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Fifth Staff Draft Comments Due Sept. 30 - Latest Document to Form Basis of Environmental Impact Report

September 2011

The Delta Stewardship Council continues to improve and shape the Delta Plan with the release of the fifth staff draft. The document contains considerable changes from previous drafts, with fewer regulatory policies and more recommendations.

The document, which was posted on the DSC website on August 2, will also serve as the foundation for an environmental impact report, which will be released later this month.

The fifth staff draft includes 12 proposed regulatory policies and 61 proposed recommendations There are also two new recommendations in the chapter on water resources. The first relates to developing specific information in the California Water Plan Update to help support the water resources’ Performance Measures in the Delta Plan, while the second relates to improving water use and water conservation at state-owned facilities.

Various chapters have been improved as a result of public comment and Council direction. As with previous drafts, comment letters from a broad range of stakeholders and public entities have offered advice, revisions, corrections and additions on nearly every aspect of the Plan.

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)