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Maven's Notebook - Creating a policy-science interface: The Delta Science Plan
06/24/2013
Creating an effective interface for decision makers and scientists to communicate and coordinating science efforts across the multiple entities doing science in the Delta are some of the ambitious goals of a unique and little-known planning process currently underway: the creation of a Delta Science Plan.
Stockton Record - Familiar feeling as lawsuits ripple across the Delta
06/24/2013
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.
UC Davis - The Delta Stewardship Council Seeks New Member for the Delta ISB
06/21/2013
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
Stockton Record - Blog: Why did the water exporters sue?
06/21/2013
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.
Bay Area Indy Media - How does the Delta Plan make any sense?
06/20/2013
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
Bay Area Indy Media - Avalanche Of Lawsuits Challenges Delta Plan
06/20/2013
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
06/20/2013
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
06/20/2013
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
06/20/2013
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.
Sacramento Business Journal - Another lawsuit over Delta tunnels
06/19/2013
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.
AP - Multiple lawsuits filed against California's Delta Plan
06/18/2013
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.
KQED - Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plan Hit With Flood of Lawsuits
06/18/2013
The lawsuits seek a halt to and a redo of the 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.
Capital Public Radio - Delta Plan Faces Several Lawsuits (audio)
06/18/2013
The plan approved last month by the Delta Stewardship Council is designed to restore the Delta ecology and provide reliable water supplies to Californians.
Bay Area Indy Media - Statewide Coalition of Fishing, Wildlife, Farming Community Advocates Sues to Halt Delta Plan, Water Export Tunnels
06/18/2013
A statewide coalition of fishing, wildlife and farming community groups today announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, which includes a proposal to build two 35-mile tunnels to siphon water away from the Sacramento River and San Joaquin Bay Delta.
Sac Bee - Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Plan slammed with lawsuits
06/18/2013
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.
Maven's Notebook - This just in … The Delta Stewardship Council issues a statement
06/18/2013
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
06/18/2013
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)
06/18/2013
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
06/18/2013
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
06/18/2013
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.

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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)