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Delta Independent Science Board to Meet October 14-16 in the Delta

The Delta ISB will meet October 14 in Knightsen to hear about literary, historical and economic perspectives. The next day they’ll meet at the Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley to hear from local modeling experts, then tour Ironhouse Sanitary District and Jersey Island. On October 16, they’ll meet at Big Break Visitor Center, then take a tour of the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project.

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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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Delta Science Fellows Program Seeks Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

The Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Fellows Program is seeking doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Approximately six fellowships will be awarded for proposals addressing the 2015 priority research topics which include: assessing the effects of drought on the Delta and effectiveness and implications of habitat restoration. Deadline to apply is November 18.

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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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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 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

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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)