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    Tag Archive: Delta Stewardship Council

    Jun 03 2014

    Reviewing the science of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

    In preparing to finalize their comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s EIR/EIS, the Delta Stewardship Council reviewed the findings of two different science reviews: an independent science panel’s review stretching three years over the development of the document completed in March, and the review recently completed by the Delta Independent Science Board. This is …

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    Jun 02 2014

    How the Bay Delta Conservation Plan addresses the goals and objectives of the Delta Reform Act and the Delta Plan

    At the May 29th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the main agenda item for the day was for the Council to finalize their comments that will be submitted on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and its environmental documents. To set the stage for the discussion that would follow, the Council first received three …

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    Apr 23 2014

    Success in the Delta through collaboration and coordination: The California Water Quality Monitoring Council, the Yolo Bypass Foundation, and the Cosumnes River Preserve

    The theme of successful collaborations in the Delta continued with the last agenda item of the March meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council. “This is the third presentation you’re going to hear that is built around the theme of how do you successfully do collaboration;  whether it is legislatively mandated, court ordered, it is built …

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    Apr 22 2014

    Getting things done in the Delta: The Coalition to Support Delta Projects updates the Delta Stewardship Council on their progress

    The Coalition to Support Delta Projects is a diverse group of prominent water stakeholders that came together early in 2012 to explore near-term Delta projects that were widely supported and that would not prejudice the outcome of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan or the Delta Plan.  In August of 2012, the Coalition Delta Stewardship Council …

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    Mar 12 2014

    The Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s regulatory assurances discussed at the Delta Stewardship Council meeting

    At the February 27th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Carl Wilcox from the Department of Fish and Wildlife gave a briefing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s regulatory assurances. Deputy Executive Officer Dan Ray began by explaining that regulatory assurances are the commitments that the regulatory agencies make that provide a measure of financial …

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    Jan 27 2014

    Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council’s drought panel: “Unprecedented conditions may result in unprecedented actions.”

    The news seems to get worse every day.  A stubborn Mother Nature appears to be refusing to provide any relief for the ongoing dry conditions, instead delivering weather that has us reaching for sunscreen rather than umbrellas. Conditions are bad, to say the least – unprecedented in modern times. There’s been almost no precipitation this …

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    Jan 13 2014

    This just in … Phil Isenberg to step down as Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council

    The Delta Stewardship Council will elect new leadership at its January meeting. Phil Isenberg, who has headed up the Council for the past four years, has reached the statutory limit of four years as mandated by the Delta Reform Act, and so the Council will be selecting a new Chair and Vice-Chair when the Council …

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    Dec 03 2013

    Maven’s Minutes: The Delta Stewardship Council discusses water storage

    With the acknowledgement that the state’s water situation needs a comprehensive solution, one that extends beyond the reach of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, discussion has turned to what things should be included in such a solution.  One item that seems to make everyone’s list is storage in some form, be it surface storage or …

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    Dec 02 2013

    Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council meeting, part 1: Preparing for the BDCP review, the California Water Action Plan, and implementing the Delta Plan

    The Delta Stewardship Council held a two-day meeting in November 21-22, 2013. On the agenda for this meeting was the upcoming review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) documents, a follow-up on the habitat restoration report released earlier this year, an update on the progress being made on the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, …

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    Nov 05 2013

    Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council ‘accepts’ the first Delta Science Plan

    After thousands of comments, several meetings, and three drafts, the first Delta Science Plan has been completed and accepted by the Delta Stewardship Council at their October 25 meeting. Lead scientist Dr. Goodwin began by noting that it is almost one year anniversary of when the science plan was started.  “We took on the moniker …

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    Nov 04 2013

    Maven’s Minutes: Covered Actions process begins, Delta Plan Implementation Committee update, and other notes from the Delta Stewardship Council’s October meeting

    At the October meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, staff updated the Council on the covered actions regulatory process and the status of the Delta Plan Implementation Committee. Covered Actions regulatory process now underway With the Delta Plan’s regulations becoming effective the first of September, the Delta Stewardship Council is ‘open for business’ in terms …

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    Oct 16 2013

    Proposed final draft of the Delta Science Plan now posted

    The proposed final draft of the Delta Science Plan is now posted and available at the Delta Stewardship Council website. Currently, science efforts in the Delta are performed by multiple agencies and organizations with the science community lacking the coordination, support, and tools that are needed to produce and communicate credible, relevant and legitimate science …

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    Oct 08 2013

    Maven’s Minutes: Dr. Goodwin presents the second draft of the Delta Science Plan to the Delta Stewardship Council

    At the September 26 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Lead Scientist Dr. Peter Goodwin presented the second draft of the Delta Science Plan to Council members. Dr. Goodwin began by saying that he appreciated the comments received from the Delta Independent Science Board, who weighed in very heavily on the second draft.  “It seemed …

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    Sep 23 2013

    Maven’s Minutes: Updates from the Delta Regional Forum, part 1: The Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, and the Delta Plan

    On September 19, the Department of Water Resources held a Delta regional forum as part of the update to the California Water Plan.  Part of the forum was dedicated to updates on some of the relevant planning processes currently underway involving the Delta.  This post will cover the information presented regarding the Bay Delta Water …

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    Sep 18 2013

    The Delta Science Plan: Building an open community of science in the Delta

    Science in the Delta is entering a new era.  The requirements of the Delta Reform Act, the recommendations of the National Research Council, and recent court rulings have propelled California forward on a new path of collaborative approaches to management actions in the Delta.  Now more than ever, decision makers will need effective, timely, and …

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