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Regional conversations lead to common themes - Delta Stewardship Council concludes scoping meetings

February 2011

Common themes and questions arose during the seven Delta Stewardship Council scoping meetings that took place Jan. 18 – 26, around the state.

Scoping meetings are for the stakeholders to share with the Council local knowledge that will help shape the Delta Plan, and to suggest strategies and alternatives that it should consider. What Council members and staff heard reflects much of the competing views of water supply, ecosystem enhancement and Delta protection that has colored discussions for decades. They also listened to concerns about future impacts of climate change, how other plans such as the BDCP relate to the Delta Plan, and whether the Plan should address issues such as water storage, water rights and water use efficiency that affect the Delta but are broader than its geographic scope.

The Council will use the comments received at the meetings and those that were sent by mail and email to further develop the Delta Plan. The first draft is expected to be released on Feb. 14.

A full report on the scoping meetings will be presented to the Council in February. In the meantime, to hear audio and view the notes of each scoping meeting, please visit 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)