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April 8 Public Briefing: Review of Draft 2015-2016 High-Impact Science Actions

This public briefing will introduce stakeholders and the Delta community to a draft list of multi-agency, multi-benefit science actions that support decision-relevant science and could be implemented in 2015-16. This list of high-impact science actions will reviewed during the briefing and will be presented to the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee May 11. 

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April 20 Brown Bag: Land Subsidence: The Lowdown on the Drawdown

Compaction of susceptible aquifer systems caused by excessive groundwater pumping is the single largest cause of subsidence in California. Michelle Sneed from the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss subsidence processes, measurements, analyses, and consequences by exploring selected case studies in the San Joaquin Valley, the Coachella Valley, and the Mojave Desert.

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Delta Independent Science Board to Meet April 1, 2015

The Delta ISB will meet April 1, 2015 to discuss the Lead Scientist recruitment. This Closed Session is not open to the public. 

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March 25 Brown Bag: Boosting the Use of Science and Data in Support of Management Decisions and Informed Public Policy

Dr. Steven Daley-Laursen, Professor at the University of Idaho, will discuss what has been learned from three regional research and data collaboratives and address how to apply those lessons to collaborative science and decision-making processes that will help achieve the coequal goals. 

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Data Summit White Paper Available for Public Comment

The public is invited to review the draft white paper, Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information, that seeks to advance California’s information technology infrastructure. The paper resulted from the 2014 Environmental Data Summit hosted by the Council. Please send comments to: datavisiondocument@deltacouncil.ca.gov by March 18, 2015.

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Report Posted on Management, Analysis, and Synthesis Team’s (MAST) Updated Conceptual Model of Delta Smelt Biology

An updated conceptual model of Delta smelt biology by the Interagency Ecological Program’s Management, Analysis, and Synthesis Team has been posted. This report updates previous conceptual models for Delta smelt to reflect new data and information since the release of the last synthesis report about the Pelagic Organism Decline by the Interagency Ecological Program for the San Francisco Estuary.

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Report Posted on Collaborative Adaptive Management Team’s (CAMT) Delta Smelt Proposed Investigations

An independent science panel has completed its review of the Collaborative Adaptive Management Team’s (CAMT) proposed investigations on understanding population effects and factors that affect entrainment of Delta smelt at the State and Federal Water Projects.

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Panel Report Posted on Interior Delta Flows and Related Stressors

The Delta Science Program has posted the report from an independent scientific review panel that it convened on interior Delta flows and related stressors. The report was prepared in support of the State Water Resources Control Board’s process of reviewing and updating its Bay-Delta Plan flow objectives to protect beneficial uses of water.

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Volume 12, Issue 4 of the free SFEWS online journal includes Bay-Delta stories of dispersion mechanisms of tidal river junction, physically based modeling of Delta island consumptive use, and more.
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Delta Science Fellows Program

2013 Delta Science Fellowships Awarded - The Delta Science Program in conjunction with California Sea Grant awarded Fellowships for 2013 to ten outstanding candidates – double the number that could have otherwise been awarded due to additional funding support from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Department of Water Resources.

Grants Program

The Delta Science Program has funded 40 research grants totaling more than $25 million. The Science Program considers funding scientific research to be a critical component in establishing unbiased and authoritative knowledge directly relevant to Bay-Delta actions. This knowledge will fundamentally advance the understanding of the complex environments and ecosystems within the Bay-Delta system to aid policy-makers, managers and other decision-makers.

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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)