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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
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:
Stockton Record - Water litigation necessary act
In the last three years, as the Delta Stewardship Council created its plan for the Delta, officials from local government agencies, Delta water agencies
Sac Bee - Dan Walters: Water bond, tunnels provide new test for Jerry Brown
When Jerry Brown pushed a major water plan through the Legislature during his first governorship, he violated one of the cardinal – albeit unspoken – rules of Capitol politics.
Maven's Minutes - Delta Stewardship Council’s implementation committee takes shape; Council discusses oversight role
With the first Delta Plan now adopted, the Delta Stewardship Council is turning their attention to implementing the comprehensive plan. Agenda item 10 for the June 27 Delta Stewardship Council meetingis an update on the progress of establishing an implementation committee and a brief discussion on how to select priorities and topics for Council oversight.
San Joaquin Farm Bureau - Stewardship Council approves Delta Plan
Supervisors displeased with decision.
Sac Bee - Blog: Jerry Brown grants raises for some water department workers
Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to increase pay by up to 37 percent for water department workers in positions the state has had difficulty staffing.
Maven's Notebook - Delta Stewardship Council hears about dry conditions
First of three part coverage from the Delta Stewardship Council's June 27th meeting.
Maven's Minutes - Chair Anthony Rendon presents “Principles for Developing a Water Bond” to the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife
With the budget passed and the Legislature preparing to turn its attention to restructuring a new water bond,Anthony Rendon, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, presented proposed Principles for Developing a Water Bond to Assembly members and the public at the July 2nd committee hearing.
Stockton Record - Blog: Water bond ‘principles’
The process reworking California’s $11.1 billion water bond will apparently be based on this one-page statement of principles. At the bottom: “Retain policy prohibiting use of water bond funding for construction or mitigation of new water conveyance facilities in the Delta.”
Bay Area Indy Media - A voice in the desert wilderness
On the day before the start of summer in June of 1980, Russian oceanographer/hydrologist/fisheries biologist and political exile Michael Rozengurt, along with American marine biologist Irwin Haydock, co-wrote then Gov. Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. a two-page letter warning that a proposed "Peripheral Canal" to funnel Northern California river water around the problem-plagued Delta, would result in the demise of the Delta ecosystem and its abundant fishery.
CA Council on Science and Technology - JPL Partners with DWR to Scan Levees from the Sky
California's Department of Water Resources (DWR) has turned to a trial partnership with NASA to assist in monitoring the vast stretches of levees protecting the Sacramento Delta.
Union of Grass Valley - Delta plan doesn't make any sense
The Delta Stewardship Council says their plan meets the “coequal” needs of those depending on delta water and provides “reliability” for water contractors.
In parts of California's Sierra Nevada, marshy meadows are going dry, wildflowers are blooming earlier and glaciers are melting into ice fields.
Maven's Notebook - Slow yet steady progress being made on the State Water Board’s update to the Bay Delta Plan
At its June 19 meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) heard a progress report on the update of the Bay Delta Plan, the water quality control plan that identifies the beneficial uses of the Delta’s waters and then sets water quality objectives to protect those uses.
San Diego Mission Courier - Fighting for the Delta
On June 17, a statewide coalition of fishing, wildlife and farming community groups announced the filing of a lawsuit against the California Delta Stewardship Council to vacate its Delta Plan.
Vacaville Reporter - Solano County supervisors hear Delta update
The Delta Stewardship Council has already unanimously approved the Delta Plan and its Environmental Impact Report. "I think there are a lot of things missing," Goulart told the Solano County Board of Supervisors
Maven's Notebook - Blog round-up: Bloggers on Delta Plan lawsuits, the BDCP, and regional issues, plus data visualizations, Aquapedia, a super cool party trick, and more!
This week’s round-up is action packed, so let’s get started.
Vacaville Reporter - Delta plan lacks sense
The Delta is starving for water, so California officials set up a plan to take more water out of the Delta. How does this make any sense?
Stockton Record - Familiar feeling as lawsuits ripple across the Delta
Our newspaper has had a number of very good environmental reporters over the years, one of them the always straight-shooting Jim Nickles, rest his soul.
Vacaville Reporter - Solano County Board of Supervisors to hear update on Delta issues
Proposed plans to revamp the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to move water south will impact Solano County. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will receive an update on Delta-related issues and activities.


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)