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SBX7 1: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of 2009 (2009)


Senate Bill X7 1 lays out a clear path for governance of the Delta, and establishes the two co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem.

It creates a new governing Council for the Delta and establishes a detailed plan for water conservation and efficiency, securing water supplies from earthquake disruptions as well as dislocations resulting from climate change. The bill requires the State Water Resources Control Board to establish environmentally protective inflow standards for the Delta prior to a change in the point of diversion for water exports.

The bill creates a new Delta Conservancy to acquire lands and to facilitate ecosystem restoration, and would revise the composition and duties of the Delta Protection Commission
It establishes an independent science board to inform the Council and establishes a process for developing a Natural Communities Conservation Plan, the highest level of environmental protection for threatened and endangered species in the Delta.

Watch an interview with Joe on KCRA after the bill passed the legislature.

For more information, you can read the SBX7 1 "Fact Sheet" prepared by a member of Senator Simitian's staff.

Final Status and Text

SBX7 1 is no longer active. Its final status was:
Signed into Law

You can read its final text on the Legislature's Bill Information site.

News & Press Releases about SBX7 1

08/05/2010 - MEDIA ADVISORY: Hearing on Scientists' Report on Delta Ecosystem Water Needs

02/03/2010 - Delta Dawn?

12/31/2009 - New year bringing new laws

11/12/2009 - Simitian Delta Protection and Water Supply Bill Signed by Governor

11/04/2009 - Simitian Delta/Water Bill Approved By Legislature, Goes To Governor For Signature

11/04/2009 - Calif. Lawmakers Pass Water Plan

11/03/2009 - Major components of water overhaul pass Senate