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Report · April 2013

Integrated Management of Delta Stressors: Institutional and Legal Options

Ellen Hanak, Jay Lund, Jeffrey Mount, Brian Gray, and Barton “Buzz” Thompson

Despite some recent progress, the current institutional landscape for regulation and management of stressors in the in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is highly fragmented. A modest but powerful set of institutional changes can help produce better environmental outcomes while containing management costs-which are likely to exceed several hundred million dollars annually. This report lays out proposals for institutional reform.

This research was supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

Several companion reports contain related findings:

Aquatic Ecosystem Stressors in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Mount et al. 2012) summarizes the science of Delta ecosystem stressors for a policymaking audience.

Costs of Ecosystem Management Actions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Medell-n-Azuara et al. 2013) assesses costs of water management actions.

Scientist and Stakeholder Views on the Delta Ecosystem (Hanak et al. 2013) presents detailed results of the two surveys conducted by the report’s authors.

Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Healthier Delta Ecosystem (Hanak et al. 2013) summarizes the overall research project and the recommendations it generated.

Where the Wild Things Aren-t: Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Species (Moyle et al. 2012) outlines a realistic long-term vision for achieving a healthier ecosystem.



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