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About Delta Vision

Overview

Delta Vision is intended to identify a strategy for managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a sustainable ecosystem that would continue to support environmental and economic functions that are critical to the people of California.

    Aerial Delta Photo
    The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a unique natural resource of local, state and national significance.

    The Delta:

    • Is home to more than 500,000 people;
    • Contains 500,000 acres of agriculture;
    • Provides habitat for 700 native plant and animal species;
    • Provides water for more than 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of agriculture;
    • Is traversed by energy, communications and transportation facilities vital to the economic health of California; and
    • Supports a $400 billion economy.
  • Although it builds on work done through the CALFED Bay-Delta Program, Delta Vision will broaden the focus of past efforts within the Delta to recommend actions that will address the full array of natural resource, infrastructure, land use and governance issues necessary to achieve a sustainable Delta.
  • Delta Vision is based on a growing consensus among scientists, supported by recent legislation and other information, indicating that:
    • Environmental conditions and current Delta “architecture” are not sustainable;
    • Current land and water uses and related services dependent on the Delta are not sustainable based on current management practices and regulatory requirements;
    • Current environmental conditions and current and ongoing services (e.g., utility, transportation and water conveyance services) are reliant on an aging and deteriorating levee system;
    • Major "drivers of change" that are largely outside of our control will impact the Delta during the coming decades, including seismic events, land subsidence, sea level rise, regional climate change and urbanization;
    • The current fragmented and complex governance systems within the Delta are not conducive to effective management of the fragile Delta environment in the face of the cumulative threats identified above; and
    • Failure to act to address identified Delta challenges and threats will result in potentially devastating environmental and economic consequences of statewide and national significance.

Delta Vision "Blue Ribbon" Task Force: A key component of Delta Vision will be the appointment of an independent Blue Ribbon Task Force by the Governor that will be responsible for recommending future actions to achieve a sustainable Delta.

  • The Task Force members will be persons with demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing and resolving complex natural resource management issues involving significant economic and governance issues.
  • Task Force recommendations will not be constrained by past decisions or policies relating to the Delta, and will benefit by the advice of science advisors selected by the Delta Vision Committee.
  • The Task Force will convene in public meetings and be supported by input from local governments, technical and scientific advisors, and a Stakeholder Coordinating Group.
  • Science advisors and the Stakeholder Coordinating Group will be selected by the Delta Vision Committee created by the Governor as part of Executive Order S-17-06. The Committee includes the Secretary of Resources as Chair, and the Secretaries of Business, Transportation and Housing; Food and Agriculture and Cal-EPA; and the President of the California Public Utilities Commission.
  • The Task Force will submit recommendations to the Delta Vision Committee by October 31, 2008, and the Committee will review Task Force recommendations and report its findings to the Governor.
  • Based on the work of the Task Force and Committee, the Governor will submit a report to the Legislature by December 31, 2008.
Phase I Work Product: Delta Vision (October 2006 through December 2007)

Aerial Photo of Delta

The Task Force will evaluate the existing and proposed land and water uses, ecosystem functions and processes, and management practices in the Delta.

Alternative Delta management scenarios will be identified and evaluated.

By applying the best available scientific and commercial information, and input provided by experts and public testimony during public meetings, the Task Force will recommend natural values and functions, services and management practices that should be considered priorities for future management as part of a sustainable Delta.

Task Force's Delta Vision recommendations are due January 1, 2008.

Phase II Work Product: Delta Strategic Plan (January through December 2008)

The Strategic Plan will identify and evaluate alternative implementing measures and management practices that would be necessary to implement Delta Vision recommendations.

These implementation recommendations will involve considering changes in the use of land and water resources, services to be provided within the Delta, governance, funding mechanisms and ecosystem management practices. The final Task Force Strategic Plan recommendations are to be submitted to the public and the Delta Vision Committee by October 31, 2008.

A report on the final Delta Strategic Plan will be submitted by the Delta Vision Committee to the Governor and Legislature by December 31, 2008.