Below-Average Marks Given for Progress in Delta
State leaders are making progress on planning for solutions in the Delta, but lack any significant action on fixing the problems there, according to a report card released today by the Delta Vision Foundation.
Issued annually, the report evaluates state agencies for their leadership, strategic direction, coordination, results and accountability in water, environmental and Delta issues, including the coequal goals of water supply reliability and ecosystem restoration in the Delta. The 2012 report card gives a mixed bag of grades, noting improvement in some areas over the 2011 report and decline in others.
According to the report, the 85 actions recommended in the Delta Vision Strategic Plan are 28% complete. At this time last year, the actions were 25% complete. There is a continued lack of action to address near-term Delta risks and ecosystem restoration, the report says, and implementation on mid- and long-term actions is lagging in all areas.
“State agencies, federal agencies and stakeholders continue to work earnestly to plan and implement the legislative requirements,” the report says. “However, the Delta Vision Foundation finds that additional leadership and direction is needed at all levels to ensure that planning and actions are linked and integrated through policies, commitments, assurances, and requirements.”
The public may comment on the report card until June 20. Final results and recommendations will bel published by July 1.