A clarification on Delta plan timeline

11/09/2013 10:11 AM

11/08/2013 3:54 PM

Re "Delta project has many answered questions" (Viewpoints, Nov. 6): We want to clarify that the state will release draft -- not final -- Bay Delta Conservation Plan environmental documents on Dec. 13, showing a project that meets mandated co-equal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration and that addresses the threat of sea level rise caused by climate change.

The documents have extensive plans and data: water flows for the environment and economy; size and operations of proposed facilities; project costs and benefits; project operations under climate change conditions; and more.

Since the start of the Brown administration, we have held hundreds of public meetings and set an unprecedented level of transparency by releasing working drafts of the environmental documents. We encourage all who are interested to visit www.BayDeltaConservationPlan.com to learn more about the project and issues such as adaptive management and climate change impacts. In addition, scientists, engineers, and others are always available to meet.

-- Richard Stapler, Sacramento, deputy secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

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