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)

Legislation

The package of bills passed by the Legislature in 2009 have become an historic landmark in California water policy. The package included the Delta Reform Act of 2009, which created the Delta Stewardship Council, it established new standards for groundwater monitoring, statewide water conservation, enforcing Delta diversion and setting state policy that achieving water supply reliability and restoring the Delta’s ecosystem must be applied coequally.

On this page you can find links to the 2009 water package and links to other important water-related bills in recent history.

SBX7 1, enacted in special session in November 2009, established the framework to achieve the coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply to California and restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. These coequal goals are to be achieved in a manner that protects the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta.

To learn more about this bill, including early drafts and analyses, please click here.

 
Related Reads - Legislation

2009 Comprehensive Water Package
Senate Bill X7 1 was part of a comprehensive package of bill representing major steps towards ensuring a reliable water supply for future generations, as well as restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and other sensitive areas.

 

2009 Legislation Booklet
Booklet version of above document.


 

Delta Council Background Info
A two-page abbreviated version

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IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

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