WEEKLY DIGEST for April 29 through May 4

A list of posts published on Maven’s Notebook this week …

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Three amendments to Delta Plan adopted

The Delta Stewardship Council adopts amendments to the Delta Plan regarding conveyance, levee prioritization, and performance measures

At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Councilmembers voted 5-2 to certify the environmental impact report and adopt three amendments to the Delta Plan.  The amendments, in development for years, address the prioritization of state investments in Delta levees, Delta conveyance, and Delta Plan performance measures.  It is the third time the Delta Plan has been amended since the Plan was first adopted in 2013.


The 2009 Delta Reform Act created the Delta Stewardship Council and charged it with developing a comprehensive long-term management plan for the Delta to achieve the coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem.

In April of 2013, the first Delta Plan was adopted.  The Delta Plan is to be reviewed and updated every five years, and amended as needed when conditions change.  Since 2013, the Council has amended the Delta Plan twice, first in February 2016 to include refined performance measures, and again in September 2016 to exempt single-year water transfers from consideration as covered actions.

For the past several years, Council staff has been preparing proposals for Delta Plan Amendments addressing three topics: the Delta Levees Investment and Risk Reduction Strategy (DLIS Amendment); Conveyance, Storage, and the Operations of Both (CSO Amendment); and Performance Measures (PM Amendment).   After numerous workshops and council meetings, the text of the proposed Delta Plan Amendments was approved in concept at the Council’s June 2017 meeting, and staff was then directed to use the draft amendments as the project description for purposes of the required environmental review under CEQA.

At the April meeting last week, the Council considered certifying the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report and adopting the three amendments.  Also part of the decision before the Council was to adopt the Delta Levee Investment and Risk Reduction Strategy as either a regulation and therefore legally enforceable through the Delta Plan’s consistency certification process, or as a recommendation.

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In water news this week from around the web …

WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: In reversal, Santa Clara Valley Water District may provide $650 million to Brown’s Delta tunnels plan; Assemblyman Frazier not impressed by Delta Council vote; California voters will consider two water bonds this election cycle; Martins Beach: Supreme Court moves closer to taking case in billionaire Vinod Khosla’s attempt to block public access; San Bernardino-area lawmakers say they’re seeking state safety funds for California Aqueduct; and more … READ IT HERE:  Weekend Daily Digest

MONDAY:  Will rising seas eventually devour California’s beachfront homes?; Studying the journey of beach sand can combat sea level rise, improve surf conditions; Owens Lake: Former toxic dust bowl transformed into environmental success; Virtual reality game brings feel of fantasy football to salmon survival studies; Yolo groundwater management continues with monitoring; L.A. County officials considering property tax for stormwater measures; Big challenges for Colorado River states who want to conserve water; and more …  READ IT HERE:  Monday’s Daily Digest

TUESDAY:  Did Gov. Brown promise the Bay Area a new reservoir in exchange for Delta tunnels support?; Q&A: To manage California’s groundwater, think more about surface water; Radio show: California’s groundwater basins draft plans to become sustainable; Podcast #26: The fate of the Delta smelt; Critical decision to be made about Temperance Flat dam; Instead of more dams, communities turn to reusing wastewater; EPA: How Pruitt’s science plan might help industry fight rules; and more …  READ IT HERE:  Tuesday’s Daily Digest

WEDNESDAY:  Pressure mounts to solve California’s toxic farmland drainage problem; California’s towering redwoods face uncertain future; Drought and warm temperatures: Does one create the other?; Key Obama climate orders still on the books; Federal judge sides with Klamath Basin fish over farmers; Straw wars! Bay Area push to ban plastic straws picks up steam; Poseidon’s Huntington Beach desalination plant: What to know about its pros and cons for Southern California water; Three-eyed fish and two-headed turtles? The stench of this river spanning US-Mexico border is legendary; and more … READ IT HERE:  Wednesday’s Daily Digest

THURSDAY: Santa Clara Valley Water District delays vote on Delta tunnels project; A million salmon were released into the Sacramento River. So why are anglers unhappy?; Seeds for tomorrow: California’s water managers harness storms for drought relief; Wayward stewardship: North-south tensions laid bare at hearing over fate of Delta Stewardship Council; Surfing competition comes to the Central Valley; Mysterious giant eyeball washes up on Florida beach; and more …  READ IT HERE:  Thursday’s Daily Digest

FRIDAY: Congressman: State put Delta tunnels ahead of Oroville spillway; Novel Effort to Aid Groundwater on California’s Central Coast Could Help Other Depleted Basins; Temperance Flat Reservoir project far from key state funding despite Valley backing; Frazier pushes to dissolve Delta Stewardship Council; This Iconic High Sierra Lake Was Once Named…Bigler?; and more …  READ IT HERE:  Friday’s Daily Digest


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