Estuary Blueprint Spotlight: Tribal Summit Workshop on Water Quality and Quantity

At a recent Tribal Water Summit, the California Indian Environmental Alliance and Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians held a workshop in collaboration with Mono Lake Kutzadika’s Tribe, Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, and San Francisco Baykeeper to discuss water quality and water quantity in the San Francisco Estuary and its headwaters.

As part of this workshop, panel leaders discussed the Estuary Blueprint’s connection to protection of water quality, improvement in water quantity, and Tribal Beneficial Uses. The event was held in early April in Sacramento.

Sea level rise, water quality and habitat protection are among the issues addressed in the San Francisco Estuary Blueprint released by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, mapping how San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will be managed in the near future.

Meanwhile, it was 30 years ago that the original Estuary Blueprint, or Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, was formally adopted by hard-won consensus of a large group of government agency staff, environmentalists, farmers, teachers, scientists, industry professionals and citizens. That group had worked for six years to hammer out the first ever comprehensive ecological management plan for the Bay and Delta. 

For more information on the Estuary Blueprint visit: Hosted by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the San Francisco Estuary Partnership is a collaboration of local, state and federal agencies; non-governmental organizations; and academic and business leaders working to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.