When the legal battle over employees vs. contractors wrapped up in California, no one thought it could throw a wrench into the long-established independence of the scientific body charged with protecting a precious California resource in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: water. That is, however, precisely what happened. State counsel advised members of the Delta Independent Science Board that they were employees, contrary to the independent status required by the board. This threatens the independent science on which our state’s water decisions depend.
-Written by Phil Isenberg, the founding chair of the Delta Stewardship Council, and David Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association.