In 2009 California’s leaders reached consensus on a solution to address the state’s water crisis. Comprising years of research and discussion, these six pieces of legislation represent the most ambitious, comprehensive approach to state water management in more than a quarter of a century.
This monumental water package establishes co-equal goals to both increase water supply reliability for California and restore the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, the largest estuary on the west coast and the heart of California’s water-delivery system. It also calls for a new approach for the ongoing management and stewardship of the Delta.
The Nature Conservancy commends the legislature for seizing this historic opportunity to better manage the state’s water resources and jointly agreeing that the status quo in the Delta, which threatens the ability for all Californians to thrive, must end.
Since this victory, discussions on the future of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan have evolved significantly. We continue to engage in the Delta planning process in order to advance habitat conditions for migratory birds and other wildlife in the Delta while developing a more sustainable source of water for millions of Californians.