Delta Stewardship Council

Council 1219

Delta Stewardship Council new logoThe Delta Reform Act of 2009 established the Delta Stewardship Council, an independent state agency created to further achieve the coequal goals as defined in the Delta Reform Act: “‘Coequal goals’ means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place.” (CA Water Code §85054)

Final Delta Plan cover

Click here for the final Delta Plan, adopted May of 2013.

The Delta Reform Act charges the Council with creating a legally enforceable long-term management plan for the Delta that is based on the best available science and includes adaptive management strategies for ecosystem restoration and water management decisions. The Council is also directed to ensure implementation of the Delta Plan by facilitating, coordinating, and providing oversight of State and local agencies’ activities in the Delta.  The Act also enumerates other specific authorities for the Council, including commenting on environmental impact reports, advising local governments, and determining if covered actions are consistent with the Delta Plan upon appeal.

The first iteration of the Delta Plan, adopted unanimously by the Council in May of 2013, contains 73 recommendations and 14 regulatory policies.  The regulatory policies were subsequently approved by the Office of Administrative Law and became legally enforceable on September 1, 2013.  Implementation of the plan began in April of 2014 with the first meeting of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, a committee comprised of federal and state officials who lead the agencies responsible for implementation of the plan’s policies and recommendations.

The Council is comprised of seven members which are intended to have diverse expertise and reflect a statewide perspective. The Governor appoints four members, the state Senate and Assembly each appoint one member, and the seventh is the chair of the Delta Protection Commission. Click here for a list of current members of the Council.

The Delta Stewardship Council is advised by the 10-member Delta Independent Science Board, a panel of nationally and internationally recognized scientists that provide oversight of scientific research, monitoring and assessment of programs underway by conducting periodic reviews of these program and advising the Council. Members of the Delta ISB are appointed by the Council for five-year terms. For more on the Delta Independent Science Board, click here.

The Council meets on the fourth Thursday of the month generally in the conference room at 980 Ninth Street, although locations can sometimes change.  Council meetings are webcast.

Visit the Delta Stewardship Council online at www.deltacouncil.ca.gov.


 Coverage of the Delta Stewardship Council meetings on Maven’s Notebook

 

  • Delta Levee Investment Strategy Update: Delta Stewardship Council accepts the Delta Levee Investment Issue Paper The Delta Stewardship Council votes to unanimously accept the Delta Levee Investment Issue Paper, setting the framework for upcoming policy discussions The Delta Levee Investment Strategy project is an 18-month multi-agency effort led by the Delta Stewardship Council to update priorities for state investments in Delta levees. The strategy is intended to guide the ongoing investment ...
  • The California Water Plan: Roadmap for Action DWR’s Kamyar Guivetchi presents the California Water Plan, touching on the importance of integrated water management; the nexus between the California Water Plan and the California Water Action Plan; the three overarching themes of integration, alignment and investment; and the plan’s “Roadmap for Action.” At the December meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Council members were ...
  • Setting the agenda for science in the Delta Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee members agree to accept interim science action agenda and return in six months with a list of their science priorities (Note: This is part 2 of coverage from the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee meeting.  For part 1, go here: California Water Action Plan implementation coordination and progress; Integrating flood and ...
  • California Water Action Plan implementation coordination and progress; Integrating flood and ecosystem planning in the Yolo Bypass Janelle Beland and Kris Tjernell from the California Natural Resources Agency brief the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee on the progress in implementing the California Water Action Plan and the efforts to integrate flood and ecosystem planning in the Yolo Bypass. The Delta Reform Act of 2009 created the Delta Stewardship Council and charged it with ...
  • Delta Stewardship Council, November meeting wrap-up: Delta Levee Investment Strategy and other meeting notes Coverage of the Delta Stewardship Council’s November meeting wraps up today with the Delta Levee Investment Strategy Monthly Update, and meeting notes on the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee meeting, the Interim Science Action Agenda, and the Lead Scientist’s report. Delta Levee Investment Strategy Monthly Update Topics in this month’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy update include the ...
  • Winter Season Preview: Is the Delta ready? A ‘monster’ storm is bearing down on Northern California, the likes of which we’ve not seen in years, reports say.  And while the rain is welcome and sorely needed, too much water can cause flooding problems.  Is the Delta region ready? At the November 20th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the Council heard from state ...
  • 2014-15 Winter Season Outlook When it comes to the upcoming winter season, there are many questions.  Will it be wet or dry?  What about El Nino? and what will it take to end the drought?  Cindy Matthews, Senior Service Hydrologist with the National Weather Service/NOAA, answered these questions in her presentation at the November Delta Stewardship Council meeting on ...
  • 2014 Water Year in Review, Part 3: Groundwater, Delta smelt, and Sacramento’s response to the drought At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions. In this final installment, Mary Scruggs from the Department of Water Resources discusses the impact the drought has had on the state’s groundwater resources, Mike Chotkowski with ...
  • 2014 Water Year in Review, part 2: Urban water conservation, agricultural impacts, water transfers At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions.  In this installment of the coverage, Eric Oppenheimer, Director with the State Water Resources Control Board’s Office of Research, Planning and Performance reviewed the statistics for urban ...
  • 2014 Water Year, part 1: A review of the third year of the drought: How the administration responded, an overview of SWP operations At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state responded to the drought. In his introduction to the agenda item, Supervising Engineer Kevan Samsam reminded the Council, “Never will the coequal goals be more tested than in one of these epic droughts. ...
  • Dr. Dan Cayan: Climate Change and California’s Water: What Challenges Can We Anticipate? Dr. Dan Cayan is the director of the Climate Change Center at Scripps and also concurrently holds a research position in the USGS Water Resources division.   At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, he gave an overview of California’s climate variability and of the current state of knowledge of the potential impacts of ...
  • California Water Quality Monitoring Council: Toward an Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Framework Monitoring and assessment are crucial to environmental decision making by helping managers track the outcomes of their management actions. However, in order to produce meaningful data, a wide range of data types are needed to be captured and then aggregated into indicators that are useful to environmental managers. Although there have been requirements on the books ...
  • Delta Stewardship Council: October update on the Delta Levee Prioritization Strategy At the October meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Supervising Engineer Dustin Jones provided the council with a monthly update on the progress of the development of the Delta levee prioritization strategy. The Delta Stewardship Council was directed to develop the strategy by the 2009 Delta Reform Act that will guide state investments in Delta levees ...
  • USGS Science in the Delta, plus other notes from the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council At the September 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the council members unanimously approved the addition of the USGS to the core membership of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, the committee that the Council has formed to coordinate implementation of the Delta Plan. After the vote was taken, USGS Deputy Regional Director Jeff Keay ...
  • A brief report from the State Water Board’s workshop on Central and Southern Delta Water Availability and Use Cody Phillips, a legal intern with the Delta Stewardship Council, attended the September 24th workshop at the State Water Board, and gave this report to the Delta Stewardship Council at their September 25th meeting: “I attended the workshop with Mr. Samsam. It was entitled “Central and Southern Delta Water Availability and Use,” and it addressed allegations ...

Leave a Reply