South Delta Improvements Program EIR/EIS

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ICF prepared the joint Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Action Specific Implementation Plan for the South Delta Improvements Program (SDIP), a preferred alternative addressing water supply issues and the first major step in implementing the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.

As California’s municipal, environmental, and agricultural water demands continue to increase, ICF provided an EIR/EIS to disclose the construction- and operation-related effects of increasing the diversion and pumping capacity of the SWP Harvey O. Banks pumping facility. ICF developed CalSim and DSM2 modeling assumptions to coordinate with other system-wide water storage and delivery projects.

ICF provided extensive technical analyses, particularly for hydrology and water supply, tidal hydrodynamics, water quality, fisheries, vegetation and wetlands, and recreation. We identified sites for disposal of dredged materials and possible mitigation for impacts related to construction. We also provided assistance with obtaining permits and approvals, including a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404(b) (1) alternatives analysis with a rigorous screening process and Section 10 permits.

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Client: California Department of Water Resources
Location: CA

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