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Central Valley Business Times - Water users sue over Bay Delta plan
Does anybody beside the governor and his appointees like the plans that are supposed to help the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta?
KMJ - Delta Plan Sparks Rage
The CA State Water Contractors are challenging the recently approved Delta plan because they say it would give the Delta Stewardship Council too much power.
San Jose Mercury News - Lawsuits filed against Calif.'s Delta Plan
In 2009, spurred by the delta's rapid deterioration and the curtailments imposed on water pumping, the state legislature created the Delta Stewardship Council to come up with a plan to manage the estuary.
Media News Group - Environmental groups, water users both file lawsuits against Delta Plan
Lawsuits have been filed to challenge plans for tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River and under the delta.
Friant Waterline - Delta Stewardship Council Plan Draws West Side Challenge
Delta Stewardship Council Plan Draws West Side Challenge It did not take long
Salinas Californian - Lawsuits filed against Calif.'s Delta Plan
In a statement released on Monday, the Delta Stewardship Council defended its plan and said it was in line with what the Legislature intended.
Capital Public Radio - Bay Delta Tour (audio)
Capital Public Radio Environmental Reporter Amy Quinton is on a three-day tour of the Delta, put on by the California Water Education Foundation. We’ll talk with Amy about what she’s seen so far.News Updates It’s been a week full of contentious news, from bear control to public employee raises to sharing the American River Parkway. We’ve received a number of email messages and even more Facebook feedback on these stories and are taking a few minutes to read some of these comments and follow up on the issues we’ve covered this week.
AP - Lawsuits filed against Calif.'s Delta Plan
Environmental and fishing groups have filed a lawsuit against a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Center for Biological Diversity - Fishing, Wildlife, Farming Community Advocates Suit
Unfortunately the Delta Stewardship Council seems more interested in catering to special interests than the communities it was supposed to protect.
Yuba Net - Fishing, environmental, farming groups will sue to halt Delta Plan
The Delta Reform Act gave the Delta Stewardship Council a historic opportunity to remedy 40 years of water policy failures," said Santa Barbara resident Carolee Krieger, executive director of the California Water Impact Network
KMJ - Delta Tunnel Plan Faces Legal Challenges
A coalition of fishing, farming and environmental groups is suing to stop the construction of twin tunnels through the San Joaquin Valley.
Bay Area Indy Media - Fishing and conservation groups, Winnemem Wintu sue over Delta Plan
Petitioners bring this action to challenge the Delta Stewardship Council's approval of its Final Delta Plan and certification of its Program Environmental Impact Report
Maven's Notebook - Blog round-up: Bloggers on BDCP costs and benefits, Delta dialogues, a revuelta, climate change and the new normal, and more!
While most reservoirs around the state don’t look too bad, the same can’t be said for San Luis Reservoir, only at 34% of capacity when this picture was taken on Sunday. However, this week’s blog round-up is filled to capacity. Here’s what everyone had to say:
CA AgNet - Water Authority Files for Writ; Disagrees with Delta Stewardship Council
The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, along with Westlands Water District, filed a petition for writ of mandate asserting that the Delta Plan is inconsistent with the 2009 Delta Reform Act legislation and that the programmatic environmental impact report is inadequate.
Yuba Net - Dan Bacher: Delta Stewardship Council says Westlands lawsuit is 'disappointing'
Chris Knopp, Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council, on May 30 released a statement complaining that the Westlands Water District lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court seeking a redo of the Council's recently adopted Final Delta Plan was "disappointing."
Maven's Minutes - Restore the Delta’s panel of experts discusses the costs of the tunnels
On May 28, the day prior to the release of the remaining chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Restore the Delta held a call-in media event to discuss the upcoming release of documents, which will include financial details.
Albuquerque Journal - John Fleck: Emerson, Nixon and the silvery minnow
American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson could not possibly have had last weekend’s craziness on New Mexico’s Rio Grande in mind when he wrote his seminal essay “Nature” back in 1836. But he sure seems to have captured our central dilemma.
AP - Fish taken from Delta have most mercury in Calif.
Sport fish from rivers and streams in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have higher levels of mercury in their systems than fish taken from anywhere else in California, a new survey has found.
Sac Bee - Study finds unsafe mercury levels in fish from Delta watershed
The first comprehensive study of rivers and streams in California has found that sport fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed have higher concentrations of mercury and PCBs than anywhere else in the state.
High Country News - Tunneling under California's Bay Delta water wars
On July 25, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced to an expectant press corps that the state plans to construct a pair of multibillion-dollar tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta in order to modernize and possibly expand the export of Northern California's water, mostly south to farms and cities.


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)