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Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment

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The Decker Island Tidal Restoration Project was certified consistent with the Delta Plan in November 2017. (DWR Photo).

 

When the Council approved the Delta Plan in 2013, it adopted policies and recommendations in Chapter 4 directing agencies to restore aquatic habitat and improve water quality while respecting local land uses and expanding opportunities for nature-based recreation and tourism. While that general direction holds true, much has changed in the past five years.

 

Through a public process lasting through early 2019, the Council will work with partner agencies, stakeholders, and the public to build upon, further refine, and amend Chapter 4 of the Delta Plan. Currently, the chapter includes regulations covering flow, introduction of nonnative invasive species, and criteria for priority restoration sites.

 

This amendment is intended to consider the past and future effects of climate change and sea level rise, incorporate lessons learned about adaptive management of the Delta ecosystem, identify best practices, address needed institutional changes to improve implementation of restoration actions, and be informed by the best available interdisciplinary science. Through this amendment, the Council will review and update, as appropriate, the proposed actions, policies, recommendations, and performance measures in Chapter 4.

 

Through a public process lasting through early 2019, the Council will work with partner agencies, stakeholders, and the public to build upon, further refine, and amend Chapter 4 (Protect, Restore and Enhance the Delta Ecosystem) of the Delta Plan. Listed below in reverse chronological order (most recent on top) are the meeting materials and (when available) videos of the public meetings during which the amendment will be developed.

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March 2018 Synthesis Papers released

Council staff and consultants are developing three synthesis papers to inform the amendment to the Chapter 4, Delta Plan: Restore, Protect, and Enhance the Delta Ecosystems. Each paper includes a literature review of best-available science, with special focus on work relevant to the Bay-Delta system, and concludes with implications and considerations for recommendations, policies, and performance measures in amendments to Chapter 4.

  • The Synthesis Papers are posted under the Project Documents tab.

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February 2018 Council Meeting

Today’s presentation informs the Council about the development and preliminary findings of three science synthesis papers that will be foundational to development of the amendment. This includes the process and scope of the research, level of scientific review and feedback, and a discussion of initial findings and considerations for policy and practice within the Delta. The three main topics of the synthesis papers are Climate Change, Conservation Planning and Restoration Science, and Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems.

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October 2017 Council Meeting

Today's presentation discusses the approach and timeline for the Ecosystem Amendment. This presentation primarily focuses on the proposed process, including communications and outreach strategy, timeline, and an overview of the anticipated scope of the amendment.

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August 2017 Council Meeting

Today's discussion with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) provides an update on the development of its draft Delta Conservation Framework (Framework) and lessons learned in the development of this guide for regional-scale restoration planning. 

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September 2016 Council Meeting

Today's discussion focuses on how three efforts will inform an amendment to the Ecosystem chapter of the Delta Plan.  Representatives from the San Francisco Estuary Institute discuss development of "A Delta Renewed: A Guide to Science-Based Ecological Restoration in the Delta". Representatives from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife discuss development of their 25-year Conservation Framework. And Council staff discusses lessons learned from the first three years of Delta Plan implementation.

 

 

Ecosystem Synthesis Papers

The Council uses whitepapers (or in this case, synthesis papers) produced by the Council’s staff or consultants to explore various aspects and ideas of at the intersection of science and policy.  These papers generally offer recommendations on possible solutions that would further the achievement of the coequal goals for the Delta, and are intended to provide context and information to support Council development of draft policies, recommendations, and performance measures.

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Council staff and consultants are developing three synthesis papers to inform the amendment to the Chapter 4, Delta Plan: Restore, Protect, and Enhance the Delta Ecosystems. Each synthesis paper includes a literature review of best-available science, with special focus on work relevant to the Bay-Delta system, and concludes with implications and considerations for recommendations, policies, and performance measures in amendments to Chapter 4.


Comments are welcome and will be used to inform the development of policies, recommendations, and performance measures for Chapter 4.

 

Papers in PDF format:

 

 

 

Senior Environmental Scientist Ron Melcer discusses the Ecosystem amendment with Delta residents. (Council photo)

 

The Council hosted a February 22, 2018 workshop in Clarksburg to discuss the science informing the  development of the ecosystem amendment and to hear from Delta Residents. Staff and consultants discussed issues to be addressed during the amendment process and answered individual questions about the proposed amendment.

  • Click here to see the presentation - COMING SOON
  • Click here to see the informational posters describing the amendment process.

 

Public comments about any aspect of the proposed Delta Plan ecosystem amendment are welcome and will be used to inform the development of policies, recommendations, and performance measures for Chapter 4.

 

Please submit written comments after March 22 by email to ecosystemamendment@deltacouncil.ca.gov or by letter to Ecosystem Amendment, Delta Stewardship Council, 980 Ninth Street, Suite 1500, Sacramento, CA 95814.

 

All written comments will be posted here shortly after they are received.

 

 

Other related efforts:

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)