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September 10-12, 2018 - Sacramento Convention Center
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 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.
The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) has finished its review of the scientific basis for assessing water quality in the Delta. This review focuses on contaminants and nutrients in the Delta, and on how findings about them have been sometimes used and sometimes neglected in decisions related to ecosystem health. With the completion of this review, the Delta ISB is committed to undertake an active outreach effort to engage the community about the findings and recommendations from this review.
On August 10, 2018, the Delta ISB will discuss the draft prospectus for its ecosystems review, and the status of other reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)