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Since 2005, when Fish and Game reported to this Committee on the steep decline in both the Delta fishery and the food web on which it depends, we have been taking steps to consider how to respond to this Delta ecosystem crisis. We passed legislation on Delta funding, levees, and emergency preparation. Important to today's hearing, we passed a bill requiring the Administration to recommend a strategic, long-term vision for the Delta, by the beginning of this year.

The Administration created a Blue-Ribbon Task Force led by former Assemblyman Phil Isenberg and offered its recommendations, based largely on the Task Force's work. That's why we're here today – to get started on actually implementing the Delta Vision.

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