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Delta Challenges Workshop

Final Document: Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta - Complex, Chaotic or Simply Cantankerous? (The Delta Challenges document)


Detailed Agenda - Updated

Charge to the Independent Workshop Panel

Author Panel Biographies

Workshop WebEx Presentation



On March 16, 2015 the Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Science Program hosted a workshop to summarize the risks and challenges facing the Bay-Delta system. These challenges include a multitude of stressors that threaten our ability to achieve the Delta Plan’s coequal goals. Numerous reviews, reports and articles describe the stressors and risks facing the contemporary Delta, but this information is spread across diverse publications, journal articles, and lengthy technical reports. The information has not yet been presented in a highly concise, readable way by an independent set of distinguished science experts.


Workshop Purpose


The purpose of this effort was to have an independent panel comprising four former CALFED/Delta Science Program lead scientists summarize the risks and challenges facing the Bay-Delta system in a single concise report. The workshop included presentations and discussions on topics including water supply reliability, ecosystem health, water quality, risks to people and property, and economics, among others.


Workshop Products


The panel will evaluate and synthesize this information in a written report to the Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program. This report will be a clear, concise, easy-to-understand document summarizing our current knowledge for use by policy-makers and the general public.


PowerPoint Presentations


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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)