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)

Litigation

The Delta Plan is a comprehensive, long-term management plan for the Delta that creates new rules to help provide a reliable supply of water for California and protect and restore the Delta ecosystem in a way that respects the people who live and work in the Delta.  The Plan also establishes a new and more significant level of independent scientific involvement in both water and ecosystem management.  In addition, the Plan, as required by law, lays out a management structure to foster coordination among state and local agencies, whose actions and plans must be consistent with the Delta Plan.

On May 16, 2013 the Delta Stewardship Council unanimously adopted the Delta Plan. The Plan's 14 policies will become legally enforceable after the regulatory language has been approved by the Office of Administrative Law and an associated filing process with the California Secretary of State is completed. For more on this process, please click here.

Following the adoption of the Plan, and within the 30-day window for action provided by the California Environmental Quality Act, several agencies, organizations, and individuals filed lawsuits in an attempt to invalidate the Delta Plan.

Below are the names of the lead entities that have engaged in litigation against the Delta Stewardship Council.  Next to their names are links that will direct you to the legal paperwork that is particular to each case.

 

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

 

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