THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division Earth and Life Studies
Water Science and Technology Board
Panel to Review California’s Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan
A Review of the Use of Science and Adaptive Management
in California’s Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan
Henry J. Vaux, Jr., Professor Emeritus, University of California; and Chair, Panel to Review California’s Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan
Hans W. Paerl, Distinguished Professor, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Member, Panel to Review California’s Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan
California’s Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a habitat conservation plan that aims to obtain a permit for incidental take of listed species while providing reliable water supplies to Californians and protecting the region’s ecosystems. The California Bay Delta is a large, complex ecosystem that supplies water from the state’s wetter northern regions to the drier southern regions, and also serves as habitat for many species. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan describes a proposal to construct a tunnel or canal to divert water from the northern Delta to the south, thus reducing the need to convey water through the Delta. Requested by Congress in P.L. 111-88, this new report is the second of two which reviews the use of science and adaptive management in the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on May 5, 2011 and can be found, in its entirety, on the .