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Ecosystem Restoration Program Interim Science Board Meeting; Bay-Delta Advisory Council's Ecosystem Roundtable Meeting

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Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.


Notice of Meetings.


The CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program's Interim Science Board will meet to discuss the FY 2001 Implementation Plan for the Ecosystem Restoration Program. The Bay-Delta Advisory Council's (BDCA) Ecosystem Roundtable will meet to discuss the FY2001 Implementation Plan, revisions to the proposal solicitation package, CVPIA integration and other issues. These meetings are open to the public. Interested persons may make oral statements to the Interim Science Board or to the Ecosystem Roundtable or may file written statements for consideration.


The CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program Interim Science Board meeting will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2000. The Ecosystem Roundtable meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2000.


The CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program Interim Science Board will meet at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Rooms 104 and 105, Sacramento, CA 95814. The Ecosystem Roundtable will meet at the Resources Building, Room 1131, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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For information on either meeting contact Wendy Halverson Martin, CALFED Bay-Delta Program, at (916) 657-2666. If reasonable accommodation is needed due to a disability, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Office at (916) 653-6952 or TDD (916) 653-6934 at least one week prior to the meeting.

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The San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta system) is a critically important part of California's natural environment and economy. In recognition of the serious problems facing the region and the complex resource management decisions that must be made, the state of California and the Federal government are working together to stablize, protect, restore, and enhance the Bay-Delta system. The State and Federal agencies with management and regulatory responsibilities in the Bay-Delta system are working together as CALFED to provide policy direction and oversight for the process.

One area of Bay-Delta management includes the establishment of a joint State-Federal process to develop long-term solutions to problems in the Bay-Delta system related to fish and wildlife, water supply reliability, natural disasters, and water quality. The intent Start Printed Page 2986is to develop a comprehensive and balanced plan which addresses all of the resource problems. This effort, the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (Program), is being carried out under the policy direction of CALFED. The Program is exploring and developing a long-term solution for a cooperative planning process that will determine the most appropriate strategy and actions necessary to improve water quality, restore health to the Bay-Delta ecosystem, provide for a variety of beneficial uses, and minimize Bay-Delta system vulnerability. A group of citizen advisors representing California's agricultural, environmental, urban, business, fishing, and other interests who have a stake in finding long-term solutions for the problems affecting the Bay-Delta system has been chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The BDAC provides advice to CALFED on the program mission, problems to be addressed, and objectives for the Program. BDAC provides a forum to help ensure public participation, and will review reports and other materials prepared by CALFED staff. BDAC has etablished a subcommittee called the Ecosystem Roundtable to provide input on annual workplans to implement ecosystem restoration projects and programs.

Minutes of the meeting will be maintained by the Program, Suite 1155, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, and will be available for public inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday within 30 days following the meeting.

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January 11, 2000.

Lester A. Snow,

Regional Director, Mid-Pacific Region.

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[FR Doc. 00-1160 Filed 1-18-00; 8:45 am]