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Low Intensity Chemical Dosing (LICD) Workshop

The event, hosted by the Delta Science Program, will showcase the results of a pilot project to reduce mercury and address other unique issues in the Delta. This workshop is presented in accordance with the Science Program’s mission to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information to inform water and environmental decision making.

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Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet Sept. 8, 2016 in Sacramento

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will hold a teleconference meeting on September 8, 2016. The main focus is to discuss the Lead Scientist recruitment efforts (during closed session), the Board’s review of the final EIR/EIS for California WaterFix, and the status of other Board reviews.

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September 7 Brown Bag – Deconstructing the Current California Drought

Dr. Michael Dettinger will present his analysis of the multi-year deficits that have accumulated during California’s drought, now in its fifth year, including deficits in precipitation, snowpack, streamflow, reservoir storage, hydropower generation, etc. By converting these deficits into comparable units, he can assess the collective effects of the drought and identify which resources have recovered and which have not.

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Feasibility Study of Shore-Based Ballast Water Reception and Treatment Facilities in California

The purpose of the feasibility study is to meet a requirement in the Marine Invasive Species Act for the State Lands Commission to identify and conduct research about the ways to reduce or eliminate a release or the establishment of nonindigenous species by shipping vessels. On behalf of the Commission, the Council is organizing the preparation and independent review of the feasibility study of the potential use of shore-based ballast water reception and treatment facilities in California to meet California's interim performance standards for the discharge of ballast water. The study will culminate in a report detailing the potential of this method to meet the needs of regulated vessels to comply with California’s interim performance standards.

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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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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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San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science
Volume 14, Issue 2 of the free SFEWS online journal examines the latest scientific information about salmon, smelt, predation and Delta landscapes is included this peer-reviewed online journal. The articles - and others to be published in September - will form chapters for the Council's upcoming State of Bay-Delta Science 2016.

Enhancing the Vision for Managing Californias Environmental Information

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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.

Applications for the 2017 Science Fellowship Program are now being accepted. Deadline: September 23, 2016 (4pm, Pacific Time). Click here for more information.

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)