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Council Member Brings Multiple Perspectives to the Delta

May 2011

By anyone’s estimation, Don Nottoli is an active public servant. Aside from sitting on the Delta Stewardship Council, he is also chair of the Delta Protection Commission (by statute the chairmanship offered him an automatic seat on the DSC). And if that weren’t enough, he is a Sacramento County Supervisor representing more than 700 square miles of the county’s Fifth District, including the cities of Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova, parts of Sacramento – and much of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“In representing the district that encompasses the Delta, I’ve certainly come to appreciate the many different ways, the many different people and the many pursuits that people apply to life in the Delta,” Nottoli said, who spent 16 years working for his predecessor on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors before he was elected in 1994.

Nottoli says representing this specific geography is at the heart of what he does best. He believes that from the creation of the Commission, and now with the Delta Stewardship Council, there is a history of advocacy for local representation in the region, and he intends to meet that challenge.

“It’s going to be really important to keep in mind as we’re working on a (Delta) Plan, working together as a Council and with staff and consultants and the various interested parties that the Delta be a special place,” Nottoli said. “Where these activities take place is also where people live – how do we protect and preserve that for generations to come?”

Though the DSC stands to offer some of the greatest statewide significance for Nottoli, his local representation extends to myriad local and regional agencies. For instance, he sits on the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, the Sacramento Transportation Authority, the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, and the Sacramento Regional Transit District Board as well as the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District Board, the Freeport Regional Water Authority Board, the Sacramento Valley Basinwide Air Pollution Control Council, the Sacramento County Mental Health Board and the Sacramento Public Library Authority Board. In other words, he is one busy guy.

Some of those local positions offer Nottoli a unique perspective with his role on the Delta Stewardship Council. In fact he says one of his goals is working with the DSC staff to see that the economic sustainability plan currently being developed by the Delta Protection Commission is considered as part of the Delta Plan.

“We’re taking a thorough look at the socioeconomic activities in the Delta…and, more broadly, regional impacts and relationships to the economy and future vitality of the towns,” he said. “It’s an evolving place – what will be sustainable? What will communities need to remain prosperous and make the vitality of the future?”

So the next time you ask Council member Don Nottoli how things are going, make sure to be specific as his responsibilities extend far and wide, and don’t appear to be diminishing anytime soon.

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)