Bay-Delta Office

The Bay-Delta Office coordinates the legal and regulatory compliance requirements associated with the Central Valley Project, provides biological support for water operations, implements many of the fish and wildlife project purposes, and supports water supply development, in partnership with other Reclamation offices, agencies, stakeholders, interested parties, and the public.

The office formed in 2010 to consolidate some of the dispersed programs and processes throughout Interior Region 10 • California-Great Basin and address the need for communication, integration, and efficiency to meet growing expectations and demands for Reclamation leadership in achieving Bay-Delta objectives.

Reclamation operates the Central Valley Project in coordination with the California Department of Water Resources’ operation of the State Water Project. Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act these operations are driven in part by biological opinions from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2008 and the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2009. Currently, Reclamation is working with the agencies on updating (through reinitiation) the biological opinions.

The Bay-Delta Office is involved in numerous habitat restoration projects, including tidal marsh, spawning and rearing habitat, and fish passage. Staff also play an important role in various studies and working groups that help provide and use scientific information on Delta Smelt, salmonids, and sturgeon.

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Last Updated: 11/4/20