The BDCP proposes to restore the ecology of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and build two tunnels to carry water from the Delta to central and southern California.
The release of what’s called the Environmental Impact Report is one of the biggest steps in what’s been a multi-year planning process.
It marks the beginning of the formal public review of the plan.
Public comment will begin on Friday, but all 34,000 pages of the environmental documents will be online today.
Some Delta residents and environmental groups say the documents will contain unsupported claims that any adverse effects from building the tunnels will be offset.
They plan to hold a rally today in San Jose as well as on the steps of the state Capitol.
State and federal agencies will hold public meetings early next year but the project faces many more hurdles before breaking ground.
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With time running out for Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers to negotiate a replacement to the $11 billion water bond on the November ballot, two contentious issues have emerged as sticking points.
The City of Sacramento says it has significant concerns about the proposed twin-tunnel project.
(AP) -- An appeals court says federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
California's second longest river is on the list of America's Most Endangered Rivers.
(AP) -- A state appellate court has ruled that California water officials cannot go onto private property for soil testing and other studies related to construction of two massive tunnels that would siphon water from the Sacramento River.
(AP) - A federal appeals court has largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.
California Seeks To Dam 3 Delta Channels
Thu, Mar 13, 2014
(AP) -- California water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if California's drought persists.
30,000 Pages of Bay Delta Conservation Plan Released
Mon, Dec 09, 2013
The proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has reached a significant milestone. The state has released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review.
Federal Shutdown Delays Release of Bay Delta Conservation Plan
Wed, Oct 23, 2013
The California Department of Water Resources will delay the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan yet again. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the costly delay is a result of the federal government shutdown.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution For The Delta's Future?
Fri, Oct 11, 2013
Supporters say the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is one of the most ambitious habitat restoration programs ever. It's proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Delta to central and southern California is also one of the most controversial.
A Place Called Home
Thu, Oct 10, 2013
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.