Milestones on the Horizon
As the Delta Stewardship Council moves closer toward adopting a final Delta Plan, there are still many benchmarks to be met and —as always—many comments to be reviewed.
The Council met one of those benchmarks Nov. 4 when it released its draft environmental impact report (EIR), which provides an environmental review for the Fifth Staff Draft Delta Plan and five alternatives.
After a 60-day public review scheduled to conclude Jan. 3, staff will then begin preparing written responses to comments received on the draft EIR, which will most likely be published in March.
In February and March, staff will consider changes to the Fifth Staff Draft Delta Plan in light of comments received and develop a sixth Staff Draft, receive additional comments and present a final draft to the Council. The adopted Delta Plan then will be submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for review and an additional 45-day public comment period.
Delta Stewardship Council members stressed the importance of diligence during the plan-drafting process.
“It’s important we do a thoughtful plan,” said Council member Gloria Gray.
“The Delta Plan will be foundational,” added Executive Officer Joe Grindstaff. “It will point the way for other agencies moving forward to meet the coequal goals.”