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Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet August 11, 2016 in Sacramento

The Delta Independent Science Board will hold a teleconference meeting at the Park Tower Plaza in Sacramento to discuss the status of program reviews and current and future projects to support the Delta Stewardship Council.

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The new issue of SFEWS previews State of Bay-Delta Science 2016

The latest scientific information about salmon, smelt, predation and Delta landscapes is included the July issue of the peer-reviewed online journal San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science. These articles - and others to be published in September - will form chapters for the Council's upcoming State of Bay-Delta Science 2016.

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August 4 Brown Bag – Assessing Extinction in Fishes: Preparing for Extinction of Delta Smelt

The extinction of a species is a major consideration in balancing water supply and environmental needs. It’s usually regarded as a “yes/no” state. But, its determination can be quite complicated. In their seminar Dr. Peter Moyle and Dr. Jason Baumsteiger will propose six extinction categories: mitigated, regional, native range, wild, visual, and global. To prevent premature delisting, they recommend a waiting period based on generation time rather than a fixed number of years.
 

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Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference - Nov. 15-17, 2016

The Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference is a forum for presenting technical analyses and results relevant to the Delta Science Program’s mission to provide the best possible, unbiased, science-based information for water and environmental decision-making in the Bay-Delta system. The goal is to provide new information and syntheses to the broad community of scientists, engineers, resource managers, and stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues.

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2015 LOBO Annual Science Review Report Now Available

A report from the annual science review of the Long-term Operations Biological Opinions (LOBO) Review is available now on the Delta Stewardship Council website. The report synthesizes the findings of a panel of independent scientists who reviewed the implementation of actions required by the Endangered Species Act for salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon, and Delta smelt to operate the State and Federal Water Projects.

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Data Summit White Paper Released: Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information

The white paper, Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information, is now available. This paper is a synthesis of ideas explored during the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program June 2014 Data Summit. It is based on initiatives, current programs and the experiences of individuals from State and federal agencies, academia, private and non-governmental entities.

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Delta ISB Review of Flows and Fishes in the Delta Posted

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) has posted its review on how freshwater flows affect Delta fish populations. The report, “Flows and Fishes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” offers several recommendations on scientific strategies to benefit adaptive management.

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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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Delta Science Fellows Program

Delta Science Fellowships Awarded - The Delta Science Program in conjunction with California Sea Grant awarded Fellowships for 2015 to twelve outstanding candidates – the largest class of fellows ever awarded - with funding support from the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency.

Grants Program

The Delta Science Program has funded 48 research grants totaling more than $27 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)