Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Economic Sustainability Plan Update

It's done.  You can download the executive summary (18 pages), the full report (almost 300 pages), or follow this link to a webpage where you can download individual chapters of interest, and find links to appendices, comment letters, and other ancillary material.

If you are interested in the Delta and you haven't looked at the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) yet - or haven't looked since an early rough draft - I recommend you at least check out the executive summary.  Even if you don't agree with the recommendations, you should find the ESP to be a very reliable source of information.  That information may change the way you think about the Delta, so don't read the recommendations first thinking that you know all there is to know about the Delta.  The things I have learned have certainly changed my thinking about a few issues.

By my count we have been through 4 drafts, made presentations and received comments at 15 long public meetings of various types, a formal public peer review by 5 national experts, and lots of correspondence.  The short time frame and open, public process was exhausting, but it did result in a better final product.   The report is done, but there will be a few more presentations, most notably to the Delta Stewardship Council on February 8-9.

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