The Delta Stewardship Council uses Issue Papers produced by the Council’s staff or consultants to explore various aspects and ideas of water-related issues – especially those dealing with the Delta and the state policy of coequal goals. These Issue Papers generally offer recommendations on possible solutions that would further the achievement of water supply reliability for California and ecosystem restoration for the Delta.
In addition, during the development of the Delta Plan, six specific White Papers were produced by the Delta Stewardship Council staff as informational documents. The Papers were designed to educate the Council on the background and critical issues of various individual items that eventually evolved into the 14 policies and 73 recommendations of the final Delta Plan.
Water Storage Issue Paper
This Issue Paper, authored by DSC Vice-Chair Randy Fiorini, is entitled, “Don’t Just Think ‘Big’ When Adding to State’s Water Storage Capacity.” The paper discusses the successes of many local public water agencies in constructing small storage projects, and suggests the State consider small, as well as large scale storage projects, to address California’s water storage needs. Specific recommendations include:
Water Resources White Paper
This white paper is intended to describe the development of facilities and jurisdictional requirements over the past 150 years that have addressed beneficial uses, potential and real conflicts between those uses, and future risks. This white paper provides a summary of historical and existing conditions, but does not provide specific details such as operational criteria for water systems that divert water from the Delta watersheds. This white paper does not address methods to reduce the risks or reduce existing or potential adverse conditions in the Delta. Additional information will be provided in the Existing Conditions and Affected Environment sections of the EIR, including:
Delta as a Place: Agriculture White Paper
The purpose of this white paper is to analyze past and current agricultural use in the Delta and correlated economic and ecosystem value of agricultural production. California law delegates authority to directly regulate land use to cities and counties. The primary method by which the agricultural land use is regulated in the Delta is through city and/or county general plan policies. City and county general plans include provisions to protect farmland, develop infrastructure, preserve and restore natural habitat, and concentrate future urban growth within existing city/community boundaries.
This white paper is not intended to describe the existing and projected conditions in detail. More detailed discussions of existing and projected conditions will be presented in the Delta Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Draft versions of the EIR chapters that are related to the existing and projected future conditions without implementation of the Act will be provided in early 2011 for review by the Council and the public. Most of the information in this white paper is summarized or taken directly from existing documents. This white paper does not address regulation of agriculture or recommend policy. This white paper will be considered in the development of the framework for the Delta Plan and alternatives in the Draft EIR.
Delta Emergency Management White Paper
This white paper has been developed to provide the Delta Stewardship Council with an overview of the state of emergency operations in the Delta as it relates to levee failures and their consequences. This white paper has the following two primary purposes:
This white paper achieves these two purposes by briefly summarizing (1) the history of emergency response in the Delta, (2) the authority of various agencies with jurisdiction to respond to levee failures and/or flooding, (3) the current status of emergency response and planning activities in the Delta, and (4) an overview of eligibility for disaster assistance.
Delta Land Use/Socioeconomics White Paper
This white paper is intended to describe land use patterns in the Delta and local plans and other policy guidance documents that guide those uses in sufficient detail to inform policy development for the Delta Plan.
This paper is also intended to aid understanding of how urbanization and/or conservation policies in and around the Delta would address future issues facing the Delta and whether these policies are consistent or inconsistent with the policy direction given by the Act.
In addition, this white paper serves as the substantial basis for the environmental setting section of the Delta Plan EIR. This white paper focuses on the five primary counties (and cities in those counties) that are within the Primary and Secondary Zones of the Delta—Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo. A small portion of Alameda County, the northeast corner bordering San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties, is in the Secondary Zone. This part of Alameda County contains agricultural lands and facilities, and few residences, roads, and water conveyance infrastructure.
Delta Ecosystem White Paper
The purpose of this white paper is to address several central questions to the Delta Plan:
This white paper does not address methods to reduce the risks or reduce existing or potential adverse conditions in the Delta.
Flood Risk White Paper
This Flood Risk White Paper has two primary purposes as it relates to introducing the topic of risk reduction to the Delta Stewardship Council in the course of developing the Delta Plan: