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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
A California State Agency
980 9TH STREET, SUITE 1500
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 95814
WWW.DELTACOUNCIL.CA.GOV

(916) 445-5511


-- AGENDA – 
MEETING OF THE DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Park Tower Plaza – 2nd Floor Conference Center
980 9th Street, Sacramento, California 95814

THE AGENDA ITEMS LISTED BELOW MAY BE CONSIDERED IN A DIFFERENT ORDER PURSUANT TO THE DETERMINATION OF THE COUNCIL CHAIR. TIMES LISTED ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROXIMATE ONLY. AT THE DISCRETION OF THE DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL, ALL ITEMS APPEARING ON THIS AGENDA, WHETHER OR NOT EXPRESSLY LISTED FOR ACTION, MAY BE DELIBERATED UPON AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO ACTION. PUBLIC COMMENT MAY BE LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES PER PERSON.

1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Roll Call – Establish a Quorum (Water Code §85210.5)

3. Adoption of March 24, 2016 Meeting Summary (Action Item)

4. Chair’s Report (Information Item)
5. Executive Officer’s Report
  1.  Legal Update
  2.  Legislative Update
  3.  Quarterly Contract Update
6.
 Lead Scientist’s Report (Information Item) 
Dr. Cliff Dahm will report on recent Delta science activities.
Attachment 1: Summary Table of 2013 Delta Science Fellows Research Results
Attachment 2: By the Numbers Summary (To be provided at the Council Meeting)
7.
Science Program Research Contracts Consistent with the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee's High-Impact Science Actions (Action Item)
  1.  Consideration of Contract with U.C. San Diego for 2017 Class of Delta Science Fellows 
    The Executive Officer is requesting the Council enter into a new three-year contract to provide $1,525,927 of Science Program General Fund funds to support the 2017 Class of Science Fellows to conduct research on high priority research topics.  Motion and Vote 
    Attachment 1: 2013 Class of Science Fellows
    Attachment 2: 2015 Class of Science Fellows
    Attachment 3: Budget
  2.  Consideration of Grants for Three Research Projects 
    The Executive Officer is requesting Council approval of grants to three highly ranked research projects consistent with high-priority actions. 
    Attachment 1: Science Investigations Conducted through Competitive Project Solicitations and the Delta Science Fellows Program
           Motion and Vote
8.
 2016 Water Year – “El Niño and Beyond” (Information Item)
A panel of water resource managers will inform the Council about this water year’s hydrologyand the effects of the El Niño Southern Oscillation. A representative from the Department of Water Resources will provide an overview of current water supply conditions and operations. Representatives from the Northern California Water Association and the San Luis-Delta Mendota Water Authority will describe how their respective organizations plan to manage water supplies based upon projected allocations.

9.
 Report on Long-Term Operations Biological Opinions Annual Reviews (Information Item)
Agency representatives will brief the Council about the impact of independent science reviews on the implementation of biological opinion regulatory requirements.

10.
 Discussion Regarding Delta Assets of Significant State Interest and Update on Delta Levees Investment Strategy (Water Code §85305)
(Information Item)
Staff will present information describing the State interests in the Delta affected by the region’s levees and discuss how accounting for these interests can inform the development of the Delta Levees Investment Strategy (DLIS). The DLIS will inform prioritization of State investments in levee operation, maintenance, and improvements in the Delta in accordance with Water Code section 85306.
Attachment 1: State Interests for the Delta Levees Investment Strategy
Attachment 2-9: Maps of State Interests Protected by the Delta’s Levees
Attachment 10: Delta Levees Subventions Program Expenditures (1987-2013)

11.
 Approval of Department of Water Resources Proposed Proposition 12 Expenditures: Delta Aqueduct Protection Project – Upper Jones Tract (RD 2039) (Action Item)
Staff is requesting that the Council make specified CEQA findings and then approve funding by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for Reclamation District (RD) 2039’s Delta Aqueduct Protection Project - Upper Jones Tract pursuant to Water Code section 83002(a)(1). $1,659,100 of State funds will be allocated pursuant to the proposed Council action. A local cost share of an additional $292,782 will provide 15 percent of the project’s total cost.
Attachment 1: Project Vicinity Map
Attachment 2: Project Location
Attachment 3: Upper Jones Tract Project – Area of Work
Attachment 4: Upper Jones Tract Project – Typical Levee Cross Section
Attachment 5: CEQA Notice of Exemption Filed by the Reclamation District 2039
Attachment 6: DWR Staff Letter Regarding CEQA Categorical Exemption
Attachment 7: RD 2039 UJ 10-1.0 Scope of Work
Attachment 8: CDFW Staff Letter Regarding Scope of Work Approval
 Motion and Vote 

12.
 Public Comment

13.
Preparation for Next Council Meeting – Discuss (a) expected agenda items; (b) new work assignments for staff; (c) requests of other agencies; (d) other requests from Council members; and (e) confirm next meeting date.


ADJOURN

NOTE: Times listed on the agenda are approximate only. Agenda items could be heard earlier or later as business is completed. 
Members of the public shall be provided an opportunity to address the Delta Stewardship Council on any agenda item except closed session items and those items for which the public has already been afforded such an opportunity at an earlier meeting. Comments during the public comment period shall be limited to matters within the Council’s jurisdiction. Reasonable time limits may be established for public comments (Government Code Section 11125.7).
Additional information can be found on the Delta Stewardship Council’s website at http://deltacouncil.ca.gov/ If you have any questions, please contact Pat Rogers at (916) 445-5511.
If you have questions or need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Human Resources, Delta Stewardship Council (916) 445-5511, or TDD (800) 735-2929.
The times for subject discussion or action or for adjournment are approximate only. Should the Council complete its business under any agenda item, it will move on to the next agenda item. Should the Council complete its full agenda for a meeting day prior to the scheduled adjournment time, and no member of the public wishes to provide further testimony, the Council meeting will adjourn early.