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Brown Bag on Adaptive Approaches to Wetland Restoration in Southern California

Dr. Joy Zedler, the newest member of the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB), will discuss research that utilized adaptive management and adaptive restoration to improve habitat for endangered species in San Diego Bay and salt marsh ecosystems in the Tijuana Estuary. This presentation is part of the “Know the Delta ISB” seminars.  

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Public Comment Sought on Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) Draft Water Quality Review Proposal

The Delta ISB is soliciting public comments by Aug. 12, on a draft proposal for its review of water quality related to chemical contaminants, nutrients and pathogens in the Delta. The Delta ISB review focuses on an evaluation of the scientific basis for assessing water quality in the Delta and how this information is being used in decision-making, especially in support of adaptive management.

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Latest Issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (SFEWS) Released

The latest issue of SFEWS is now available online. Volume 13, Issue 2 of the online journal examines the Central Valley's water rights in a changing climate, the evolution of arability and land use in the Delta, an essay on storage in California’s reservoirs and snowpack in this time of drought, and more.

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Data Summit White Paper

The draft white paper, Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information, that seeks to advance California’s information technology infrastructure resulted from the 2014 Environmental Data Summit hosted by the Council.

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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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New Lead Scientist Sought for Delta Science Program

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Delta Stewardship Council are seeking an internationally recognized aquatic or ecosystem scientist to become the Lead Scientist of the Council’s Delta Science Program, replacing Dr. Peter Goodwin, whose term is expiring. The Lead Scientist is the principal liaison between the Science Program, the Delta ISB and the Council.

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San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science
Volume 13, Issue 2 of the free SFEWS online journal examines the Central Valley's water rights in a changing climate, the evolution of arability and land use in the Delta, and more.

Enhancing the Vision for Managing Californias Environmental Information

State of Bay-Delta Science 2008

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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.

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.

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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)