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Maven's Notebook - Council Drought Update: Delta perspectives on drought management
05/01/2015
The Council’s April meeting included an update on the continuing drought and its impacts.
Maven's Notebook - Council Drought Update: Water management actions and status of Delta fisheries
05/01/2015
The Council’s April meeting included an update on the continuing dry conditions and how the State is responding.
Gene Beley Video - Delta Stewardship levees management strategy meeting in Walnut Grove spurs heated discussions with farmers & locals
04/24/2015
Mark Wilson was one Delta residents who was skeptical about the Council’s mission to ferret out priorities in its levees investment strategy when he heard the words "state's interests.”
Central Valley Business Times - Is state’s Delta new strategy built on a series of errors?
04/23/2015
Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are about to be spent on projects to restore a small part of the Delta. But Delta business owners, farmers and residents say those spending decisions could be based on faulty data, squandering much of the money.
Stockton Record - New direction for tunnels plan
04/22/2015
“Obviously we’ll have to take a different pathway through the Delta Stewardship Council and comply with the Delta Plan,” DWR Director Mark Cowin said.
Stockton Record - Controversial study to prioritize funding for Delta levees
04/17/2015
The need to prioritize improvements is driven in part by a trend of declining federal funding in the Delta, said Cindy Messer, the council’s deputy executive officer.
Maven's Notebook - Delta challenges workshop, part 3: The Delta ecosystem: Hydrodynamics, water quality, salinity, nutrients, and the food web
04/15/2015
The transcription, part 3: The Workshop, held in March, gave the scientists a chance to hear perspectives from a number of expert scientists and managers on what they saw as the key challenges working in the Delta.
Maven's Notebook - Delta challenges workshop, part 4: Fish, birds, and habitat
04/15/2015
The transcription, part 4: The Workshop, held in March, gave the scientists a chance to hear perspectives from a number of expert scientists and managers on what they saw as the key challenges working in the Delta.
Maven's Notebook - Delta Challenges Workshop, part 1: Delta land use, levees, and agricultural economics
04/15/2015
Part 1 of the transcription - The Workshop, held in March, gave the scientists a chance to hear perspectives from a number of expert scientists and managers on what they saw as the key challenges working in the Delta.
Maven' Notebook - Delta challenges workshop, part 2: Water supply reliability and its challenges
04/15/2015
The transcription, part 2: The Workshop, held in March, gave the scientists a chance to hear perspectives from a number of expert scientists and managers on what they saw as the key challenges working in the Delta.
Los Angeles Times - In California, rights to water exceed the supply
04/03/2015
I asked Phil Isenberg, former chairman of the Delta Stewardship Council, how big a problem is created by rights exceeding water. "Perception is reality," he answered, and "'paper water,'" as some courts have called it, is a very big deal.
Los Angeles Times - Gov. Brown's drought plan goes easy on agriculture
03/27/2015
Phil Isenberg, vice chairman of the Delta Stewardship Council, said the sections of Brown's order demanding more water use data from agriculture are "a very dramatic change."
The Daily Breeze - West Basin water district eliminates individual funds that were the focus of corruption case
03/20/2015
Board President Gloria Gray said although she does not believe public trust in West Basin has diminished since Ronald Smith’s arrest.
Delta Flows Blog - If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
03/19/2015
“Local Delta and state agencies have communicated to the Council their support and confidence in the existing state levee investment strategy.”
Maven's Notebook - New report synthesizes what is known about the life of a Delta smelt
02/06/2015
“Delta smelt has been protected under federal and state endangered species regulations since 1993.”
East County Today - Supervisor Mary Piepho Joins the Delta Stewardship Council
01/30/2015
“Piepho is a recognized leader in working with leaders to find sustainable solutions for providing a more reliable water supply for California and restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem.”
Californiia Legislative Analyst - Achieving State Goals for the Sac-SJ Delta
01/09/2015
“The Delta Stewardship Council lacks the power of enforcement.”
Maven's Notebook - Delta Stewardship Council accepts the Delta Levee Investment Issue Paper
01/08/2015
“Deputy Executive Officer Dan Ray explained that the levee strategy issue paper is really an issue identification document.”
Maven's Notebook - The California Water Plan: Roadmap for Action
01/07/2015
“At their December meeting, Council members were given an overview on the iteration of the CA Water Plan.”
Maven's Notebook - DPIIC Nov. Meeting Coverage Part 1
01/02/2015
Transcription, part 1, of the November 2014 Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee meeting.

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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)