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Senator Wolk: Protect Delta as a place
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SACRAMENTO — Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) in a Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee hearing called for the elevation of a goal to protect the Delta as a place.

The hearing was reviewing the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force report that calls for achieving the two goals of restoring and preserving the Delta ecosystem and ensuring water supply reliability.

“When saving the Delta, don’t forget the Delta. Don’t forget the place you are trying to save,” Wolk said. “There are people, communities, an economy, recreation, wildlife, history, transportation, economic infrastructure, and more that must be considered in our decisions about the Delta’s future.”

Senator Wolk urged that the state’s approach for the Delta must have three equal goals:

•Protecting the Delta as a place

•Restoring and preserving of the Delta ecosystem

•Ensuring water supply reliability

Representatives from San Joaquin and Yolo counties, as well as conservation groups supported the importance of including the perspectives of Delta communities’ when making decisions for the Delta.

Last month, Wolk chastised the Schwarzenegger administration’s recommendations for the Delta, which supported construction of a peripheral canal around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta without legislative or voter approval and omitted the issue of a Delta steward, which was key to the recommendations of an independent task force to the administration.

Wolk, who represents the majority of the Delta, was the first woman to chair the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and used her four-year chairmanship to bring heightened attention to important topics including the crisis in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.