Workshop - Governing the Delta: Principles for a New Vision

One of the goals of the CALFED Science Program is to provide authoritative and unbiased descriptions of scientific knowledge. To fulfill this goal, the Science Program holds workshops designed to provide a forum for discussions and the exchange of information among Scientists, Stakeholders, Agency Staff, and the public about topics important to the region. These workshops synthesize the science related to complex problems and provide advice for undertaking specific complex tasks in support of Delta planning and decision-making.

The CALFED Science Program convened a workshop on Governance to discuss issues surrounding implementation of a Delta Vision. The workshop included speakers with examples from other large restoration programs as well as local examples with emphasis on what has worked and what has not. Speakers also discussed past CALFED governance approaches and current governance ideas in draft Delta visions. The primary workshop outcome will be key governance principles for the Delta Vision Task Force to consider in the draft Delta vision currently under development.

CALFED Science Program Workshop
Governing the Delta: Principles for a New Vision

Workshop Webcast -

October 12, 2007 -

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Workshop Products

The Science Program produced a written report on the workshop to be provided as briefing materials to Agency Directors, Delta Vision Task Force, interested parties, and the public for informing governance decisions in the Delta.

Governing the Delta: Principles for a New Vision, final report is available for download

Background Documentation

Governing the Delta: Principles for a New Vision
October 12, 2007, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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9:00 am

  1. Opening Context - John Kirlin, Executive Director, Delta Vision
  2. Panel of Governance Examples:
  3. Previous CALFED governance- Brent Walthall, former Chief Consultant to the Senate Agriculture and Water Committee


  1. Governance in a Complex, Changing Environment - Judy Innes, UC Berkeley, Delta Vision Assessment Team
  2. Governance Principles - Jim Mayer, Executive Director, California Forward; former Executive Director of the Little Hoover Commission
  3. Discussion - Dr. Michael Healey, CALFED Lead Scientist
  4. Public Comment

4:00 pm Adjourn

Order of agenda items is subject to change.

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