Tag Archive: Delta Stewardship Council

Dec 11 2014

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 …

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Dec 10 2014

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 …

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Dec 08 2014

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 …

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Dec 05 2014

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 …

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Dec 03 2014

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 …

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Dec 02 2014

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. …

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Dec 01 2014

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 …

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Nov 13 2014

Delta Stewardship Council Chair Randy Fiorini on Actionable Science in the Delta

As Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, Randy Fiorini heads the agency that is charged with developing and implementing a long term plan for the Delta that will achieve the coequal goals, and to do so through the use of best available science.  At the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference plenary session, Randy Fiorini outlined …

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Nov 12 2014

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 …

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Nov 07 2014

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 …

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Oct 09 2014

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 …

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Oct 07 2014

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 …

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Oct 06 2014

Delta Levee Investment Strategy update: Presentation and discussion of the Levee Investment Issue Paper

At the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Deputy Executive Officer Cindy Messer updated the council on the progress of the development of the Delta levee investment strategy. The focus of this month’s update is an issue paper that staff have drafted and is currently being circulated for public review. The issue paper has …

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Sep 29 2014

Director Mark Cowin updates Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Committee on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and addresses EPA’s comments, plus Randy Fiorini of the Delta Stewardship Council on the Council’s five priorities

The latest information on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan took center stage at the September 23rd meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay Delta. The meeting began with a presentation by Mark Cowin, Director of the Department of Water Resources, who updated the Committee the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and how the …

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Sep 05 2014

Delta Stewardship Council endorses habitat restoration issue paper; an update on the Delta Levee Investment Strategy

At the August meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members spent the morning touring the Antioch Dunes and Dutch Slough restoration projects in the western Delta. After lunch, they reconvened at the Big Break Visitors Center in Oakley to discuss endorsement of a new habitat restoration issue paper and hear an update on where …

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