Here is a brief listing of some of the recommendations we make (there are many more):
- Restore adequate flows for the Delta and fisheries including reductions in diversions;
- Analyze a full range of conveyance facilities including an alternative without new conveyance;
- Reduce reliance on the delta and its watersheds;
- Restore and protect habitat;
- Enforce existing water pollution control laws;
- Ground the Delta Plan in biological objectives;
- Base the Plan on the Best Available Science;
- Incorporate economics and financingEstablish equitable governance; and
- Achieve environmental justice.
It is important to understand that our efforts are always to protect and recover our fisheries. However, to accomplish this it takes cooperation, dialogue, willingness to compromise when necessary, and a understanding that water management in California is based on an old paradigm - dam, divert, plumb and pump. Our proposal says no more of that, and gives many sound recommendations on how the state can achieve its water needs through conservation (urban and agricultural), water efficiency, groundwater management and land retirement. We consider this the first of many inputs to the Council as we move our state toward a new and innovative water policy and recovery of our fisheries in the Delta and its tributaries.