Land subsidence, deteriorating levees, agricultural sustainability, increasing urbanization, water supply reliability, ecosystem health, and water quality – these are all major challenges facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Confronted with the question of how to sustain the Delta, local and state officials, Delta residents, environmentalists, water agencies and others are working to craft a vision of the Delta 100 years from today.

There are multiple Delta Vision processes underway and a decision on the future of the Delta will be made in the next two years. Unlike past planning efforts that focused primarily on the Delta’s water resource issues and ecosystem, these current efforts have expanded to include land use planning, recreation, flood management, and energy, rail and transportation infrastructure. How – or if – all these competing demands can be accommodated is the question facing state and federal officials, local agencies and stakeholders.

There are no simple answers. Crafting such a vision will require an understanding of the science behind the issues. It will require broad participation from a wide variety of stakeholders. It will require an open, honest debate about these politically charged issues. To help agency officials and stakeholders from all communities with a stake in the Delta’s future learn about these issues and processes underway, the Water Education Foundation is launching a series of educational workshops. These workshops will be held around the state and feature panel discussions on topics of interest, and include audience break-out sessions designed to reflect the ways dialog can continue on these topics. Recommendations from these sessions will be forwarded to the state’s Delta vision planning processes. And following each workshop, the Foundation will post a workshop summary of the discussions on its web site.

March 7, 2008 Delta Vision Workshop

The Water Education Foundation held its last Delta Vision Workshop March 7 in Suisun City at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. It was cosponsored by the California Resources Agency.

The Foundation is in process of producing a conference summary of the discussions. Please check back for its availability.

Speaker PowerPoint presentations from the workshop are available in PDF format below.

John Kirlin Delta Vision Recommendations March 7, 2008

John Kirlin Workplan March 7, 2008

Terry Macaulay March 7, 2008

December 5, 2007 Delta Vision Workshop

The Water Education Foundation held its Delta Vision Workshop December 5 in San Jose at the San Jose Convention Center. It was cosponsored by the California Resources Agency.

The Foundation has produced a conference summary of the discussions.Click here to read the PDF document. Speaker PowerPoint presentations from the workshop are available in PDF format below.

Jon Burau December 5, 2007.

Stuart Siegel December 5, 2007.

July 27, 2007 Delta Vision Workshop

The Water Education Foundation held its Delta Vision Workshop July 27 in Fresno at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center. It was cosponsored by the California Resources Agency.

The Foundation has produced a conference summary of the discussions. Click here to read the PDF document. One speaker made a PowerPoint presentation at the workshops; it is available in PDF format below.

Dave Mraz July 27 07

March 16, 2007 Delta Vision Workshop

The Water Education Foundation held its second Delta Vision Workshop November 8 in Susiun City at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center. It was cosponsored by the California Resources Agency.

The Foundation produced a conference summary of the discussions. Click here to read the PDF document. Several speakers made PowerPoint presentations at the workshops; they are available in PDF format below.

Loren Bottorff March 16 07
William Eisenstein March 16 07
Hanak and Lund March 16 07

November 8, 2006 Delta Vision Workshop

The Water Education Foundation held its first Delta Vision Workshop November 8 in Los Angeles at the MWD of Southern California headquarters. It was co-sponsored by the California Resources Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region.

The Foundation produced a conference summary of the discussions. Click here to read the PDF document . Four speakers made PowerPoint presentations at the workshops; they are available in PDF format below.

Rod Meade Nov 8 06
Joe Grindstaff Nov 8 06
Tom Holzer Nov 8 06
Steve Macaulay Nov 8 06

June 6-7 Developing a Delta Vision Conference

These new educational workshops will build on the June 6-7 Delta conference held at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The “Developing a Delta Vision: Connecting the Dots” conference was sponsored by the University of the Pacific, Natural Resources Institute; Water Education Foundation; Delta Protection Commission; and California Department of Water Resources. Co-sponsors were: Central Delta Water Agency; Downey Brand; Kjelsen, Sinnock and Neudeck, Inc.; MBK Engineers; North Delta Water Agency; Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.; South Delta Water Agency and the Suisun Resource Conservation District.

The Foundation produced a conference summary of the discussions. Click here to read the PDF document.

 
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