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The Delta Stewardship Council denied an appeal from the Atherton Cove Property Owners Association on March 21, 2019 that had challenged a proposal to build a flood control gate at the mouth of Smith Canal and Atherton Cove, adjacent to the San Joaquin River/Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel. Learn more here.

Fulfilling a key recommendation of the Council’s Delta Plan, the designation will help cultivate and retain the public's appreciation for the significance of this unique region, said Council Chair Susan Tatayon.

The Council is pleased to name Harriet Lai Ross as the assistant planning director for its Planning and Performance Division effective March 6, 2019. Learn more about her background and experience here.

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Science in Action


Housed within the Delta Stewardship Council, Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) Lead Scientist Steve Culberson regularly works with the Delta Science Program to identify, track, and explain the status and needs of Bay-Delta science. Co-localizing the IEP lead scientist within the Delta Stewardship Council allows for stronger collaboration and communication between data collectors and data users while working towards the vision of One Delta, One Science. Learn more about Culberson and the IEP here.

Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)