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Placer County officials have publicly expressed concerns about the potential impacts on local water supplies from the Delta Stewardship Council’s proposed Delta Plan. Their interest in protecting local resources is understandable, which is why we regularly meet with Placer County and other mountain counties officials. The Delta Stewardship Council recently closed comment period on the draft EIR, and will soon issue an updated draft of the Delta Plan. Therefore I’d like to take this opportunity to set the record straight. The council by law cannot change water rights — and it isn’t trying to. The council also has been judicious in the use of the authority it was given, which basically applies to plans and projects that occur within the legal Delta and Suisun Marsh. Our legislative directive is straightforward: Develop a master plan to help ensure a reliable water supply, restore the delta’s ecosystem and protect the delta as an evolving place. To accomplish this, we are applying a common-sense approach based on the best available science to preserve opportunities for habitat restoration, increase the diversity and efficiency of California’s water supplies, protect and enhance floodplains and improve the delta’s levee system, and preserve the unique rural character of the delta. Joe Grindstaff, executive officer, Delta Stewardship Council, Sacramento