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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.

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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.

Big Break Regional Shoreline Map
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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Operation Baseline

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) is currently constructing new treatment facilities at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. These upgrades will dramatically alter nitrogen levels and forms in the Sacramento River. To understand how this will effect the Delta ecosystem, a baseline needs to be established. Operation Baseline is a set of studies funded by the Delta Stewardship Council to fulfill this need.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) Teleconference on June 1 in Sacramento

On June 1, 2018, the Delta ISB will discuss its review of the synthesis papers developed as part of the Delta Stewardship Council’s process to amend the ecosystem chapter of the Delta Plan. The Delta ISB may take action by considering approval of the review’s content. In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss the status of other current reviews.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet May 3 in Sacramento

On May 3, 2018, the Delta ISB will consider approving the content of its water quality review on nutrients and chemical contaminants. In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss its review on the synthesis papers of the Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment, and may take action by considering approval of the content of the review.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) Teleconference on Apr 3 in Sacramento

On April 3, 2018, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet to discuss the process for reviewing the synthesis papers for the Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment, whether the revised prospectus for the water supply reliability review adequately addresses public comments, and the status of other reviews.

2018 Delta Science Plan Public Workshop Image
2018 Delta Science Plan Public Workshop

The Delta Science Program is leading the five-year review and update of the Delta Science Plan and requests input from the public and Delta science community regarding updates to the content of the document. Join us as we discuss the direction of the updated Science Plan and how you can contribute to its implementation.

Delta Independent Science Board Meeting
Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet Mar. 9 in Folsom

On March 9, 2018, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet to discuss the status of addressing public comments on its draft water quality review, public comments received on its water supply reliability review draft prospectus, and the status of upcoming requests for review from the Delta Stewardship Council and the Delta Science Program.

2017 LOBO Biennial Science Review Report Now Available

The 2017 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions (LOBO) Science Review report synthesizing the findings of the independent review panel is now available online. An independent science panel 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.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet Feb. 2 in Sacramento

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet to discuss the status of current reviews, and will address written public comments received on the draft prospectus for the review on the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) and the draft review on water quality science. In addition, the Delta ISB will finalize its summary sheet for its final review on the Delta as an Evolving Place.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet Dec. 11 in Sacramento

On Dec. 11, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet to discuss the water quality thematic review and to receive public feedback on its latest draft for this review. In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss the status of the summary sheets for various completed Delta ISB reviews, the status of the programmatic review on the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP), and the status of other thematic reviews on monitoring, water supply reliability, and ecosystems.

2017 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Science Review

An independent science panel will conduct a science review of the implementation of actions required by the Endangered Species Act related to salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon, and Delta smelt for operations of the State/Federal Water Projects.

How the Delta is Monitored: A Series of Three Brown Bag Seminars

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will undertake a broad review of monitoring efforts in the Delta. This Monitoring Enterprise Review will investigate numerous programs across the natural, biological, and social sciences. This Brown Bag series is intended to cover the state of monitoring in the Delta as seen from a wide range of perspectives. Extended discussions with the Delta ISB, invited guests, and attendees will follow each seminar for 60 to 90 minutes. Each seminar will be webcast.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet Nov. 17 in Sacramento

On Nov. 17, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will review the latest public discussion draft of the water quality thematic review and will decide whether to release this version for a 30-day comment period. The Delta ISB will also discuss the status of developing one-page summary sheets for its review, and the status of current reviews on the Delta Monitoring Enterprise, the Interagency Ecological Program, ecosystems, and water supply reliability. At 1:00 p.m. the Delta ISB will listen to a brown bag seminar by Dr. Stacy Sherman of the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife to help inform the Delta ISB’s review on the Delta Monitoring Enterprise.

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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)