Science in Action
The mission of the Delta Science Program shall be to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information to inform water and environmental decision making in the Delta. That mission shall be carried out through funding research, synthesizing and communicating scientific information to policymakers and decision makers, promoting independent scientific peer review, and coordinating with Delta agencies to promote science-based adaptive management. The Delta Science Program shall assist with development and periodic updates of the Delta Plan's adaptive management program. California Water Code Section 85280(b)(4)
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The white paper, Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information, is now available. The paper is a preliminary synthesis of ideas explored during the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program June 2014 Data Summit.
This edition examines water availability and subsidence in the Central Valley, "the rest of the story" on groundwater recharge, a discussion on the challenges facing the Delta - and more!
The Delta ISB will meet October 14-16 in the Delta to hear from local authors, the Delta Protection Commission and modeling experts and tour various locales.
The Delta ISB's review of Flows and Fishes in the Delta has been posted. Click here to read the review.
Delta Plan in Action
Unanimously adopted by the Delta Stewardship Council on May 16, 2013, the Delta Plan is now being implemented with the support of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, which includes the heads of more than a dozen State and federal agencies. The Plan is a comprehensive, long-term management plan for the Delta designed per the Delta Reform Act to further the state’s coequal goals for the Delta.
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Included: A demonstration of the draft decision-support tool. To view the meeting notice, please click here.
Delta Levees Investment Strategy
Delta Plan in Action
The Delta Reform Act called on the Delta Stewardship Council to lead a multi-agency effort to update priorities for state investments in the Delta levee system to reduce the likelihood and consequences of levee failures. In response, the Council has launched the Delta Levees Investment Strategy that will combine economics, engineering, and decision-making techniques to identify funding priorities and assemble a comprehensive investment strategy for the Delta levees.
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To view this independent science review report, please click here.
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)