DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Data to Decision Making: The Open and Transparent Water Data Act

In 2016, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1755, the Open and Transparent Water Data Act, which requires the Department of Water Resources, in consultation with the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to improve the accessibility and usability of water and environmental data. The intended outcome for AB […]

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THIS JUST IN … Lawsuit filed against Delta Stewardship Council over Delta Plan conveyance amendment

Lawsuit alleges Council violated the Delta Reform Act and the California Environmental Quality Act by amending the Delta Plan to give the tunnels priority over restoring the Bay-Delta From the Center for Biological Diversity: A coalition of environmental groups today sued the California Delta Stewardship Council for amending the state’s Delta Plan to back construction of two enormous tunnels to […]

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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, […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Easements: A tool for preserving resources we value, or a straight-jacket that will limit our ability to adapt to a changing world? A study from Paradise Cut

A conflict over easements complicate progress on a badly needed flood bypass for the San Joaquin The Paradise Cut Bypass Expansion Project is a multi-benefit project that would reduce flood risk and improve habitat while maintaining agricultural land along the San Joaquin River near Manteca.  The project would increase the flood conveyance capacity by lengthening and widening Paradise Cut and […]

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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 Stewardship Council begins development of an ecosystem amendment to the Delta Plan

The planned amendment to the Delta Plan’s Chapter 4 will incorporate new scientific information developed since 2013 At the time the Delta Plan was adopted in 2013, the state was pursuing a comprehensive approach to infrastructure and habitat restoration through the Bay Delta Conservation Planning (BDCP) process.  The Delta Plan, as written at the time, anticipated that many of the […]

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THIS JUST IN … Delta Plan Amendments Program Environmental Impact Report Available for Public Review and Comment

From the Delta Stewardship Council: Today, Nov. 1, 2017, the Delta Stewardship Council (Council), pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), released the Delta Plan Amendments Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for a 47-day public review and comment period. As part of this release, Council staff is hosting two public open houses today and tomorrow, one in Stockton […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the San Francisco Estuary

Otherwise known as the Estuary Blueprint, the plan has 32 actions designed to improve water quality and promote estuarine health The National Estuary Program (NEP) was established to identify, restore, and protect estuaries along the nation’s coasts in through amendments to the Clean Water Act in 1987.  The NEP targets a broad range of issues, focusing on improving water quality […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan

The update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan was adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board in August of 2017.  At the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Mike Mierzwa, Chief of the Flood Planning Office for the Department of Water Resources, and John Cain, Director of Conservation for California Flood Management, American Rivers, were on hand […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: The Delta Conservation Framework: Looking ahead at restoration to 2050

Document attempts to chart a course for long-term restoration beyond EcoRestore The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the predecessor to the California Water Fix, was conceived as a habitat conservation plan, and as such, was intended to provide benefits to threatened and endangered species that went beyond what would normally be required as mitigation for the construction and operation of […]

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