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Delta ISB Draft Report, Adaptive Management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: How is it Used and How Can it be Improved?

This report broadly examines how adaptive management is perceived and used in the Delta and considers how it could be applied more efficiently and effectively. The report identifies impediments to applying adaptive management in the Delta and offers recommendations that may provide a path to making adaptive management an integral part of management of the Delta and its resources.

This report partially fulfills the mandate of the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) in the Delta Reform Act of 2009 to “provide oversight of the scientific research, monitoring, and assessment programs that support adaptive management of the Delta through periodic reviews of each of those programs…." ” (§ 85280 (a)(3)).

The Delta ISB has chosen to interpret “programs” to be thematic areas rather than individual science programs of the many different agencies working the Delta.

Please click here for the draft report.

The Delta ISB is soliciting public comments on this draft report.


Submit comments to by Sept. 23, 2015. 

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)