The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) has undertaken several initiatives to support an effective Delta science enterprise*:
The Science Enterprise Workshop held from November 1-2, 2016 in Davis, California, brought together scientists and science-policy experts from across the country to share information about how collaborative science is funded, managed, and communicated in several high-profile and complex ecosystems – the California Bay-Delta, Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Louisiana, Great Lakes, Greater Everglades Ecosystem, and Puget Sound. At the workshop, participants had the opportunity to hear from a wide range of experts highlighting how different regions have developed science management mechanisms to support managers who are working on improving the long-term health and viability of some of the nation’s high-profile ecosystems.
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- Workshop Recordings
- Advance Briefing Paper
- Proceedings Report
- Executive Summary
- Post-workshop Presentation to DPIIC
The Science Enterprise Workshop helped inform various Council initiatives, including the:
Recognizing the need for consistent and reliable science funding for best available science and building on discussions from the 2016 Science Enterprise Workshop, this initiative focused on understanding how science is funded, how to improve the tracking of science funding, how to increase funding for Delta science, and whether the current governance structure can efficiently meet current and future science needs. An implementation report and white paper were produced.
This annual reporting of Delta science and restoration expenditures, known as the Delta Crosscut Budget, implements a process for collecting data that encompasses all of the Delta and includes contributions from many DPIIC agencies.
Since 2018, the DPIIC has been working to examine science and restoration funding with the aim of achieving the following goals in the region:
- Improve efficiency: Implement common accounting and reporting protocols across funding agencies and coordinate critical review of science and restoration funding;
- Prioritize: Identify and prioritize key management questions for water resilience and science investments that guide the update of the multi-agency 2022-2026 Science Action Agenda; and
- Look forward: assess the evolving science and restoration needs in a rapidly changing environment.
These reports focus on improving efficiency; as we collect more years of data, the Delta Crosscut Budget Report will help decision-makers prioritize future science and restoration funding and help us look forward by identifying where there might be gaps in future funding needs.
Areas for improvement in the collection and presentation of the science and restoration data will be identified as we adaptively manage the collection and reporting of this information.
In the face of rapid environmental and climate change, the Science Needs Assessment looks beyond near-term efforts toward future science needs and opportunities in the Delta and Suisun Marsh. Developed by the DPIIC and the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB), the Science Needs Assessment was developed via a two-day virtual workshop which considered the physical, chemical, biological, and human processes, in addition to the infrastructure needed, to integrate and support efforts for developing a bolder Delta Science Strategy that maps out forward-looking science across the Delta science enterprise. Preceding the workshop were four virtual discussions.
Collectively, the discussion series and the workshop considered:
- What do we know now about future environmental change?
- What will future decision-makers need to know?
- What science needs to be done today for decisions tomorrow?
- What needs to be done to create a science enterprise that can support a changing Delta and Suisun Marsh?
Recordings and Resources
- Advance Briefing Paper
- Pre-workshop Discussion Series Recordings (summaries below)
- Seminar 1 Summary: What do we know about projected climate change impacts for the Delta? - April 28, 2020
- Seminar 2 Summary: What questions will that raise for management decisions? What do manager need to know? - June 3, 2020
- Seminar 3 Summary: What science needs to be done to give management answers? - July 28, 2020
- Seminar 4 Summary: What changes are needed for science governance, funding, and integration to do the needed science? - September 9, 2020
- Science Needs Assessment Workshop Recordings - October 5-6, 2020
- Journal Article: Preparing Scientists, Policy-Makers, and Managers for a Fast-Forward Future
- Recommendations Report (in development)
With support from the Delta Stewardship Council and the Delta Conservancy, the DPIIC has established a Restoration Subcommittee. The DPIIC Restoration Subcommittee envisions a Delta ecosystem that supports the mosaic of natural and human communities, is resilient to stressors, adapts to change, and is accessible for recreation.
The Restoration Subcommittee’s work is guided by its Workplan, adopted in August 2022.
The Subcommittee’s work is consistent with the amendment to Chapter 4 of the Delta Plan, which encourages the DPIIC to:
- Consider establishing an ecosystem restoration subcommittee;
- Develop strategies for acquisition and long-term ownership and management of lands necessary to achieve ecosystem restoration consistent with the guidance in Appendix Q2;
- Develop a funding strategy that identifies a portfolio of approaches to remove institutional barriers and fund Ecosystem Restoration Tier 1 or 2 actions within the Delta;
- Establish program-level endangered species permitting mechanisms that increase efficiency for Ecosystem Restoration Tier 1 or 2 actions within the Delta and compatible ecosystem restoration projects within the Delta watershed;
- Coordinate with the Delta Science Program to align State, federal, and local resources for scientific support of restoration efforts, including adaptive management, data tools, monitoring, synthesis, and communication; and
- Develop a landscape-scale strategy for recreational access to existing and future restoration sites, where appropriate and while maintaining ecological value.
The Subcommittee hosted the DPIIC's first Restoration Forum in February 2023, providing a space for Delta stakeholders to share their perspectives and learn about developments in ecosystem restoration efforts. Building off the first Forum, the second Restoration Forum will be held November 2, 2023, 4:30-7:30 PM, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet restoration project leads and learn about restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh, including recent and potential projects, funding programs, and opportunities for landowners to implement wildlife-friendly practices. This public event will be held in an open-house format at the Ryde Hotel in Walnut Grove, allowing participants to drop by, network, and share their perspectives.
If you are interested in presenting a poster or other materials about a project or program at the second Restoration Forum, complete this survey by October 19, 2023.
* Science enterprise: The broad collection of science programs and activities that exist to serve managers and stakeholders in a regional system. This includes agency science programs, academia, NGOs, and the private sector.
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