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Adaptive Management

Adaptive management is a science-based, structured approach to improving our understanding of the problems and uncertainties of management. Through adaptive management, the next generation of actions is designed and implemented based on lessons learned from previous actions. Many Delta planning and policy efforts have adopted adaptive management as the path forward for managing our complex natural resources.


The Delta Science Program works with other agencies and organizations that are planning and implementing adaptive management for programs and projects. Anyone planning an ecological restoration or water management project in the Delta region is invited to reach out to the Delta Science Program Adaptive Management Liaisons for help with or advice on their planning.


The Delta Science Program also assists with the development and periodic reviews of the Delta Plan, and Adaptive Management Liaisons provide consultation on use of best available science and adaptive management with respect to Delta Plan consistency. Guidance from the Delta Science Program follows from the Adaptive Management Framework outlined in the Delta Plan, Appendix C.


For a review on how adaptive management is used in the Delta, see this 2016 Delta Independent Science Board Report.


To get in touch with a Delta Science Program Adaptive Management Liaison, please contact Karen Kayfetz:





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)