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The purpose of the review is to evaluate the scientific validity of the studies’ results and conclusions as well as their completeness. The review panel will inform the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board in decisions pertaining to Delta Mercury Control Program implementation, which is identified in Chapter 6 of the Delta Plan (WQ R8) as essential to improving water quality in the Delta.

The Delta Stewardship Council's May 2019 meeting will feature a workshop to explore options for addressing key issues identified through the Delta Plan Five-Year Review process. Among other agenda items, Watermaster Michael George will present his quarterly report to the Council.

In a new science blog, John Callaway, Louise Conrad, and Dylan Stern reflect on how these new projects align with critical science and management needs in the Delta and the importance of long-term, reliable science funding to advance the next-generation of Delta science research and researchers.

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There has been an ongoing conversation about the importance of thinking about the San Francisco Estuary holistically as a connected system, rather than siloing the Bay, Delta, and watersheds. The purpose of the Delta Science Program's upcoming brown bag seminar series, Integrating the Bay and Delta, is to contribute to that conversation about Bay-Delta linkages. Ongoing management efforts focused on water quality issues will be used as a way to explore the challenges and benefits related to thinking of the system as one.

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Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)