The Delta Watermaster’s quarterly report: Drought, data, near-term initiatives, and the Delta Plan

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  Delta Watermaster Michael George updates the Delta Stewardship Council on the activities of his office and the State Board to address the ongoing drought, as well as prepare for post-drought At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George updated council members on the activities of the State Water Board and of his office, including […]

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Craig Wilson, the first Delta watermaster, reflects on his four years in office


Just last week, the State Water Resources Control Board appointed Michael George to be the new Delta Watermaster.  He’ll be filling the shoes of Criag Wilson, who was appointed in 2010 to be the state’s first Delta Watermaster, a position that was established by the 2009 Delta Reform Act. On a recent trip to Sacramento, I sat down with Mr. […]

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Retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson gives his last report to the Delta Protection Commission

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On September 25th, the Delta Protection Commission met in Discovery Bay.  On the agenda, an update from retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson and the Commission’s consideration of taking a position on Proposition 1, the water bond.  This is the first of two-part coverage from the meeting and covers the presentation by the Delta Watermaster.  Part two will post tomorrow and […]

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Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updates the State Water Board on water use in the Delta, Term 91, and more

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At the January 21st State Water Resources Control Board meeting, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updated the Board on the activities of his office, which include the collection of data on water use in the Delta, permits in the larger Delta watershed and specifically about Term 91 and how it’s been implemented uniquely this year, a new interactive Delta water use […]

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Delta Watermaster presents report on California’s Area of Origin laws to State Water Board


One of the statutory responsibilities of the Delta Watermaster is to present reports to the State Water Resources Control Board and the Delta Stewardship Council on various water resource issues.  On October 8th, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson presented his eighth report to the Board titled “California’s Area of Origin Laws”. Mr. Wilson began by saying that he’d heard Area of […]

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Delta Watermaster update to the State Water Board: Dry conditions and Delta water quality standards, Term 91, water use statements and more


At the August 6th meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board, Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson updated Board members on the activities of his office. Complaint against DFG’s water use in the Delta resolved:  A complaint had been made alleging that the Department of Fish and Wildlife did not have valid water rights to support some of their diversions of […]

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The Delta Watermaster presents his latest report, Gates and Barriers, to the State Water Board

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The landmark Delta Reform Act of 2009 made many changes to governance in the Delta, including a provision that required the appointment of a Delta Watermaster.  The legislation charged the watermaster with several functions, including the responsibility for the administration of water rights in the Delta, enforcement activities, and monitoring and reporting of water diversions within the Delta watershed.  The […]

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Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson talks to the Delta Stewardship Council about expanding "Term 91"

After the conclusion of the public hearing on the rulemaking package on January 24, the Delta Stewardship Council held their regular monthly meeting.  The sixth item on the agenda was Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson, who presented his latest report, Term 91: Stored Water Bypass Requirements. California Water Code directs Mr. Wilson to submit regular reports on water issues to the […]

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Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson talks about the roles and responsibilities of his office

In 2009, the Delta Reform Act directed the State Water Resources Control Board to appoint a watermaster for the Delta.  In 2010, Craig Wilson was appointed as the first Delta Watermaster.  Since taking office, Mr. Wilson has initiated several activities, from compliance and enforcement actions and investigations of water users to the preparation of policy-level reports on key water issues. […]

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Report Summary: Term 91 and Delta flow requirements

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is required by law to establish flow and water quality objectives that ensure the reasonable protection of beneficial uses.  With the revision of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan underway, and even the State Water Board itself admitting in a 2010 report, “The best available science suggests that current flows are insufficient […]

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