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Work Session for Covered Actions

November 2011

The Delta Stewardship Council will hold another work session to explain and discuss covered actions, one of the most talked about parts of the Delta Plan.

The work session will likely be in late November in Sacramento.

This chart shows the steps in identifying a covered action. Agencies retain flexibility in how to meet these responsibilities for covered actions within the parameters of other legal authorities.

In short, a covered action as defined by the Legislature is any plan, program, or project that fits the definition of a project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and meets the four criteria under the Delta Reform Act. Those four criteria are:

  • It (the plan, program, or project) will occur, in whole or in part, within the boundaries of the Delta or Suisun Marsh;
  • It will be carried out, approved or funded by the state or a local public agency;
  • It is covered by one or more provisions of the Delta Plan; and
  • It will have a significant impact on achievement of one or both of the coequal goals or the implementation of government-sponsored flood control programs to reduce risks to people, property and state interests in the Delta.

“The statute [the Delta Reform Act] determines what a covered action is,” Council Chair Phil Isenberg said. “The Delta Plan is in pursuit of the coequal goals [a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem] and the objectives, and to the extent that a covered action determined by statute might impact the Delta Plan and otherwise meet the test of law, then we’d hear it.”

Simply put, the statute requires that covered actions be consistent with the Delta Plan. Accordingly, only those seeking to initiate a covered action are required to comply with the regulatory aspects of the Delta Plan.

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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)