The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) has provided comments on the second administrative draft of the Delta Protection Commission’s (Commission) draft economic Sustainability Plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. CSPA attended a 24 August workshop, reviewed the draft plan and submitted written comments on 2 September 2001.
The Delta Reform Act of 2009 directed the DPC to develop a plan that would provide the socioeconomic information necessary for the Delta Stewardship Council (Council) to determine with proposed actions to achieve the coequal goals of ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability are consistent with the objective of protection the economic sustainability of the Delta region.
CSPA wrote that the Commission had interpreted its mandated far too narrowly and the plan falls short of capturing the full scope of market and non-market economic costs and benefits of the Delta’s public trust resources because if fails to include all potential impacts and fails to consider both economic impacts and economic values. Consequently, it doesn’t provide the Council with the critical information necessary to make informed difficult decisions regarding the distribution of limited water resources and the legally required balancing of the public trust.