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Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) Meeting on July 12 in Sacramento

On July 12, 2018, the Delta ISB will discuss the status of current reviews and will consider finalizing the summary sheet for its habitat restoration review. Outside of the usual business matters, the Delta ISB will moderate a panel discussion with monitoring programs that collect data at a national or regional scale that includes the Bay-Delta to help inform the review on the Delta Monitoring Enterprise.

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Suisun Marsh
A Beginner’s Guide to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Created by State Fellow Heidi Williams, this guide is as a resource to learn more about this integral place in California. It begins with the basics of what the Delta is, where it is, and why it’s important; followed sections on its history, its people, and the animals and plants as well as some of the environmental challenges and how agencies and managers are trying to manage them.

IEP boat
Brown Bag Seminar Series: IEP Science and Management

This Brown Bag Series will highlight how research and monitoring performed by the Interagency Ecological Program is relevant to decisions being made in the Delta. Speakers are Vanessa Tobias (6.26), Lauren Damon (7.24), and Louise Conrad (10.23) discussing the open data movement, Delta Smelt reproduction and resilience, and ecological syntheses.

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10th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference

The conference will take place September 10-12, 2018 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The goal of the conference is to offer new information and syntheses to the broad community of scientists, engineers, resource managers, and stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues. This year’s conference theme is “Our Estuary at an Intersection”.


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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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State of Bay-Delta Science 2016
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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)