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Restore the Delta - The Delta Stewardship Council sees problems
07/27/2013
The Delta Stewardship Council isn't rubber-stamping BDCP's environmental documents. Council staff note,
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: Phil Isenberg updates the California Water Commission on the Delta Plan
07/24/2013
Delta Stewardship Council's role regarding the BDCP, as well as the multiple lawsuits filed over the Delta Plan were some of the topics discussed as Phil Isenberg, Chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, updated the California Water Commission on the status of the Delta Plan at their July 17 meeting.
Maven's Notebook - Blog round-up: Bloggers call for a BDCP benefit-cost analysis, agency comments recapped, San Joaquin River Restoration, water wars – Hollywood style, water resources and economics … and more!
07/23/2013
Restore the Delta renews call for benefit-cost analysis: The Brown Administration is refusing to follow their own guidelines in determining if project benefits outweigh costs:
Wall Street Journal - The Drought, Delta Smelt and a Rational Water Policy Delta smelt are only one element of California's water policy problems.
07/23/2013
Your editorial “California’s Fish Fry” (July 15) falsely scapegoats California’s environmental protections without mentioning the real cause. The state’s record dry conditions. January to June 2013 has been the driest period in the last 119 years in California, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Unless President Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown control the weather, this is decidedly not a “government-made drought.”
Maven's Minutes - Maven’s Minutes from the July 17 BDCP Public Meeting: Project costs, financing, and economic benefits
07/22/2013
On July 17, a public meeting was held to discuss the remaining chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan that were released at the end of May. Led by Jerry Meral, Deputy Director of the Natural Resources Agency, the meeting was well attended and included a large ‘visually-vocal' contingent of Discovery Bay residents.
Maven's Notebook - Federal agencies release comments on the BDCP EIR/S
07/19/2013
The federal lead agencies for the BDCP EIR/S, Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS),as well as the EPA and the Army Corps, released their comments on the administrative draft of the BDCP's EIR/S on Thursday.
Maven's Notebook - Principles for Developing a Water Bond: Comments received so far, and how to add yours to the mix
07/18/2013
On July 2nd, the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife Anthony Rendon presented proposed Principles for Developing a Water Bond to Assembly members and the public.
Fresno Business Journal - Delta Water Summit set for Fresno State
07/18/2013
Speakers from a wide variety of perspectives will address Bay-Delta estuary water, infrastructure and environmental issues during a Delta Water Summit from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 in the Satellite Student Union at Fresno State.
Sac Bee - State warns drought may bring water cutbacks
07/17/2013
State officials warned late Monday that extremely low runoff in California rivers could require even senior water rights holders to reduce their consumption this summer and fall.
KCRA - Statement to farmers in northern california saying notice of surface water shortage coming from the water resources control board
07/17/2013
Statement to farmers in northern california saying notice of surface water shortage coming from the water resources control board.
Maven's Notebook - State Water Board sends letter to diverters of surface water; warns there will be “little or no natural and abandoned flows in the Delta watershed and other stream systems” come fall
07/17/2013
From the State Water Resources Control Board, this letter addressed to ‘Diverters of Surface Water and Interested Persons': “For the past two years, much of California has experienced record dry and warm conditions. For 2013, the combined total precipitation for the months of January through May is the driest in about 90 y•ears of record. Reservoir operators reported lower than average storage levels as of the end May and these storage levels will continue to decline as water is released to support municipal, agricultural and water quality needs.
Natural Resources Defense Council - State Agency Comments Show Need to Improve BDCP
07/16/2013
the Delta Stewardship Council called for more natural flows and improved ... (DISB, page 2) Similarly, the Delta Stewardship Council commented
Maven's Notebook - Letter: Delta Stewardship Council submits comments on Bay Delta Conservation Plan EIR/S
07/16/2013
As a responsible agency under CEQA as mandated in the Delta Reform Act, the Delta Stewardship Council has submitted comments on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan's EIR/S.
Central Valley Business Times - California's water war may have its Erin Brockovich
07/16/2013
They appointed Phil Eisenberg as their Delta Stewardship Council president and six or seven people to be on that council.
Maven's Notebook - Letter: Environmental groups offer comments on State Water Project contract negotiations
07/11/2013
An ongoing process that has received little media attention are the State Water Project contract extension negotiations which have been ongoing since May of this year. The negotiations are proposing to extend the contracts for the State Water Project water contractors by 40 to 75 years.
Maven's Notebook - Science news and reports: Pharmaceuticals in the Delta, the Delta Independent Science Board’s report on habitat restoration projects, shifting tides, what would California landmarks look with 25 feet of sea level rise? … and more!
07/11/2013
The Delta on Drugs: Pharmaceuticals and personal care products are found in surface waters worldwide, mostly the result of wastewater treatment plant discharges.
Sacramento News and Review - Activists explain legal action against Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta plan
07/11/2013
The Delta Stewardship Council has refused to honor its own mandate
Sacramento News and Review - Water lawsuit
07/11/2013
A plan adopted earlier this year to manage the beleaguered Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta could have cataclysmic consequences on the local environment, according to water-watchdog group AquAlliance, which joined a legal effort last month to halt Gov. Jerry Brown’s Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
Stockton Record - Letters -- Published July 10, 2013
07/10/2013
Insofar as the Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Plan and its contiguous Bay Delta Conservation Plan is concerned, Delta stakeholders have testified
Maven's Notebook - Blog round-up: Bloggers on the BDCP, relaxing water quality standards, eliminating the ESA, plus the Mono Lake Committee takes action and the Salton Sea gets a blow … and more
07/09/2013
This week’s blog round-up stretches from one end of the state to the other and beyond, but we’ll start as we always do with the BDCP:

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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)