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State grade on delta: Incomplete

A panel of officials appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger to solve the San Joaquin- Sacramento Delta's water and environmental problems plans to give the state an "incomplete" grade for its progress.

The rating, to be presented in a "report card," will be finalized after hearing testimony from environmentalists, water groups and state officials at a public meeting today in Sacramento.

The seven-member Delta Vision Task Force, led by former Sacramento mayor Phil Isenberg, officially doesn't exist anymore. But after releasing its December recommendations, it decided to stay alive as a private group to press for action.

Results in the draft report card don't look good: The foundation finds that the state has made little to no progress on most of its recommendations.

The group proposed aggressive actions to improve water delivery and ecosystem health in the delta, a source of drinking water for more than 23 million Californians. Many of its proposals are expensive and controversial, such as building a water diversion canal around the delta. Others came with aggressive timetables, including new legislation this year to reform delta government.

Today's meeting is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the California State Association of Counties Conference Center, 1020 11th St., Second Floor, Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 952-7029 or go to http://deltavision.ca.gov.

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