New chapters in the 50-year plan to provide water to Californians while protecting fish and wildlife in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta were released Wednesday.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan chapters describe the anticipated effects on protected species, including endangered Delta smelt and Chinook salmon.
Fish and wildlife scientists expect conditions to improve for Delta Smelt in wet years, but remain about the same in dry years.
Mark Cowin is with the Department of Water Resources. He says, “we don’t expect to have improvement in every time period, every season, every life history period for each species but we do intend to have a net affect that provides for recovery standard.”
The BDCP includes 30 mile tunnels to carry water to Central and Southern California. Opponents say the tunnels would have disastrous effects.
They say depriving the estuary of half of its water and expecting fish to survive is unrealistic.