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Posted Date: December 6, 2021

Delta Stewardship Council Meeting Notice

This meeting will be remote, per Assembly Bill 361 (Government Code §11133)

Meeting Date:

December 16, 2021

Start Time:

9:00 AM

Direct Link to Meeting:
Join the meeting as an attendee online via Zoom

Or, call:
(669) 900-6833

Webinar ID: 892 1330 3697


The meeting will be broadcast and archived on Cal-Span.

The agenda items listed below may be considered in a different order pursuant to the Chair’s determination. Any times listed on the agenda are approximate only. At the discretion of the Council, all items appearing on this agenda, whether expressly listed for action, may be deliberated upon and may be subject to action.

Public Comment: Information for providing comments is at the end of this notice.
Public comment may be limited to three minutes per person


Items for the consent calendar are expected to be routine and noncontroversial. The Council will be asked to approve all items on the consent calendar without discussion. If any Council member, staff member, or interested person requests that an item be removed from the consent calendar, it will be removed. Removed items may be taken up either immediately after the consent agenda or placed later in the agenda at the Chair's discretion.
Motion and Vote
 a)Adoption of October 28, 2021, Meeting Summary
 b)Approval of a Contract Amendment with Michigan State University (Agreement #18209)
 c)Approval of a Contract Amendment with the United States Geological Survey (Agreement #18202)
 a) Council Election of Vice Chair (Action Item)

The Council will elect a new Vice Chair. This role will become effective January 1, 2022.
Motion and Vote
5. Public Comment
  The public may comment on any topic not listed on the agenda

The Executive Officer will provide an update on the Council's activities and provide the Council with outgoing correspondence, the Outreach Highlights Report, the Active Projects List, and other relevant documents.
 a)Legal Update (Information Item)
 b)Legislative Update (Action Item)

The Council may discuss current legislation that could affect the Council and/or implementation of the Delta Plan and may take action to express support, opposition, or seek to amend any of the bills listed in the monthly legislative report.
 c)Delta Adapts Adaptation Strategy Status Update (Information Item)

Delta Lead Scientist Dr. Laurel Larsen will update the Council on Delta Science Program activities. The Lead Scientist Report provides the Council with unbiased advice on matters of scientific importance in the Delta. In addition, the monthly report offers an opportunity for discussion of relevant advances in science impacting the Delta and highlights Delta Science Program activities.
8. Science Action Agenda Update (Information Item)

The Delta Science Program recently released the draft 2022-2026 Science Action Agenda (SAA) for public review. Updated periodically to re-examine collective priorities, the SAA is a pivotal document developed by and for the Delta science community that prioritizes and aligns science actions to address management needs. Delta Science Program staff will present an overview of the draft 2022-2026 SAA.
9. Great Delta Trail Master Plan (Information Item)

Delta Protection Commission staff will make a presentation to the Council regarding the Draft Great California Delta Trail Master Plan, which is currently available for public comment. The Master Plan advances implementation of several recommendations set forth in Delta Plan Chapter 5, 
Protect and Enhance the Unique Cultural, Recreational, Natural Resource, and Agricultural Values of the California Delta as an Evolving Place.
10. Performance Measures 2021 Year in Review (Information Item)

Council staff will present on Delta Plan performance measures, including a staff-produced video, highlight key annual Delta Plan performance measures updates and progress, and report on dashboard use in 2021.
11. Preparation for Next Council Meeting
Members of the public shall be provided an opportunity to address the Council on any agenda item (except closed session items) and any item not listed on the agenda (Agenda Item 5). 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). Your comments are important to each member of the Council and staff.

Members of the public interested in providing comments should join the meeting via Zoom and contact the Council Clerk at [email protected], or call (916) 798-9817, provide their name and remain on the line. When called on by the Council Chair, Zoom attendees and telephone callers will be unmuted and able to provide oral comments.

All written comments will be distributed to the members and posted to the Council’s website alongside the meeting materials on the Council meeting web page. Written comments received by mail or email by noon the day before a Council meeting will be distributed to members in advance of the meeting and posted online before the meeting. Written comments received after noon the day before a Council meeting will be distributed to the members and posted online with the meeting materials as soon as possible.

If you need accommodations, have technical issues, or have any questions, please contact the Public Participation Office at [email protected] or call (916) 798-9817. In addition, Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) is available by calling (800) 735-2929.