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Council’s ‘Early Action’ Helps Delta Counties Respond to Disasters

May and June 2012

Four Delta counties recently received grants from the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to improve their emergency response communication systems, due in part to a recommendation from the Delta Stewardship Council (Council).

The Delta is at high risk for flooding and for earthquakes, making emergency response a high priority among policy makers.

The Council convened “Early Action” meetings in 2010 to identify Delta projects that required immediate attention. As a result of these meetings, Council members sent a letter of support to DWR for Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo Counties to receive funding for emergency response communication upgrade.

The grants allow each county to upgrade its emergency response system as needed. For example, the Yolo Emergency Communications Agency received $1.3 million to upgrade its Computer-Aided Dispatch system, which will allow for a broader area of response as well as quicker and more precise communication in the event of an emergency.

Council Executive Officer Joe Grindstaff underscored the importance of the funding. “Emergency response is absolutely essential to those who live and work in the Delta. I applaud DWR for taking our recommendation and acting as quickly as it did.”

To view the video of the 2010 Early Action meeting, click here (Clip 9 and Clip 10)

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)