Posted by: Jan | July 21, 2015

We need to request a 180 day comment period for the “new” BDCP


Hi all – We need help once again. We need to request getting the BDCP (California Water Fix aka Delta Tunnels plan) comment period extended beyond August 31 – now only a 45 day review. The entire plan has changed now that they have dropped the environmental provisions from the plan. We need everyone to request an 180 day review. Instead of just sending it to the BDCP, we have four people to send to.

Here’s what STCDA sent that you can use for a template (but change it up if you would):
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Alternative 4a represents an abdication of seven years of assurances from the state that the twin tunnels would be a part of a habitat conservation plan that met the “gold standard” of environmental stewardship. All previous review and comment has been predicated on those representations from the state.

A 45 days comment period for an entirely new and radically different approach is inadequate. Alternative 4a does not represent an adjustment or response to previous comments. It is entirely different in character from previous proposals and requires at least the same length of comment period that was originally allocated for the HCP version of the BDCP.

Please extend the comment period to 180 days to allow for a meaningful and forthright public process that is the cornerstone of NEPA and CEQA.

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Here are 4 people to ask. Email is OK but ordinary mail shows we put in more effort so if you can, send both email and snail mail. PLUS also send a copy via email of whatever you send to other places also to BDCPComments@icfi.com so there is an “official” copy of the comments.

The Honorable Sally Jewell
Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20240
exsec@ios.doi.gov

David Murillo, Regional Director
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
dmurillo@usbr.gov

John Laird, Secretary
California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814
Kinberly.goncalves@resources.ca.gov

Mark W. Cowin, Director,
California Department of Water Resources
P.O. Box 942836, Room 1115-1
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
Mark.cowin@water.ca.gov

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