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Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council meeting, part 1: Preparing for the BDCP review, the California Water Action Plan, and implementing the Delta Plan
12/02/2013
The Delta Stewardship Council held a two-day meeting in November 21-22, 2013. On the agenda for this meeting was the upcoming review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) documents, a follow-up on the habitat restoration report released earlier this year, an update on the progress being made on the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, a briefing on the California Water Action Plan, and a discussion on developing water storage.
Maven's Notebook - This just in … Phil Isenberg on the USGS Report: “Cutbacks in surface water deliveries because of drought or environmental concerns cannot sustainably be replaced or exceeded by continual groundwater extractions”
11/22/2013
Phil Isenberg, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, issued the following statement regarding the release of the USGS's latest report showing extensive groundwater pumping from San Joaquin Valley aquifers is increasing the rate of land subsidence, or sinking, potentially causing serious damage to water delivery infrastructure
Central Valley Business Times - That sinking feeling: State’s water supply faces new risk
11/22/2013
California’s Central Valley is sinking. And that could threaten the water that flows from faucets and hydrants and pumps from the San Joaquin Valley to San Diego, says a new report.
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: State of the Estuary Panel Discussion: One estuary, many plans: How will they fit together?
11/07/2013
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: State of the Estuary Panel Discussion: One estuary, many plans: How will they fit together?
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Covered Actions process begins, Delta Plan Implementation Committee update, and other notes from the Delta Stewardship Council’s October meeting
11/05/2013
At the October meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, staff updated the Council on the covered actions regulatory process and the status of the Delta Plan Implementation Committee.
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council ‘accepts’ the first Delta Science Plan
11/05/2013
After thousands of comments, several meetings, and three drafts, the first Delta Science Plan has been completed and accepted by the Delta Stewardship Council at their October 25 meeting.
Maven's Notebook - A primer on Delta and statewide planning processes
11/04/2013
With the release of the Governor's California Water Action Plan, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of planning processes currently underway.
Maven's Notebook - A primer on Delta and statewide planning projects
11/04/2013
A primer on Delta and statewide planning projects
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council receives a briefing on financing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan
10/29/2013
At their October 24 meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council heard a briefing from Department of Water Resources Laura King Moon and consultant ICF International's David Zippin on the financing and regulatory assurances of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). While the regulatory assurances discussion would have to wait until after the release of the public draft of the Plan in December, the discussion on financing gave some new details, along with some very interesting dialog between Chair Phil Isenberg and Mr. Zippin.
Delta Stewardship Council hears briefing on dry-year water management
10/04/2013
One half of the Delta Plan’s co-equal goals, to provide a more reliable water supply for the state, could become even more difficult to achieve if current drought conditions continue into the next year or longer. At the July 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC), a panel of experts discussed what near and long-term plans are being considered.
Stockton Record - Blog: S.J.’s new representative on the Delta Council
09/06/2013
San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller said at a meeting this week that in October he will join the Delta Stewardship Council, an entity which a number of organizations including the city of Stockton just happen to be suing right now.
Maven's Notebook - Science news and reports: Second draft of Delta Science Plan, Native fish and tidal marsh habitat, water storage, atmospheric rivers, social sciences and science, and more!
08/29/2013
Second draft of the Delta Science Plan now available for public comment: The Delta Science Plan is being developed by the Delta Science Program to create a scientific infrastructure that will provide the timely and relevant scientific information to decision makers that is needed for making effective policy and management decisions.
Bay Area Indymedia - 'Clean' version of the Delta Plan isn't fooling anybody
08/29/2013
The Delta Stewardship Council Wednesday released what it described as a "clean" version of the Final Delta Plan, a controversial document now being contested in seven lawsuits by diverse parties ranging from the Winnemem Wintu Tribe to the Westlands Water District.
Patterson Irrigator - Changes to Delta Plan
08/29/2013
The State Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved 14 regulations to help implement the Delta Plan on Sept. 1 this year, according to a news release from the Delta Stewardship Council. The Council adopted the Delta Plan on May 16, and submitted the rules for review shortly after for public consideration.
Maven's Notebook - Second draft of the Delta Science Plan now posted
08/23/2013
The second draft of the Delta Science Plan has now been posted at the Delta Stewardship Council website and is available for public comment.
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council hears a BDCP update, plus a frank discussion on tunnel size and capacity
08/23/2013
At the Delta Stewardship Council’s meeting on August 22, Karla Nemeth, project manager, and Gordon Enas, engineer, were there to brief council members on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The presentation included an overview of the project and how it fits in to the Delta Plan as well as a in-depth discussion of the capacity of the tunnels.
Manteca Bulletin - Steps to assure plentiful water
08/21/2013
As our children head back to school and the fall harvest begins, the rivers coming into our reservoirs slow and they empty out. Unfortunately, this past winter and spring failed to bring us the amount of water we need, and the water supply situation for the Central Valley is shaping up to be a dire one.
Fresno Bee - Public forum on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta set
08/02/2013
Water leaders, lawmakers and bureaucrats are primed to answer the public's questions Saturday at Fresno State about the plan to revive the troubled crossroads of California's water supply.
Maven's Minutes - The Delta Stewardship Council looks at how habitat restoration is done
08/02/2013
The Delta Stewardship Council has responsibility for overseeing implementation of the Delta Plan, which makes several recommendations
Maven's Notebook - Useful Web Resource of the Month: EcoAtlas
08/01/2013
One of the problems identified in the recent report from the Delta Independent Science Board on habitat restoration projects underway in the Delta was the inability to find information on what restoration projects were being planned, were currently underway, or have been already completed in the Delta.

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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)