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Solano County finds proposed Rush Ranch Lower Spring Branch Creek and Suisun Hill Hollow Tidal Connections Project consistent with the Delta Plan

The County of Solano filed a certification of consistency with the Delta Plan on July 20, 21018 for its Rush Ranch Lower Spring Branch Creek and Suisun Hill Hollow Tidal Connections Projects.

 

According to Solano County, these projects are intended to reconnect the Suisun Marsh watersheds to the tidal and diked wetlands, restore native wetland and lower watershed natural habitats, and improve the public access experience at Rush Ranch, including the active scientific research and educational programs on the property.

 

The County also says reconnecting these ecosystems will remove barriers to movement of organisms and materials between the wetlands and watershed and, by expanding the estuarine transgression space, allow habitats to move up the drainage gradient as sea level rises.

 

The filing on July 20th opened a 31-day period for public review. Find out more about the project by clicking here.

 

What is the Council's Covered Action Process?

The Delta Reform Act of 2009 (Act) established a certification process for demonstrating consistency with the Delta Plan. This means that a state or local agency proposing to undertake a qualifying action (covered action) must submit to the Council a written certification of consistency with detailed findings as to whether the covered action is consistent with the Delta Plan. Any person may appeal a certification of consistency to the Council within 30 days after it is filed, unless that date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday. In that case, the deadline is extended to the next business day.

 

Learn more about the Council's covered Action process here and by following the Covered Action links on the right side of that page.

 

If you think you might be interested in filing an appeal, please review the Council’s Administrative Procedures Governing Appeals carefully. You may view the Administrative Procedures here.

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)