What is the DSC Really?


Newly Appointed Chief Counsel and Legislative and Policy Advisor

 On  July 1, 2022, Governor Newsom appointed Jorge Aguilar II as chief counsel and Brandon Chapin as legislative and policy advisor to the Delta Stewardship Council.

Seeing the notice made me think back to my long-standing question, “What is the DSC Really?”

Years ago, I was telling an acquaintance of mine about the wonderful place we lived, the California Delta. How it was a boater’s paradise. 1,000 miles of meandering waterways, pristine anchorages, perfect sloughs for waterskiers and wakeboarders. He was surprised he hadn’t heard about it, as he was a photographer for National Geographic’s Travel Blog. He said he wanted to find out more about it. They’d like to do a piece on it.

He came back to me later perplexed. “There doesn’t seem to be any tourist information about it,” he said.

“True,” I agreed. The State hasn’t made an effort to promote tourism in the Delta. Sad, actually.”

“And,” he continued. “I found a group called the ‘Delta Stewardship Council.’ In my experience, groups named ‘Stewardship Councils’ normally have the charter to protect and promote the area they support. But California’s DSC seems only interested in taking water out of the Delta. What’s going on?”

“Good question,” I agreed. “Supposedly their charter is to enforce the ‘co-equal goals’: exporting water for use outside the Delta and protecting the Delta environment. Sounds good, except the chair of the DSC has stated publicly in meetings that in cases where there is a conflict between the exporters and the fish, the exporters will always win. So much for ‘Stewardship.'”

1 Response to “What is the DSC Really?”


  1. 1 Mark Goble July 26, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    The DSC has a facebook page. They are reps of the ” water contractors”, that gather for meetings and plot to build the Tunnel.


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