ELS Symposium 2014-5: Panel 3: BDCP's Impact on Sustainable Farming

Panel 3: BDCP’s Impact on Sustainable Farming 2:15-3:30PM There is no sustainable agriculture without sufficient water. BDCP seeks to improve the long-term reliability of California's water supply for farms that require imported water, yet BDCP impacts on Delta farms remain one of its most controversial aspects. This panel will provide a brief overview of BDCP and its impacts on in-Delta agriculture, as well as potential benefits for the agricultural interests that may experience improved water supply reliability as a result of the project. Ways in which the project planners are attempting to reduce impacts on Delta farms will also be discussed. Because the tunnels (a.k.a. “Conservation Measure 1”) could also facilitate additional north-south water transfers, there are potentially significant implications for increased groundwater use and other impacts on agricultural uses north of the Delta, which will also be discussed. Katy Spanos, Retired Assistant Chief Counsel, Department of Water Resources Osha Meserve, Shareholder, Soluri Meserve Jason Peltier, Chief Deputy General Manager, Westlands Water District Richard M. Frank (MODERATING), Professor of Environmental Practice, UC Davis School of Law, and Director California Environmental Law and Policy Center