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Council Approves Delta Science Fellows Program Funding

December 2011

At its November meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council voted 5-0 to continue funding the Delta Science Fellows Program.

The program, which began in 2003, has funded 51 collaborative data analysis projects in an attempt to advance the scientific understanding of the complexities of the Bay-Delta ecosystem. Research that has emerged from the program is often used to help inform policy and future research and commonly published in peer-reviewed journals.

“[The Science Program] considers the Fellows Program to be one of our big successes,” said Deputy Executive Officer for Science Dr. Lauren Hastings. “We get a lot of bang for the buck [from the Fellows] because we are funding excellent students at the start of their careers that work very hard and give us really good products.“

The Delta Science Fellows Program (a continuation of the CALFED Science Fellows Program) is unique in that it pairs graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with Bay-Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors.

“This is something we have planned and budgeted for,” Council Executive Officer Joe Grindstaff said.

The funding for the Fellows Program will come from monies set aside from California Proposition 50 in 2002.

To learn more about the Delta Science Fellows Program, click here.

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)