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Independent Review of the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan Effects Analysis, Phase 3 - Chapter 5: Effects Analysis and Associated Technical Appendices

Transmittal Letter from Dr. Peter Goodwin to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources (March 17, 2014)

Delta Science Program Independent Review Panel Report: BDCP Effects Analysis Review, Phase 3 (March 2014)

Response to the Panel's Report from John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources (April 1, 2014)

Meeting Video from the January 28-29, 2014 Independent Science Review Panel Meeting

Meeting Notice - Phase 3 Review (January 28-29, 2014)

Meeting Notice - Informational Briefing (December 18, 2013)

Review Materials, Supporting Information and Presentations


At the request of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) participants, the Delta Science Program has convened an Independent Science Review Panel (Panel) to assess the scientific soundness of the BDCP Effects Analysis. The Effects Analysis, a critical component of the BDCP, is intended to provide the best scientific assessment of the likely effects of BDCP actions on the species of concern and the ecological process of the Bay-Delta system. This review is being conducted in multiple phases. The Panel initially convened for an initial (Phase 1) Review on the Draft BDCP Effects Analysis' Conceptual Foundation and Analytical Framework and the Entrainment Appendix as an example of the application of the conceptual understanding, methods and analyses discussed in the Conceptual Foundation and Analytical Framework. In the most recent drafts of the BDCP Effects Analysis, the Foundation and Framework (originally Appendix A) concepts have been incorporated into Chapter 5: Effects Analysis. During Phase 2 of the review, the Panel reviewed the BDCP Chapter 5: Effects Analysis and many of the associated technical appendices. Appendices 5.E: Habitat Restoration and 5.G: Fish Life Cycle Models were not reviewed during the Phase 2 review. The BDCP Chapter 5: Effects Analysis and all of its associated technical appendices will be reviewed during the Phase 3 review.
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Charge to the Independent Review Panel

The charge to the panel provides the purpose, background, initial list of documents, and specific questions for the panel to start the review process. It provides the direction and context for the review.

Charge to the Panel (Phase 3)

Review Panel Members

Panel Member Bios

  • Alex Parker, Ph. D., California Maritime Academy, California State University (Panel Chair)
  • Charles "Si" Simenstad, Research Professor, University of Washington (Lead Author)
  • T. Luke George, Ph.D., Colorado State University
  • Nancy Monsen, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Tom Parker, Ph.D., California State University San Francisco
  • Greg Ruggerone, Ph.D., Natural Resources Consulting, Inc.
  • John Skalski, Ph.D., University of Washington

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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)