Poor grades reflect overall lack of progress and results to implement Delta solutions
The status of the Two Co-Equal Goals to restore the Delta ecosystem and ensure water supply reliability remains in critical condition threatening California’s environmental and economic future while the 2014 drought highlights the vulnerability of California’s water management system. This is the key take-away from the Delta Vision Foundation (DVF) 2014 Report Card, released today. The comprehensive analysis of progress and effectiveness by State and Federal agencies and other organizations to implement actions recommended in the Delta Vision Strategic Plan comes five years after it was implemented through the 2009 water legislation package.
“Even though major plans have advanced and the Governor’s Administration has worked hard to break down silos and increase coordination, near-term actions have stalled or fallen through the cracks,” said Delta Vision Foundation President Sunne Wright McPeak. “The inability to respond effectively to this year’s drought demonstrates that additional focus and action are needed to improve and accelerate implementation and results.”
The annual evaluation grades implementing agencies for their leadership, strategic direction, coordination, results, and accountability, and is based on the observations and perspectives provided by agency representatives, stakeholders, and water leaders from around the state. In each previous Report Card, the Delta Vision Foundation has recommended immediate action to improve leadership and coordination among State and Federal agencies, increase transparency, accountability, and stakeholder engagement, and accelerate implementation of critical near-term actions.
According to John Kirlin, Delta Vision Board Director, “While the advancement of some recommendations in the past year is encouraging, as demonstrated by the California Water Action Plan, the initial meeting of the Delta Interagency Implementation Committee, and accelerated funding for drought relief, more effective and strategic actions could have and should have started four years ago.”
“Strong leadership is key to resolving the endless loop of plan, approve, sue, and plan again,” said McPeak. ”State and Federal agencies and stakeholders must refocus efforts to develop policies, assurances, and commitments that link actions and drive performance to achieve the Two Co-Equal Goals while protecting and enhancing the Delta as an evolving place. Otherwise, we are doomed to repeat a long history of conflict and inaction.”
View the full Report Card at http://www.deltavisionfoundation.org/
The public may comment on the Report Card and results by June 30, 2014. Final results and recommendations will be published before July 31, 2014
The Delta Vision Foundation (DVF) was established by former members of the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, the independent body convened under Governor’s Executive Order S-17-06. The mission of DVF is to encourage implementation and progress by the State of California toward achieving the Two Co-Equal Goals as defined in the Delta Vision Strategic Plan: (1) Restore the Delta Ecosystem; and (2) Ensure Water Supply Reliability. DVF monitors, evaluates, and provides information to government officials, policymakers, and the public about implementing the Delta Vision Strategic Plan recommendations as a set of integrated and linked actions and participates in policy processes, but takes no formal position on legislation.