Federal and California agencies in March will host a series of statewide public scoping meetings to solicit input and participation from the public, Tribes, and agencies in the environmental review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).

BDCP is a planning and environmental permitting process to restore habitat for Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fisheries in a way that reliably delivers water supplies to 25 million Californians.

Once complete, the plan will identify actions to improve water supply reliability, improve the ecosystem of the Delta, and aid in the recovery of several at-risk species.

A joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) is currently being prepared by the California Department of Water Resources, the Bureau of Reclamation, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Studies to support the EIR/EIS will evaluate water conveyance options, potential habitat restoration measures and management strategies, endangered species protection, and other resource issues including invasive species and toxic pollutants. The EIR/EIS will also address issues related to levee stability, seismic concerns, and climate change.

The meetings will be an open house format and will also provide an opportunity to discuss the current status of the BDCP.

BDCP public meetings will be held:

• March 9, 2009 – Chico

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Chico Masonic Family Center

1110 West East Avenue, Chico, Calif., 95926

• March 10, 2009 – San Jose

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

San Jose Marriot

301 South Market Street, San Jose, Calif., 95113

• March 11, 2009 – Bakersfield

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Bakersfield Marriot at the Convention Center

801 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, Calif., 93301

• March 12, 2009 – Los Angeles

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Junipero Serra State Building

320 West Fourth, Los Angeles, Calif., 90013

• March 16, 2009 – San Diego

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Marina Village Conference Center

1936 Quivera Way, San Diego, Calif., 92109

• March 17, 2009 – Merced

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Merced High School

205 West Olive Avenue, Merced, Calif., 95344

• March 18, 2009 – Davis

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Center

• March 19, 2009 – Sacramento

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

1209 L Street, Sacramento Calif., 95814

• March 23, 2009 – Brentwood

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Brentwood Community Multipurpose Room

730 Third Street, Brentwood, Calif., 94513

• March 24, 2009 – Stockton

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium

525 North Center Street, Stockton, Calif., 95202

• March 25, 2009 – Fairfield

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield, Calif., 94533

• March 26, 2009 – Clarksburg

6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Clarksburg Community Church

52910 Netherlands Avenue, Clarksburg, Calif., 95612

For more information about the BDCP EIR/EIS environmental review process, visit www.water.ca.gov/deltainit/bdcp.cfm. The Web site also provides links to more information about the BDCP planning process and the Draft Overview Conservation Measures Strategy.