Restore the Delta submits comments on Delta Plan

Yuba Net –

Restore the Delta today filed comments today on the proposed Delta Plan ecosystem restoration amendments currently being considered by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC).

Among the concerns about Delta stewardship are climate impacts, harmful algal blooms, and protecting indigenous and Delta environmental justice communities. Here are a few quotes from the comments letter.

“In the absence of following the scientific evidence where it leads, the DSC’s policies will fail to be based on the best available science, something that state law obligates the Council to do.”

“We sense from this preliminary draft of Chapter 4 that there is much uncertainty as to the rate at which sea level rise and other effects of climate change will challenge the efficacy and sustainability of ecosystem restoration projects that come before the DSC as covered actions. We have concerns about this too, many of which we stated in our 2019 report on Climate Equity and Seismic Resilience in the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.”

“Abrupt climate changes may occur in the very near future, if they have not already commenced. Our attached report states some key reasons for it, including ice sheet melting and massive releases of carbon to the atmosphere from arctic permafrost regions. We urge the DSC and its Delta Science Program to acknowledge and incorporate abrupt climate change into planning efforts….”

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