June 27th, 2012

Why I’m Participating

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Russell van Loben Sels is a North Delta farmer and is a Delta Dialogues participant.

Delta Dialogues establishes a forum for discussions related to achieving the co-equal goals of a more reliable water supply for California and restoration of the Delta ecosystem in a manner that protects and enhances the Delta as a place — truly a “wicked problem” without easy solutions. Currently, processes that will have tremendous impact upon the Delta economy, its people and ecosystem are advancing. When these processes recognize and provide for the Delta’s needs, progress on the coequal goals will be achievable. Delta Dialogues can be a powerful tool to attain understanding, and from that understanding, will effect direction and progress.

At each of our meetings, I have learned something new and remain hopeful that our shared knowledge will result in solutions which advance the coequal goals in a manner that truly protects and enhances the Delta as a place. In order to accomplish these goals, we will all need to be prepared to modify our positions and the reasoning and understanding that support them.


  • Leo Winternitz

    Russel’s observations are on the mark.We need a forum to discuss contentious issues in a non-contentious manner; to understand the needs and interests of the other party; of all the parties. Delta Dialogues allows for that kind of place. And most important, it is more than just a dialogue. It is about understanding and seeking solutions.