Update on DWR’s Reservoir Reoperation Study

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DWR’s Ajay Goyal tells the Delta Stewardship Council that there are benefits to reoperation of the state’s system, but they look to be limited Senate Bill X2 1, passed in 2008,  allocated resources for the planning and feasibility studies to identify potential options for the reoperation of the state’s flood protection and water supply systems that would optimize the use […]

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Update on the Water Storage Investment Program

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Details on the progress of the regulations from updates at both the Delta Stewardship Council and the California Water Commission The California Water Commission is the designated agency to award $2.7 billion of Prop 1 funding for the public benefits of water storage projects.  Since the passage of Prop 1, the Commission has been working on developing the regulations for […]

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This just in … Delta Stewardship Council issues statement on court’s tentative Delta Plan ruling

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From the Delta Stewardship Council: Statement of Jessica Pearson, Executive Officer: While the Sacramento Superior Court’s May 19th ruling upheld significant aspects of the Council’s Delta Plan, the tentative ruling from today unfortunately moves to set aside the Delta Plan until specified revisions are completed. At the same time, the Court validated the Council’s role in creating an enforceable Delta […]

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This just in … Court issues clarification on Delta Plan ruling

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“To be clear, the Delta Plan is invalid and must be set aside until proper revisions are completed.” The Sacramento Superior Court has issued a tentative ruling on multiple parties requests for clarification of the recent ruling on the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan. In May of 2013, the Council adopted a Delta Plan containing 14 regulatory policies and 73 […]

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Randy Fiorini: The Delta Plan: Putting the pieces together

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Randy Fiorini, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, talks about the role of the Council and their efforts to implement the Delta Plan There are literally hundreds of agencies that have at least some responsibility for the Delta; the Delta Stewardship Council is the only one charged with developing and implementing a single blueprint to integrate and guide all actions. […]

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Delta Stewardship Council: Independent science review panels and the biological opinions

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Panel at the Delta Stewardship Council discusses the effectiveness and impact of the yearly independent science panel review of the biological opinion RPAs for operations of the state and federal water project The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have each issued a biological opinion on the long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and […]

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Delta Stewardship Council: 2016: El Nino and Beyond: A look at water operations in the year ahead

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John Leahigh with the State Water Project, David Guy with the Northern California Water Association, and Ara Azdherian with the San Luis-Delta Mendota Water Authority give their perspective on water operations for the coming year So far, this water year, which began on October 1st, 2015 has brought California its wettest winter in years due to El Nino bringing above […]

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Delta Stewardship Council addresses Delta conveyance and water storage operations

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Council votes to start work on potential Delta Plan amendment, which would include additional regulatory policies and/or recommendations to address Delta conveyance At the March meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members discussed and ultimately decided to move forward with initiating the process to amend the Delta Plan to address water conveyance, storage, and the operation of both to […]

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Delta Watermaster reports to the Stewardship Council on the results of last year’s voluntary reduction program among Delta farmers

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The farmers achieved a 32% reduction in diversions At the March meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George briefed council members on the report on the voluntary reduction program among in-Delta water rights claimants that was in place last summer over the growing season, work being done on salinity hotspots in the Delta, implementation of the new […]

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