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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.
ACWA - Delta Stewardship Council Names Jessica Pearson New Executive Officer
The Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) on Thursday April 24 unanimously selected Jessica R. Pearson as executive officer. Pearson, who currently serves as the Council’s legislative and policy advisor, will assume her new duties May 1. She replaces Christopher Knopp.
UC Davis - UC Drought Summit convenes in state Capitol
Experts from across University of California campuses today, April 25, will explore with policymakers how to lessen the effects of the California drought, one of the worst on record.
Daily Democrat - UC Drought Summit convenes on a rainy day in Sacramento
Experts from across University of California campuses today, Friday, will explore with policymakers how to lessen the effects of the California drought, one of the worst on record. Hosted by UC Davis, the daylong UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit in the state Capitol focuses on potential state policy actions for mitigating the economic and environmental costs of the current water shortage and preparing for future ones.
Sierra Sun Times - Federal Agencies Announce Signing of Record of Decision for Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation and Restoration Plan
The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today they have signed a Record of Decision for a comprehensive, 30-year plan to restore and enhance Suisun Marsh, a critical part of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta estuary ecosystem.
Bay Area Indy Media - Phil Isenberg on Board of Bechtel Foundation-Funded PPIC
Phil Isenberg, then Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, on September 11, 2013 joined the Board of Directors of the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), a self-described "nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank" that exerts considerable influence over public policy in the state.
Central Valley Business Times - Delta Stewardship consultant says state is in a 500-year drought
"Even with the February rains, we're essentially in the grip of a drought that is a 500 year drought," Martha Davis, a senior policy advisor for the Delta Stewardship Council and who led the fight to save Mono Lake, told people at an Environmental Justice Project public meeting Saturday morning.
Maven's Notebook - Groundwater at the Delta Stewardship Council, part 1: Subsidence in the Central Valley and an update on CASGEM
Groundwater is taking a much-needed leading role in water policy these days, with the drought and several state-led efforts, such as the State Water Board’s groundwater workplan and the California Water Action Plan, that are focused on improving the management and monitoring of groundwater.  More recently, there has been an effort from the Governor’s office to convene a group of stakeholders to provide policy recommendations on groundwater management reform.
Maven's Notebook - Groundwater at the Delta Stewardship Council, part 2: The State Water Board’s groundwater work plan, Stanislaus County regional efforts, and the California Water Foundation’s role
There are a number of efforts underway at the state level to improve management of the state's groundwater resources: the State Water Board's development of the groundwater work plan and the California Water Action Plan, as well as local and regional efforts.
Stockton Record - SJ levee study may be divisive
We may be in the midst of drought, but the state this month is launching what will likely be a controversial study of Delta levees - specifically, which ones should receive public funds to make them more resilient in the face of future floods.
Central Valley Business Times - Who’s in charge here? Lawmaker challenges Delta tunnels process
The elected lawmakers of California’s Legislature must have the final say – not an appointed board – on whether massive twin water tunnels are to be built under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, says Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley.
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council’s drought panel: “Unprecedented conditions may result in unprecedented actions.”
The news seems to get worse every day.  A stubborn Mother Nature appears to be refusing to provide any relief for the ongoing dry conditions, instead delivering weather that has us reaching for sunscreen rather than umbrellas.
Former Modestan Frank Damrell Jr. moving toward confirmation for seat on Delta Stewardship Council
Retired federal Judge Frank Damrell Jr., a former Modestan, passed another hurdle in the nomination process to join the Delta Stewardship Council when he earned a 5-0 recommendation from the state Senate Rules Committee. Read more here:
Maven's Notebook - This just in … Phil Isenberg to step down as Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council
The Delta Stewardship Council will elect new leadership at its January meeting.
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Independent Science Review Panel hears presentation on changes made to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s Effects Analysis (Chapter 5)
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Independent Science Review Panel hears presentation on changes made to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s Effects Analysis (Chapter 5)
Maven's Notebook - News worth noting: Delta Stewardship Council’s new BDCP page, new ACWA president, Prop 218, and the Klamath Basin Settlement Agreement
Delta Stewardship Council website has a new page on the BDCP: “The new page explains the relationship between the Delta Plan and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) including links to statutes detailing the roles and responsibilities of the DSC and Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) regarding their respective reviews of the BDCP. Also included is DSC and Delta ISB correspondence regarding the BDCP, as well as reports, documents, and presentations made during DSC and Delta ISB meetings. Other related correspondence is also available.
Maven's Notebook - BDCP Workshops, water storage, preparing for drought and more
Delta Stewardship Council discusses water storage. Are smaller projects more doable?
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: The Delta Stewardship Council discusses water storage
With the acknowledgement that the state’s water situation needs a comprehensive solution, one that extends beyond the reach of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, discussion has turned to what things should be included in such a solution.  One item that seems to make everyone’s list is storage in some form, be it surface storage or groundwater storage.  Even some environmental groups have joined the chorus for more storage projects, recognizing a need for greater water storage in the face of climate change, growing populations, and other factors.


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)