Governor Jerry Brown and federal officials have announced a revised dual approach to securing water supply reliability and restoring ecosystem health in the Delta.
Together, California WaterFix and California EcoRestore, seek to accomplish the same objectives as what was formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
The new approach no longer needs a single 50-year permit, but would upgrade Delta Conveyance and restore habitat through separate permitting tracks.
Brown said the new approach would "accelerate the restoration of the Delta ecosystem and fix the state's aging water infrastructure."
Zone 7 will continue to track these parallel efforts and participate in future discussions to evaluate their benefits to the Delta ecosystem and the reliability of its long-term water supply.
California EcoRestore would pursue more than 30,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat restoration in the next three to four years. California WaterFix is compromised of two 30-mile long tunnels linking the Sacramento River to the existing pump facilities in the south Delta.
Zone 7 Water Agency officials said more than 80% of water delivered by Zone 7 to Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Dougherty Valley is Sierra snowmelt captured by the State Water Project and conveyed through the Delta, making a Delta solution imperative to achieve water reliability for the community.
The details of the project will be available for public comment through a Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement expected in the coming months.