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Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)

Delivering Expert Science and Regulatory Compliance to Help Secure California's Water Supply and Restore the Bay Delta Ecosystem

River delta patterns, Columbia River, Western Washington and Western Oregon, USA

ICF leads the preparation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIR/EIS). We are also leading public outreach for the plan and initiating permitting under the federal Clean Water Act. Our experts bring the best science and program management, addressing some of California’s most complex environmental problems to inform policy and implementation. ICF has been critical to project success, helping to move the complex program forward through sound analysis and consensus building.

The BDCP is a habitat conservation plan (HCP) and natural community conservation plan (NCCP) that will provide federal and state endangered species permits for operation of the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project over the next 50 years. Together, these projects deliver water to nearly 25-million people (two-thirds of California’s population) and help to irrigate more than one-third of the agricultural land in California, which provides almost half of the nation’s domestically-grown fresh produce. The BDCP is led by the California Department of Water Resources, with close coordination and funding from six major water agencies throughout the state, and involvement from a large group of highly engaged and sophisticated stakeholders representing a wide range of interest groups.

Since 2011, ICF has managed this large, complex program. We have integrated diverse scientific information into objective analysis to inform state and federal policy decisions. The ICF team has repeatedly met aggressive deadlines to produce clear documents and provide strategic support by mobilizing an internal staff of more than 150 technical experts and successfully partnering with over 30 expert subcontractors. We worked hard to gain the trust of the state and federal fish and wildlife agencies and produced a highly credible and scientifically defensible conservation program and environmental analysis. We also defined conservation strategies to support the implementation of what will be the largest wetland restoration project west of the Mississippi River, which will protect and restore degraded ecosystems on over 150,000 acres of land.