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Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: State Water Project reliability issues - It’s not all about the Delta, plus an update on the Thermalito Pumping Plant fire
Decreasing water supply reliability and increasing costs are not just about problems in the Delta. Serious labor recruitment and retention issues within the State Water Project have cost rate payers at least $70 million in additional costs and, in one case, cost one agency 67,000 acre-feet of water.
AP - Plan May Give Outside Agencies Role in Delta
California's water contractors would have a key role in the design and construction of the $14 billion twin-tunnel plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta under a pact quietly being negotiated by state water officials, a newspaper reported on Monday.
Maven's Notebook - Blog round-up: Delta counties submit their own idea for BDCP governance, saving the Delta, the BDCP and fish, law is better than trust? and more!
Delta counties submit their own governance plan for the BDCP: The Delta Counties Coalition has long advoacted for a greater role in the planning and implementation of the BDCP, and in a white paper, define a slightly different governance structure than the BDCP’s Chapter 7, which they say will give the counties “meaningful participation and control over both BDCP planning and implementation.”
Sac Bee - Delta pipeline pact could 'get project done, then go away'
California water agencies have been quietly negotiating with state officials to take a major role in designing and building the giant Sacramento River diversion tunnels at the core of Gov. Jerry Brown's water policy for the state, according to documents obtained by The Bee.
Capitol Weekly - Politics and policy collide in fight over water
Phil Isenberg is a former state lawmaker, mayor of Sacramento and big-time lobbyist -- someone who’s been in a lot of political street fights but whose latest battle may be his biggest.
Stockton Record - Blog: A greater role for Delta counties?
The Delta Counties Coalition has some thoughts on how to give the Delta a “meaningful” role in overseeing operations of the twin tunnels — if they’re built.
Maven's Notebook - A status report on the State Water Board’s Bay-Delta Plan
With so much attention and focus on the Brown Administrations $18 billion tunnel plan, otherwise known as the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, it could be easy to think it was the only planning process going on in the Delta.
Sac Bee - Viewpoints: To save salmon, we must save fish they eat
This spring, as I spend most of my weekends fishing for chinook salmon, it's hard not to recall fishing memories with family and friends. In fact, some of my fondest recollections involve the fishing tales of my grandfather.
Maven's Notebook - Consolidated Delta smelt and salmonid cases update: Court grants a one-year extension on biological opinions
The Eastern District Court has granted the request of the water and federal fish agencies to extend the deadline for rewrite of the Delta smelt and salmonid biological opinions by one year in order to implement an adaptive management program. The extension falls short of the three-year extension that the agencies had been requesting; however, future extensions will be considered on a year-by-year basis depending upon the progress made.
Sac Bee - The big divide over water: Plan balances the needs of the ecosystem and exporters
California has an extraordinary opportunity to make its water supplies safer and more secure. We can avoid the devastating economic impacts of a natural disaster. We can restore the ecological health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and enhance Delta communities. We are, at last, positioned to achieve these significant benefits through the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
Sac Bee: The big divide over water: Mistrust is top obstacle to repairing the Delta
A recent conversation made me realize that something critical was missing from the efforts to "fix" the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Friant Waterline - Stewardship Council OKs Its Plan For Delta | Friant Waterline
Stewardship Council OKs Its Plan For Delta Lasting solutions may have proven elusive but the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta continues to be well stocked
Chico Enterprise Record - Groundwater has increasing role in state water policy
The days of using merely water from snowpack, rivers and streams is over, said Jay Lund Tuesday in a talk about groundwater, as part of a lecture series at Chico State University. Lund is a professor of environmental engineering at the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis.
Maven's Minutes - The April 4th Bay Delta Conservation Plan Public Meeting
A second public meeting on the BDCP documents was held in Sacramento on April 4th to discuss the newly released chapters of the draft plan, which included the much-anticipated Effects Analysis as well as implementation and governance of the plan.
CA Water Blog - UC Davis speakers series: Critical problems for California water policy
California’s water future is at a critical juncture. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is declining, both as a reliable hub for exporting water for millions of Californians and millions of farmed acres, and as an ecosystem supporting a vast array of wildlife.
Capitol Weekly - Scaling down the big one?
The nature of one of the most ambitious public works projects in California's history resides in the detail.
Stockton Record - Rice fields show promise for young salmon
Salmon swam out of rice fields recently, and they came out fatter than ever.
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: California Water Policy Seminar Series presents Mark Cowin: “What’s so Funny ‘bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?”
The Director of the Department of Water Resources, Mark Cowin, was the final speaker in the California Water Policy Seminar Series which concluded on March 18, 2013. Mark Cowin has worked for over 30 years at the Department of Water Resources in a variety of positions, including Assistant Director for the CalFED program and as Deputy Director of Integrated Water Management. He has served as director since 2010. During his speech, Mr. Cowin spoke about the success of the Integrated Regional Water Management Program as well as the challenges of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and even shared his perspective on career opportunities at DWR.
BDCP Blog - What the BDCP Is - and Isn't
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is so big -- the draft environmental reports top 18,000 pages -- and so comprehensive in the way it seeks the long-term recovery of dozens of protected species that it's easy to forget that the BDCP is just one element in a broader plan.
Calaveras Enterprise - CCWD chief warns of water grab
Concern is growing about the future of water supplies throughout the foothills, especially in light of a new Central Valley Delta water plan being rolled out and a continuing population increase throughout the state.


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)