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Delta Vision

Delta Vision is the initiative resulting from legislation and former Governor Schwarzenegger’s Executive Order S-17-06.  It was designed to integrate the many but separate Delta planning efforts using a collaborative and inclusive public process.  The idea was to develop and articulate findings and recommendations for durable and sustainable management of the Delta. The Delta Vision will be the basis of a Delta Strategic Plan that will include recommendations for regional management arrangements among elected officials, government agencies, stakeholders, academia and affected California communities.

The process concluded at the end of 2008, a little more than two years after it began. The imperiled Delta provides two-thirds of Californians – an estimated 25 million people – with some of their water. It's also home to more than 750 plants and animals that, in some cases, are unique to the Delta.

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)