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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.
Stockton Record - Blog: Why did the water exporters sue?
Flood control officials have been saying that it could take seven years to design, permit and construct that $36 million flood gate at the mouth of Smith Canal.
UC Davis - The Delta Stewardship Council Seeks New Member for the Delta ISB
The Delta Stewardship Council is searching for a prominent scientist with expertise in the area of fish ecology to fill a vacancy on the Delta Independent Science Board
Bay Area Indy Media - Avalanche Of Lawsuits Challenges Delta Plan
Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, recently forecasted an "avalanche" of lawsuits against the Delta Plan approved by the Delta Stewardship Council on May 16. That avalanche of litigation is well underway.
Chico News and Review - Delta blues
A plan adopted last month to manage the beleaguered Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta could have cataclysmic consequences on the local environment, according to local water-watchdog group AquAlliance, which last week joined a legal effort to halt the plan.
Sac Bee - California may delay treatment rules for invasive species
It also will consider awarding a $500,000 contract to the Delta Stewardship Council, a sister state agency, to study shore-based treatment. That could require extensive modifications at California ports.
Maven's Notebook - Maven’s Minutes: PPIC panel talks adaptive management
In April of 2013, the Public Policy Institute of California released the report, Stress Relief: Prescriptions for Healthier Delta Ecosystem, which noted that the state is at a critical juncture with adoption and forthcoming implementation of the first “Delta Plan” and a decision on the BDCP possible by early next year.
Bay Area Indy Media - How does the Delta Plan 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. The main part of the Council's plan consists of tapping into the Sacramento River
Sacramento Business Journal - Another lawsuit over Delta tunnels
A coalition of farmers, fishing interests and environmental groups have filed suit to stop the state’s plan to build a pair of tunnels for water conveyance around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Maven's Notebook - This just in … The Delta Stewardship Council issues a statement
From Chris Knopp at the Delta Stewardship Council: Chris Knopp, Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC), released the following statement.
Bay City News - Water Wars: Six Lawsuits Filed Against Delta Stewardship Council
Groups from all sides of California water wars filed at least six lawsuits by today’s deadline to challenge a state agency’s plan for protecting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while at the same time improving the reliability of water diversions.
NPR All Things Considered - Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow? (audio)
So often, we take water for granted. We turn on the faucet and there it is. We assume it's our right in America to have water. And yet, water is a resource. It's not always where we need it, or there when we need it.
Stockton Record - Lawsuit floodgate is open
Some argued the plan went too far. Others argued it didn't go far enough.
Sac Bee - Lawsuits hit new Delta Plan from all sides
A plan intended, at least in part, to resolve decades of water conflict in the Delta has instead spawned a flood of lawsuits, with at least five separate suits filed against the plan in recent days.
Central Valley Business Times - Environmental groups sue to stop governor’s twin tunnels
A coalition of fishing, environmental and farming groups is suing the Delta Stewardship Council over its “Delta Plan,” which they contend is stalking horse to clear the way for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to siphon off part of the Sacramento River before it can flow naturally into the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta.
CA Water Blog - The Delta won’t rise again
Much of the western and central Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has sunk deeply below sea level, and it continues to subside as its marsh soils erode from being drained and farmed. At the same time, sea level is rising. The two trends increase these islands’ likelihood of flooding from major storms, earthquakes, burrowing rodents and even ship collisions (Lund 2011).
Stockton Record - Blog: Lawsuit-Palooza
By my count, seven lawsuits have been filed targeting the recently approved Delta Plan. Here are all seven complaints. Happy reading.
Maven's Notebook - Delta Vision Foundation issues 2013 report card: Tunnel vision not enough
California decision makers are focusing their efforts on specific problems plaguing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta but could accomplish more by incorporating linked system-wide solutions. That’s the message the Delta Vision Foundation sent today to the Governor’s Administration, State agencies, California Legislature, and Federal agencies upon releasing the 2013 Delta Vision Report Card
AP - Multiple lawsuits filed against California's Delta Plan
Several opposing groups have filed lawsuits against a broad, long-range plan to manage the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that was adopted in May.


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)