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Press Release: 2014 Delta Vision Report Card Evaluates Progress at Five-year Milestone

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.

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Delta Vision Foundation in the News

The Sacramento Bee: Viewpoints: Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a 50-year gamble, 5/18/13 (PDF)

The Sacramento Bee: Viewpoints: Failed leadership, not drought, is source of water problems, 3/16/14 (PDF)

The California Spigot, 9/3/13

Delta Water Summit Set For Fresno State, 7/17/13

Finding Common Ground in the Delta By William Reilly, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and current Board Director of the Delta Vision Foundation, 5/22/13

The Sacramento Bee: Viewpoints: Only strong leadership will help us address the Delta’s challenges, 6/13/12 (PDF) 

NRDC: Different Approaches to Finding Solutions for the Colorado River and the Bay-Delta, 6/11/12 (PDF)

Aquafornia: Restore the Delta on the Delta Vision report card: Average, below average, divided average, 6/9/12 (PDF)

California Progress Report: 2012 Delta Vision Foundation Report Card Assigns Tough Grades, 6/7/12 (PDF)

Capital Public Radio: California Is Behind Schedule for Protecting the Delta, 6/6/12 (PDF)

Association of California Water Agencies: Below-Average Marks Given for Progress in Delta, 6/6/12 (PDF)

Mike Chrisman: Snowpack shows vulnerability of water supply, 5/05/12 (PDF)

A.G. Kawamura: Delta is key to California’s economy, 10/27/11

Sunne Wright McPeak: Despite wet winter, state needs to move ahead with Delta plan, 08/11/11 (PDF)

Orange County Register: Drought’s over, but state’s water problems remain, 6/30/11 

Ray Seed: Without strategic plan, Delta continues to be at risk of disaster, 6/15/11 (PDF)

Contra Costa Times: Delta’s winter surge undercuts rationale for big diversion of Sierra water around it, 05/19/11

 

Delta Vision Foundation Announcements

Statement from Delta Vision Foundation on Immediate Drought Relief Action

Sacramento – Friday, March 7, 2014:The Delta Vision Foundation (DVF) urges the State of California and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to reach agreement immediately on an Emergency Order to allow increased pumping to capture needed water for agriculture, industry and communities south of the Delta during this drought…

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California Water Leaders Call for Ag and Finance Solutions

Delta Vision Foundation says DSC plan “fails to link strategies and actions for a workable solution”

Sacramento – Wednesday, October 12, 2011: The Delta Vision Foundation held a roundtable discussion with state water leaders, stakeholder organizations and resource experts to examine critical issues facing the implementation of the Delta Vision Strategic Plan..

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Delta Vision Foundation Assigns Stern Grades to “Hopeful but Inadequate” Delta Progress

Sacramento – The Delta Vision Foundation (established by the former members of the Governor’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force) released the second annual Delta Vision Report Card today, grading state and federal agency progress and effectiveness in advancing the Two Co-Equal Goals of (1) Restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Ecosystem and (2) Ensuring a reliable water supply for California.

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State Dignitaries Join Delta Vision Foundation Board

Sacramento – The Delta Vision Foundation (formerly the Governor’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force) has announced appointments of two former state cabinet secretaries and a current cabinet secretary to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Mike Chrisman, former Secretary of Natural Resources Agency, A.G. Kawamura, former Secretary of Department of Food and Agriculture, and Linda Adams, Acting Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, will join forces with current directors to help map the course of California’s water future.

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Delta Vision Foundation Convenes Meeting of California Water Leaders

Sacramento – The Delta Vision Foundation held a public meeting in downtown Sacramento on Wednesday, to gather input from dozens of state water experts on the most useful and effective framework for monitoring and evaluating implementation of the Delta Vision Strategic Plan, released in 2008.

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Delta Vision Foundation Comments on Final Delta/Water Legislation

Sacramento – Today, the Delta Vision Foundation (formerly the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force) released an extensive analysis of the final Delta/Water bill package that the legislature failed to approve on September 11. The Foundation compared the legislation to major goals and recommendations in the Delta Vision Strategic Plan. They concluded that although progress was made, the package was not yet in substantial agreement with the major goals or recommendations of Delta Vision.

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Delta Legislation Represents Progress — But Financing and Consistency Powers Needed

Delta Vision Foundation Releases Letter to Senate President pro tem Steinberg

Sacramento – Today, the Delta Vision Foundation (formerly the Governor’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force) noted the California Legislature is taking action on hotly debated water policy aimed at fixing the myriad problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Unfortunately, changes in bills today failed to address the need for financing of the Delta Council and removed ability of the Council to ensure state and local agencies act consistently with the Delta Plan.

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Delta Vision Foundation Message to Lawmakers — “Do the big things right; fight about the rest”

Detailed analysis of bills presented at Delta/Water committee meeting

Sacramento – Today, an in-depth analysis by the Delta Vision Foundation (formerly the Governor’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force) took center stage at a critical committee meeting on Delta/Water legislation at the State Capitol. The Foundation reviewed and commented on five pieces of Delta/Water legislation that address the ongoing crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Today’s testimony took place at the joint session of the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

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Delta Vision Foundation Says New Delta Legislation Offers Path Forward

Analysis shows progress on implementation of Delta Vision Strategic Plan

Sacramento – Today, members of the Delta Vision Foundation (formerly the Governor’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force) released an assessment of “pre-print” bills in the California Legislature that address the ongoing crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Delta Vision Foundation Says State Efforts to Fix Delta Don’t Make the Grade

Report Card shows little progress on implementation of Delta Vision Strategic Plan

Sacramento – Today, members of the Delta Vision Foundation (formerly the Governor’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force) released a mid-term “Report Card” to determine the state’s progress in shaping policy to restore the beleaguered Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and ensure a reliable water supply for California.

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Public Meeting Notice

Delta Vision Foundation To Grade State Progress On Delta and Water Policy

Sacramento event will focus on policy and proposals linked to Delta Vision Strategic Plan

Monday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Delta Vision Foundation (formerly the Governor’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force) will hold a public meeting in downtown Sacramento to release a mid-term Report Card on the state’s performance in shaping policy to restore the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta and ensure a reliable water supply for California. The Report Card assesses the progress of the Governor, the California Legislature, and specific policy proposals to adopt and implement key recommendations and strategies identified in the Delta Vision Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan, released October 2008, is designed to ensure long-term sustainable management of the Delta.

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Delta Vision Foundation Grades State Progress On Delta and Water Policy

Sacramento event will highlight lack of action on the Delta Vision Strategic Plan

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Time for the Governor to Wade Into the Delta

William K. Reilly

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Clean, abundant water is something most people take for granted. Yet, with California in its third year of drought, that nonchalance is no longer justified. Across the state, there is a growing consensus that we cannot go on as before, and that we need serious change in the way in which we view and use water. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken on some of the fearsome challenges California faces on his watch. But he has yet to meet the water challenge…

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Independent Delta Vision Task Force Reorganizes to Advance Sustainable Delta Plan

Delta Vision Foundation convenes as California faces drought and ecosystem crises

Sacramento – Today, members of the concluded Governor’s Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force announced they have reorganized under a new name and with nongovernmental support. The newly formed Delta Vision Foundation has assembled to advance the set of recommendations and strategies proposed in their Delta Vision Strategic Plan, released in October 2008. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed the Task Force in 2006, to create an independent blueprint for a sustainable Delta, and a reliable water supply for California.

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