DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION: Delta Watermaster Michael George gives quarterly update

Update covers consumptive use study, implementation of the WIIN Act, and more … At the November meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Delta Watermaster Michael George gave his quarterly update to the Commission on the activities of his office and the State Water Resources Control Board.  In his presentation, he discussed the consumptive use study, an update on the activities […]

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Delta Watermaster reports to the Delta Protection Commission on the consumptive use study and the voluntary diversion reduction program

Also, DWR’s Paul Marshall updates Commission on the effectiveness drought barrier Attending a Delta Protection Commission meeting is, among other things, a chance to step inside some of the Delta’s beautiful and historic buildings, and the March meeting was no exception.  Held at the historic Ryde Hotel near Walnut Grove, the meeting featured a report by Delta Watermaster Michael George […]

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Delta Narratives, pt 4: Writers and artists in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Dr. Gregg Camfield surveys literature written about the Delta, focusing on an American humorist’s vision of Benicia “Stories matter. Contemporary neuroscience fairly certainly supports our basic intuition that individual human beings construct their identities out of stories, and what is true for individuals is also true, though usually in a more complex way, for cultures,” writes Dr. Gregg Camfield in […]

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Delta Narratives, pt. 3: Building Communities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Economics and Ethnicity

Dr. Jennifer Helzer and Dr. Bob Benedetti look at the diverse cultures that shaped the communities of the Delta Throughout history, the Delta has been a crossroads – a place of environmental change and agricultural fortune, as well as a destination for newcomers as diverse cultures forged distinct communities during the Delta’s land reclamation phase and subsequent agricultural development. The […]

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Delta Narratives, pt. 2: Stitching a River Culture: Trade, Transportation and Communication in the Delta

The Delta Narratives project continues with a look at the history of boating, trains, trucks, and mechanical innovation in the Delta In 2014, the Delta Protection Commission funded the Delta Narratives project, teaming up with scholars, regional museums and others to tell the story of the Delta and to communicate its importance to California’s and the nation’s history. “The imprint […]

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Delta Narratives, pt 1: Managing the Garden: Agriculture, Reclamation, and Restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Delta Protection Commission’s Delta Narratives project seeks to tell the human story of the Delta “These days the Delta is most often considered a reservoir or a habitat,” begins the introduction to the Delta Narratives report.  “Although it has at times been referred to as “the heart of California” because of its centrality and rich natural endowment, its history […]

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Delta Protection Commission requests extension of public comment period for California Water Fix’s Army Corps permit application

Commission is also requesting the Corps hold public meetings in the Delta The Delta Protection Commission has written the Army Corps of Engineers requesting an extension of the public comment period for the permit application for the California Water Fix project, more commonly known as the Delta tunnels.  The comment period is currently scheduled to close on November 9. The […]

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Drought in the Delta: The view from within

Melinda Terry and Dante Nomellini discuss water quality and water rights issues and how they are affecting Delta farmers As the exceptional drought conditions continue, the impacts are being felt statewide, the Delta being no exception.  At the September 17 meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Melinda Terry from the North Delta Water Agency and Dante Nomellini from the Central […]

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Delta Protection Commission prepares to comment on Cal Water Fix

The September meeting includes an update on the preparation of comments, and input from Delta stakeholders on the project As the state agency whose mission is in part to protect, maintain, enhance, and enrich the overall quality of the Delta environment and its economy, the Delta Protection Commission has an interest in commenting on the Cal Water Fix or Delta […]

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Delta Protection Commission hears about the Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Drought Contingency Plan

At the November meeting of the Delta Protection Commission, Cindy Messer from the Delta Stewardship Council gave a presentation on the Council’s Delta Levee Investment Strategy and DWR’s Paul Marshall updated the Commission on the Drought Contingency Plan. Delta Levee Investment Strategy Cindy Messer, Deputy Executive Officer of Planning with the Delta Stewardship Council, began by noting that the  Council was […]

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