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The New Issue of SFEWS Continues to Preview State of Bay-Delta Science 2016

Three new chapters from the upcoming State of Bay-Delta Science 2016 are now available including the latest scientific information on food webs in the Delta and Suisun Marsh, how climate change may affect the Delta, and agricultural and urban water supply reliability. Other articles include papers on the evolution of primary production in the Delta, fine-scale distributions of zooplankton in the northern San Francisco Estuary, and a note on Delta outflow.

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Oct. 25 Brown Bag – The Delta as Changing Landscapes

Studying change informs us on how to more effectively restore landscapes and ecological functions. Dr. Grenier will discuss the transformation of the Delta, focusing on those aspects that support healthy ecologies. She will draw from her recent report The Delta as Changing Landscapes, included in The State of Bay-Delta Science (SBDS) 2016, and from the Delta Landscapes project (SFEI), which examines how Delta ecosystems functioned from the 1800s to present day – and how they might function in a renewed Delta of the future. This Brown Bag seminar is one of a series previewing the upcoming State of Bay-Delta Science 2016.

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Independent Peer Review Report: Estimating Net Delta Outflow (NDO): Approaches to Estimating NDO in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Now Online

The State Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is undertaking a four-phased process to develop and implement updates to the Bay-Delta Plan and flow objectives for priority tributaries to the Delta to protect beneficial uses in the Bay-Delta watershed. The SWRCB asked the Delta Science Program to obtain a peer review of the report provided by the Dept. of Water Resources in response to a request for a technical analysis of appropriate methodologies for determining net Delta outflow as a regulatory parameter in the Bay-Delta Plan. 

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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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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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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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San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science
Volume 14, Issue 3 of the free SFEWS online journal examines the latest scientific information on food webs in the Delta and Suisun Marsh, how climate change may affect the Delta, and agricultural and urban water supply reliability. These articles - and others to be published later this year - will form chapters for the Council's upcoming State of Bay-Delta Science 2016.

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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.

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Science Fellowship Program was September 23, 2016. 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)