Delta Stewardship Council
Created as a state agency in 2009, the seven-member panel is responsible for creating a plan, known as the Delta Plan, to deliver a more reliable water supply while also protecting, restoring, and enhancing restoring the Delta ecosystem [to learn more about the estuary, see Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.]
Four of the seven panel members are appointed by the Governor, one each by the Senate and Assembly, and the seventh is the Chair of the Delta Protection Commission. Their work is supported by an independent board of national and international scientists.
The Delta Stewardship Council develops measures to assess and track progress and changes to the health of the Bay Delta ecosystem, fisheries, and water supply reliability. The Council is responsible for determining if a state or local agency project is consistent with the co-equal goals water supplies and ecosystem restoration and serves as the appellate body if there is a conflict with a proposed project.
As part of this oversight, the Council determines if the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is consistent with its goals and ensures that the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the State Water Resources Control Board identify the water flow needs of the Delta ecosystem to help determine the appropriate water export amounts associated with the BDCP.
The Council has also called for adoption of water flow objectives by 2014 as part of determining if more flows are needed for the Delta’s restoration.