|One of many organizations concerned about the shortcomings of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), Friends of the San Francisco Estuary has released their comments on the Public Draft of the BDCP and the associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (DEIR/S) and Draft Implementing Agreement.Friends of the San Francisco Estuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to the health of the Bay-Delta Estuary, notes that although they support the original goals of the BDCP, they consider the Draft Plan and DEIR/S “fundamentally flawed.”
The BDCP and DEIR/S fail to address many possible impacts to the Bay-Delta Estuary. The plan may contribute to significant declines and potential extinction of several salmon runs and other native fisheries, and is predicted to have significant but unmitigated impacts to estuary water quality. In addition, the Draft Plan has not analyzed downstream impacts to San Francisco Bay.
The letter states that “BDCP proponents are creating a plan that is risky, financially unsupported, unlikely to succeed in meeting the coequal goals of the Delta Reform Act, and further threatens our already degraded natural resources.”
Ultimately, Friends of the San Francisco Estuary suggests that the BDCP and DEIR/S be withdrawn and revised. To read the full comment letter, click here. Friends has worked to protect, restore, and enhance the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary since 1993.