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)

The Vernalis Adaptive Management Plan (VAMP) is a 12-year experiment/management program originally designed to provide protection for San Joaquin River migrating juvenile Chinook salmon equivalent to the protective measures in the 1995 Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta Estuary (1995 Bay-Delta Plan). Although the 1995 Bay-Delta Plan has since been amended (it is now the 2006 Bay-Delta Plan) the protective measures have remained largely unchanged. The Delta Science Program has assembled an Independent Review Panel consisting of national experts who will review VAMP documents prior to the meeting, participate in discussion with the proponents, and provide an independent review of the science generated by the VAMP and make recommendations for how this science should be used to inform changes to the 2006 Bay-Delta Plan.

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To view the Appeals Procedures adopted by the Council on Sept. 24, 2010, please click here.