Sacramento/Delta Draft Staff Report: Comment Deadline Extended & Revised Public Hearing Information

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board or Board) has posted a revised notice of availability and opportunity for public comment, hearing, and staff workshops on the draft Staff Report in support of possible Sacramento River and Delta updates to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan) to its website. A summary of changes and related reminders is provided below.

Comment Deadline Extended

The State Water Board has received multiple requests to extend the written comment period on the draft Staff Report. In response, the deadline to submit written comments on the report has been extended from December 15, 2023, to January 19, 2024.

December 11 Hearing Day Extended

The hearing days are now scheduled for the following dates and start times:

  • November 17, 2023 beginning at 9:30 am
  • December 1, 2023 beginning at 9:30 am
  • December 11, 2023 beginning at 12:00 pm

In addition, to accommodate the large number of speakers registered for the hearing, individual comments will be limited to 3 minutes instead of 5 minutes to make sure all speakers have a chance to speak during the 3-day hearing.

Hearing Participation 

If you intend to provide public comments at the hearing, staff are requesting that you submit a registration form as soon as possible to facilitate planning for the hearing. However, you may register up until the hearing day you intend to participate in. Panel presentations should be identified as soon as possible to ensure adequate time is allotted for those presentations. Additionally, speakers should only make comments on one hearing day to ensure all interested parties have a chance to speak.

Staff will provide an abbreviated presentation at the hearing in order to allow as much time as possible for public comments. Before the hearing, interested parties are encouraged to watch the recordings of previous staff workshops and review other resources available on the Sacramento/Delta webpage for a detailed overview of the draft Staff Report.

PowerPoint Presentations

If you would like to present a PowerPoint presentation at the hearing, you must submit the presentation to staff in advance. PowerPoint presentations should be submitted to SacDeltaComments@waterboards.ca.gov. The revised notice extends the deadlines for submitting PowerPoint presentations for the December 1 and December 11 hearing days to the following dates:

  • November 27, 2023, for the hearing day on December 1, 2023
  • December 5, 2023, for the hearing day on December 11, 2023

Language Services

The State Water Board has not received any requests for interpretation services for the public hearing to date. Language interpretation must be requested in advance. To request oral interpretation or sign language services, please contact LanguageServices@waterboards.ca.gov no later than the following dates:

  • November 27, 2023, for the hearing on December 1, 2023
  • December 5, 2023, for the hearing day on December 11, 2023

If you have any questions, please contact staff at SacDeltaComments@waterboards.ca.gov.