Delta Plan Chapter 2 discusses the purpose and role of the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) in the context of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) governance. It also describes the Council’s approach to developing, implementing, and updating the Delta Plan, all within the framework of adaptive management.
The chapter explains why best available science and adaptive management are particularly important tools in the Delta, and proposes the development of a new Delta Science Plan to aid in the coordination and focus of science efforts across agencies. For state or local agencies that propose a plan, program, or project occurring in whole or in part in the Delta, this chapter contains a description of the regulatory application of the Delta Plan, including what is a covered action, certifications of consistency, and covered action consistency appeals.
One of the major roles of the Council is communicating information about progress toward the coequal goals and the objectives of the Delta Plan. The Council is committed to open communication of current understanding gained through the evaluation of performance measures, monitoring, science, and adaptive management.