delta Conservation Plan implementers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Water Resources, and the Delta Conservancy should prioritize and implement habitat restoration projects in the areas shown on Figure 4-8 of the Delta Plan. Habitat restoration projects should ensure connections between areas being restored and existing habitat areas and other elements of the landscape needed for the full life cycle of the species that will benefit from the restoration project. Where possible, restoration projects should also emphasize the potential for improving water quality. Restoration project proponents should consult the California Department of Public Health’s Best Management Practices for Mosquito Control in California.

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