Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes and other senior officials from the Interior Department and Commerce Departments today met with California Natural Resources Secretary Lester Snow, county officials and diverse California water interests about the proposed long-term Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
The meeting at the Department of the Interior's Stewart Udall Building in Washington, D.C., included representatives of urban and agricultural water districts, conservation groups, and fishermen.
"The status quo in the Bay Delta is unsustainable and unacceptable to everyone," Secretary Salazar said. "We need to forge forward-thinking solutions that will improve the reliability of water deliveries and restore the Bay Delta ecosystem."
"The Bay Delta Conservation Plan must be based on science and the input of all parties and the public," said Deputy Secretary Hayes. "We appreciate the continuing work and dedication of the stakeholders who are moving this process forward and who are so committed to the future of California's economy, water supplies, and environment."