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Do you Tweet? Maybe you should. Council activates its Social Media Tools

September 2011

With Twitter and Facebook, the Council now has two more avenues to interact with the public.

Whether it’s incorporating thousands of public comments into its Draft Delta Plan, or holding community workshops with diverse interest groups, the Delta Stewardship Council relishes the opportunity to interact with the public.

Since it began operations in February of last year, the Council has been lauded for its commitment to transparency. To make even more stakeholders know when and how to engage, the Council is now “tweeting” and “posting” on its newly established Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“It’s wonderful. I’m amazed at how much extra exposure we’re getting. Local reporters are ‘re-tweeting’ (reposting) our message, so we’re being read by thousands of people who might otherwise not be tuned in to the Council,” said Eric Alvarez, Public Information Officer for the Council. “More and more people are getting their information through social media so this is just one more way the Council can reach out and keep stakeholders informed about ways to engage with us.”

Nearly all of the material that hits the “Twitosphere” is available on the Council’s website, but the social media tools allow immediate contact with members of the public who might not visit the DSC site on a regular basis.

“We’re gaining followers rapidly and we’re finding that folks are interested in the message that the Council has to offer,” Alvarez said.

To follow the Council on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook, click the links below.

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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)