Description: Challenge to long-term management plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Delta Stewardship Council Cases
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/24/2016 Tentative Ruling Download Tentative ruling on motions for clarification. 05/18/2016 Ruling Download Ruling issued. California Court Invalidated Delta Management Plan, But Rejected Argument That Plan’s Sea Level Rise Assumptions Were Flawed. A California Superior Court invalidated the long-term management plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta but was not persuaded by an argument that the plan relied on sea level rise projections that were too high and not based on best available science. The management plan was prepared by the Delta Stewardship Council pursuant to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of 2009. A draft conservation strategy report was based on an assumption of a rise in sea level of 55 inches over the next 50 to 100 years, a projection also referenced in the Act. While petitioners argued that data in the report predicted a rise of only 13.8 inches by 2050 and 35 inches by 2100, the court noted that the 55-inch level was supported in other studies cited by the Council.