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Review Panel to Meet May 19-20 to Discuss Review of Levees Investment Methodology

An independent scientific panel will meet May 19–20, 2015 to continue its review of the methodology and scientific basis proposed for development of the Delta Levees Investment Strategy. The panel’s recommendations will provide objective feedback for the Council’s consultant to consider as it develops recommendations for the Strategy.

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Public Comments Due April 30 on Delta Independent Science Board’s Draft Report on Fishes and Flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The public is invited to review the Delta Independent Science Board’s (Delta ISB) draft report, Fishes and Flows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Strategic Science Needs, that examines the science focused on the effects of water flows on Delta fish populations. Please send comments to Kelly Souza by April 30, 2015.

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May 5 Brown Bag: Complex Water Governance in the California Delta

This presentation by U.C. Davis Professor Dr. Mark Lubell will highlight the network of “actors” and policies in the context of the ecology of water management “games”, and identify the types of policies that are most central and effective. This lunchtime seminar will also focus on how to develop policy recommendations for managing complex water governance systems.

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May 6, 2015 CABA Seminar: New Approaches for Responding to Climate Change in the San Francisco Bay-Delta

The Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program and the U.C. Davis Center for Aquatic Biology & Aquaculture (CABA) will present a day-long seminar entitled “New Approaches for Responding to Climate Change in the San Francisco Bay-Delta.” The seminar agenda has now been posted.

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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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San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science
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)