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Keep Up on the Big Picture with the Sept. Issue of Estuary News

The Sept. 2017 issue of ESTUARY News includes articles on exploring the Delta's heritage, Bay Area water districts crafting drought contigency plans, and how a 25-year old program could be a beacon of environmental protection. To help keep you up-to-date on what’s happening throughout the estuary, the Council helps sponsor this quarterly publication of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. You can receive ESTUARY News for free by signing up at: www.sfestuary.org/estuary-news

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New Interactive Webpage Tells the Story of the Science Action Agenda

At its core the Science Action Agenda (SAA) is a four-year science agenda for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that prioritizes and aligns science actions to inform management decisions, fill gaps in knowledge, promote collaborative science, build the science infrastructure, and achieve the objectives of the Delta Science Plan.The new interactive SAA webpage offers more depth and clarity of the materials. All five of the thematic science action areas are listed, offering easy access to the 13 priority science actions and associated management needs listed in the document. To watch the video, click here.

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The New Issue of SFEWS: Volume 15, Issue 3

Volume 15, Issue 3 of the free SFEWS online journal discusses the various projects and programs underway to enhance and preserve the Delta as an estuary, as well as the aquatic and terrestrial life that call the region home. Included are discussions about a monitoring network that provides quantitative information on the status of imperiled species at key life stages and geographic locations over time; large scale restoration of habitats requiring significant changes in waterways and land uses but fail to account for human uses that can lead to less public support for the restoration efforts; and restoration activities that are underway to recover a rockweed that was injured during the Cosco Busan oil spill in November 2007.

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2017 Delta Regional Monitoring Program Monitoring Design Review Report Now Available

 

The Final Review Report from the independent scientific review of the Delta Regional Monitoring Program Monitoring Design is now available on the Delta Stewardship Council website.

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Council Appoints Dr. John Callaway as New Lead Scientist

Dr. John Callaway, an internationally recognized expert in wetland restoration, specifically wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics, was unanimously appointed by the Council as Lead Scientist at the July 2017 meeting. Most recently, Dr. Callaway has served as the director of the Master’s Program in Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco. “I look forward to the continuing efforts of building a collaborative scientific community with its search for common truths on the many critical issues that face the Delta,” Dr. Callaway said. “The development of One Delta-One Science is clearly a project of critical importance to California that is helping set standards of how the best available science can more effectively inform the making of policy.”

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The Delta
The State of Bay-Delta Science 2016 Interactive Website

The State of Bay-Delta Science is a collection of papers that represents a synthesis of the current scientific understanding of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Together the papers emphasize the progress made on key research questions during the past decade and identify remaining knowledge gaps. The new interactive SBDS webpage offers more depth and clarity of the materials. All six of the related seminars by the report’s contributors are available for viewing. Finally, a Summary-of-Policies document distills key findings from SBDS 2016 for a policymaker audience.

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Eight Early-Career Scientists Named Delta Science Fellows

The Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program has named eight doctoral graduate students and post-doctoral researchers as recipients of the agency’s 2017 Delta Science Fellowship.The Fellowship Program, administered by California Sea Grant, pairs junior scientists with academic and community mentors to work on collaborative data analysis and research projects as guided by the Delta Science Plan. Additional financial commitment is provided by the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 

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California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2A and 2B Reports

At the request of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS), and the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, select staff from the Council’s Delta Science Program convened Phases 2A and 2B of the CA WaterFix (CWF) Aquatic Science Review. Phase 2A reviewed the 2081(b) Incidental Take Permit application analyses and draft Adaptive Management Framework for CWF. Phase 2B reviewed sections of the NMFS’ and FWS’ draft Biological Opinions and a proposed approach to establishing Longfin Smelt outflow criteria for the 2081(b) Incidental Take Permit analyses for CWF. The peer review reports for both Phases 2A and 2B have been completed.

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San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science
Volume 15, Issue 3 of the free SFEWS online journal discusses the various projects and programs underway to enhance and preserve the Delta as an estuary, as well as the aquatic and terrestrial life that call the region home. Included are discussions about a monitoring network that provides quantitative information on the status of imperiled species at key life stages and geographic locations over time; large scale restoration of habitats requiring significant changes in waterways and land uses but fail to account for human uses that can lead to less public support for the restoration efforts; and restoration activities that are underway to recover a rockweed that was injured during the Cosco Busan oil spill in November 2007.
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Delta Science Fellows Program

Delta Science Fellowship - In partnership with California Sea Grant, this program brings together junior scientists with Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors on research projects relevant to Delta policy and management. Applications for the 2018 Delta Science Fellowship program were due on September 25, 2017. The Delta Science Program is currently in the process of selecting a 2018 class of Delta Science Fellows. Awardees will be announced in early 2018.

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)