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DOI - 10765 - California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee - Agency Authority


Committee NameCalifornia Bay-Delta Public Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2009Committee Number10765
Original Establishment Date10/25/2004Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date9/30/2009Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date11/24/2008Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region, Bureau of Reclamation
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date9/30/2009Designated Federal Officer First Name*Donald
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameR.
Specific Termination Authority5 U.S.C. AppendixDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Glaser
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*P.L.108-361 & 16USC661&1531/43USC391/34USC3401Designated Federal Officer Phone*(916) 978-5000
Effective Date Of Authority*10/25/2004Designated Federal Officer Fax*(916) 978-5005
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation Status 
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee was established in 2001 to provide recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of California through the CALFED Policy Group, or its successor, on the implementation of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (Program) as described in the Programmatic Record of Decision (ROD) signed August 28, 2000. On January 1, 2003, the California Bay-Delta Authority (Authority) was established by State legislation as the governing body for Program implementation, becoming the successor to the Policy Group. The purpose of the Committee was to provide recommendations on implementation of each element of the Program through the completion of Stage 1 (2000-2007) of a 30-year program. The CALFED Bay-Delta Authorization Act (P.L. 108-361), signed into law on October 25, 2004, authorized Federal participation in the Program through 2010, extending the need for an advisory committee through that date. Sec. 104 of that Act reads "In carrying out the Calfed Bay-Delta Program, the Federal agencies shall cooperate with local and tribal governments and the public through an advisory committee established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act..." The Committee was supported by six Subcommittees -- Water Supply Reliability, Ecosystem Restoration, Water Quality, Levee System Integrity, Program Performance and Financing, and Steering Committee. These six Subcommittees advanced recommendations to the full Committee for discussion and consideration for recommendation to the 25 implementing agencies through the Secretary of the Interior. The Committee made recommendations on annual priorities and coordination of Program actions to achieve balanced implementation of the Program elements and on effective integration of Program elements to provide continuous, balanced improvement of Program objectives. The Committee provided input into the Annual Report on Program implementation and direction. The Secretary was required under the legislation to provide this Report to all Congressional authorizing and appropriating committees on behalf of those Federal CALFED agencies with responsibility for Program implementation. While the Committee has not met since June 2007, the Federal implementing agencies have continued to meet the statutory reporting requirements of P.L. 108-361 in coordination with the State.
How is membership balanced?*Membership was made up of qualified representatives of Indian tribes and stakeholder groups, including environmental justice representatives. The 20 to 30 Committee member seats were selected based on experience and expertise in relevant fields, such as ecosystem restoration, agriculture, hydrology, urban water management, fishery biology, water quality, flood management, water conservation and recycling, affected by the health of the Bay-Delta. Membership balance and diversity was reflected by the geographic diversity and interests of individuals who represent those affected by the health of the Bay-Delta. Membership dropped to 13 in 2008 with no plan to nominate new members, creating a void in representation of balance and diversity on the Committee.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Committee generally held three full Committee public meetings annually and one joint meeting with the Authority, CALFED Program governing body. The Subcommittees met on a monthly or bimonthly basis as needed. In FY 08 the Committee was unable to meet, however the Subcommittees met on a less regular basis. This was due to other initiatives underway and endless meetings of the Governor's Delta Vision process to have a Vision and a Strategic Plan for the Delta completed by December 2008. This initiative, along with the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, and the expiration of eight appointments, made getting a quorum for a full Committee meeting, or appointing new members, next to impossible as many of the same stakeholders were engaged in these other efforts. In FY 09 it became even more difficult to keep focus on the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, so neither the Authority or the BDPAC held meetings.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The CALFED Bay-Delta Program (Program) was an unprecedented effort to build a framework for managing California s most precious natural resource--water. Neither the State nor the Federal Government, acting alone, could accomplish the balanced, integrated implementation of the Program. Due to the unique purpose of the Committee, there was no other Federal advisory committee that could be tasked to perform the advisory functions of the Committee. Further, because of the nature of Program implementation and the need for numerous and frequent meetings of the Committee to advise the Secretary of the Interior, the use of public hearings was not practicable. In November 2009, the State Administration and State Legislature passed legislation creating a new governing structure for the Delta with broader responsibility than was under the CALFED umbrella. The need for the BDPAC as it was originally chartered is no longer relevant.
Why close or partially close meetings?All Committee and Subcommittee meetings were open to the public and noticed by the State of California under State laws of noticing meetings. Full Committee meetings were noticed in the Federal Register.
Recommendation RemarksThe California Legislature passed and the Governor signed legislation in November 2009 creating a new governing structure for the Delta, replacing the existing California Bay-Delta Authority, effective Februray 2010. Under this new governing body, the purpose for which BDPAC was created is no longer relevant and any need for a FACA committee in the future would take on an entirely different scope. BDPAC has not met since June 2007 nor is there any plan to nominate new members to maintain the balanced and diverse membership of the 20 to 30 member Committee.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*30Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Committee did not meet in FY 09, therefore no recommendations were made. CALFED Program implementation is carried out by 25 Federal and State agencies making the CALFED structure unique in that only four of those agencies are under Interior. However, the BDPAC and its Subcommittees have provided a significant number of recommendations on Program implementation to implementing agencies over the life of the Committee.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*100.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentMeeting materials for the full Committee and its Subcommittees can be found at which is also linked from this GSA FACA database. Summary reports for each full Committee meeting can also be found at the same website. The office of the DFO also has transcripts/tapes of all full Committee meetings.
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback has been provided through the Subcommittee and full Committee meetings and various other CALFED Bay-Delta Program forums.Narrative Description*The California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee provided recommendations to the implementing agencies through the Secretary of the Interior on implementation of the CALFED Bay-Delta Programmatic Record of Decision. In doing so the Committee made recommendations on effective integration of Program elements that provided continuous, balanced improvement in the areas of ecosystem restoration, water quality, levee system integrity, and water supply reliability. This supported protection of the Nation's natural resources using the best available science. The concepts of the CALFED Program supported and served as a model for the Department's Water for America initiatives. The Committee typically held four full Committee public meetings annually, while the Subcommittees met on a monthly or bimonthly basis as needed. In years 2007, 2008 and 2009, other initiatives and endless meetings took over, specifically the Governor's Delta Vision process to have a Vision and a Strategic Plan for the Delta completed by December 2008. This initiative, along with the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, and the expiration of eight appointments, made getting a quorum for a full Committee meeting, or appointing new members, next to impossible as many of the same stakeholders were engaged in all three efforts. Much of the focus on the Delta and the State's water supply changed and new dynamics came into play changing the need for BDPAC as it was originally chartered.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
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Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
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Date Cost Last Modified Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-011123California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011680California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013081California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013713California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee2005
 COM-014820California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015452California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016820California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017503California Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee2001