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Maven's Notebook - USGS Science in the Delta, plus other notes from the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council
"The Council unanimously approved the addition of the USGS to the DPIIC membership."
Maven's Notebook - Retiring Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson gives his last report to the DPC
“Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson has reached the end of his four year appointment and will be retiring at the end of September.” 
Maven's Notebook - Bay-Delta Science Conference preview and more …
“Council Field Trip of the Antioch Dunes and Dutch Slough, Council Endorses Issue Paper on Habitat Restoration.”
Maven's Notebook - USGS Science in the Delta, plus other notes from the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council
“The Council unanimously approved the addition of the USGS to the DPIIC membership.”
Circle of Blue - Jerry Brown, Smart and Prepared, Responds to California’s Drought Emergency
“’He thinks unconventionally,’ said Phil Isenberg who was mayor of Sacramento during the 1977 drought. ‘The governor is really smart. He thinks about the end goal instead of getting lost in the details of the fight.’”
Maven's Notebook - Director Mark Cowin updates MWD’s Bay Delta Committee on the BDCP and addresses EPA’s comments, plus the DSC’s Randy Fiorini on the Council’s five priorities
“What I want to talk to you today is explain to you the five high priority areas that the Council is committed to and is working on. Most of those touch the work that you do here.”
Stockton Record - Port giving new life to sand dunes, rare butterfly
Staffers with the Delta Stewardship Council walk across the remnants of historic sand dunes at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. The Port of Stockton is helping supply the refuge with sand dredged from the adjacent San Joaquin River to rebuild the long-lost dunes. 
Delta E-News - Habitat Restoration Issue Paper and Interim Science Action Agenda
Habitat Restoration Issue Paper and Interim Science Action Agenda: These items were mentioned in this week's Delta E-News.
Maven's Notebook - Delta Stewardship Council endorses habitat restoration issue paper; an update on the Delta Levee Investment Strategy
During its August meeting, the Council discussed endorsement of a new habitat restoration issue paper.
Mountain Democrat - Delta Council Rotates Members and Science Day Flows at Delta Stewardship Council
"Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, appointed Aug. 2014 to succeed Council member Gloria Gray." - and - "Council Chair Randy Fiorini is found of saying, 'There is no silver bullet' when it comes to meeting the Council's coequal goals."
Maven's Notebook - Delta Stewardship Council hears updates on the Delta Levee Prioritization Strategy and Delta Plan performance measures
At the July 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, staff updated the council members on the progress made on both the Delta Levee Prioritization Strategy and the development of Delta Plan performance measures.
New scientific findings tell us that there has been virtually no fresh water flowing out of the Delta for the past two months, meaning that Delta smelt are in the pathway to the pumps this summer, among other worrisome trends.  Proposed transfers of water from north to south thus look particularly threatening to the Delta ecosystem, as well as to the communities, farms and ecology of Northern California – transfers that are being challenged legally by two environmental groups.  My blog parses the gap between State outflow estimates (about 4,000 cfs) and daily averages derived from monitors maintained by the United States Geological Survey (about zero).  The difference matters. 
Maven's Notebook - The Delta Stewardship Council prepares their comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan
At the May 29th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, councilmembers reviewed and approved the comments for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan that will be submitted by the Council as part of their role as a responsible agency as mandated by the Delta Reform Act.
ACWA - Governor Brown Make Water Policy Appointments
Gov. Brown announced three water policy appointments, including Susan Tatayon to the Council.
Bay Area Indymedia - Brown make three pro-BDCP appointments to water posts
Gov. Brown has appointed three people to key water policy positions in his administration in an apparent effort to bolster his efforts to promote the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels.
Stockton Record - Agency publishes draft comments on twin tunnels plan
The Delta Stewardship Council highlights the possibility that water quality in the estuary will be "significantly adversely affected," perhaps requiring upgrades to water treatment plants in the area.
Sac Bee - Panel: Delta tunnel project ‘falls short’ of scientific standards
The state’s proposal to restore habitat in the Delta and build two massive water diversion tunnels on the Sacramento River “falls short” in its scientific rigor, according to a new report by a group of scientists.
Maven's Notebook - This just in...Delta ISB releases review of the Draft BDCP EIR/EIS
The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) has released its review of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement.
Bay Area Indy Media - Delta Independent Science Board Blasts Tunnel Plan
This report follows numerous scathing criticisms of the plan's science from an array of federal and independent scientists and scientific panels over the past few years, who have said the construction of the tunnels may hasten the extinction of Central Valley Chinook salmon, Delta and longfin smelta, green sturgeon and other fish species.
CA Economic Summit - Phil Isenberg says knowing who pays for your water could help end California’s water wars
If more people knew the answer to this question, Phil Isenberg thinks it could fundamentally change the way California responds to the water crisis—and maybe even put an end to the state’s decades-old water wars.


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)