Comprehensive Operations Plan and Monitoring Special Study

Aerial view looking east at the S Bacon Island road bridge connecting the Northern end of Bacon Island (Left) and Southern end of Mandeville Island (right),  both part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in San Joaquin County, California. Photo taken March 08, 2019.

Aerial view looking east at the South Bacon Island road bridge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in San Joaquin County, California.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are working collaboratively with stakeholders to revise the draft Comprehensive Operations Plan (COP) and Monitoring Special Study (MSS).

Quarterly stakeholder meetings are being planned to coordinate continued development of the COP and MSS. For more information on stakeholder meetings, and to be added to the stakeholder contact list, please contact Erika Britney at Erika.Britney@icf.com

On December 12, 2018, the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) amended the Water Quality Control Plan (Resolution No. 2018-0059) for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (2018 Bay-Delta Plan). The amendments include revised salinity objectives for the southern Delta. 

As directed under these amendments, DWR and Reclamation are developing the COP and MSS to address impacts of State Water Project and Central Valley Project operations and inform the implementation of the amended salinity objectives.

The MSS will advance the science and analytical tools in an open constructive way that address the revised salinity objectives outlined in the 2018 Bay-Delta Plan and identify long-term monitoring protocols. 

DWR and Reclamation have proposed to conduct six technical studies in the MSS.  Based on science, collectively, the MSS is intended to help further understand southern Delta water quality dynamics, identify sources of salinity in the southern Delta, and develop tools that will ultimately support long-term monitoring and compliance.

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Contact

For stakeholder meeting information and participation, contact Erika Britney at Erika.Britney@icf.com.

 

For program related inquiries, contact:

Jacob McQuirk

Division of Operations and Maintenance
South Delta Branch
Address: 1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-9883
Email: Jacob.Mcquirk@water.ca.gov