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Science Review of Collaborative Adaptive Management Team (CAMT) Proposed Investigations on Understanding Population Effects and Factors that Affect Entrainment of Delta Smelt at State Water Project and Central Valley Project

Transmittal Letter from Dr. Peter Goodwin to the Collaborative Adaptive Management Team (CAMT)

Independent Review Panel (IRP) Report of the Proposed Investigations on Understanding the Population Effects and Factors that Affect Entrainment of Delta Smelt at State Water Project and Central Valley Project (December 19, 2014)

Meeting Notice - November 14, 2014

Review Material and Supplemental Documents

Background:

The Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program (CSAMP) was launched following a decision made on April 9, 2013 by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (Court) to extend a court-ordered remand schedule for completing revisions to the salmon (NMFS 2009) and Delta Smelt (FWS 2008) Biological Opinions (BiOps).

Following the issuance of the Court Order, a two-tiered organizational structure was established to implement CSAMP comprised of: (1) a Policy Group made up of agency directors and top-level executives from the entities involved in the litigation, and (2) the Collaborative Adaptive Management Team (CAMT) including designated managers and scientists representing state and federal agencies, water contractors and non-governmental organizations to serve as a working group functioning under the direction of the Policy Group.

The CAMT was established to work with a sense of urgency and to develop a robust science and adaptive management program to inform both the implementation of the current BiOps and the development of revised BiOps. It was formed shortly after the April 2013 court order and was charged with preparing a workplan for the Court that identifies topic areas where significant disagreement exists between parties and describes how the topics will be addressed through a collaborative science process. The CAMT prepared a workplan and submitted it to the Court in February, 2014. The Court accepted the workplan and directed CAMT to conduct its work as described in the workplan with periodic reporting.

To assist with implementing the workplan elements, the CAMT formed two scoping teams comprised of scientists from representative organizations to develop a methodology and science process for addressing the disagreements identified in the CAMT process. One scoping team is covering Delta Smelt workplan elements (Table 3-1 Fall Outflow and Table 3-2 Old and Middle River (OMR)/Entrainment) and the other is covering south Delta salmonid workplan elements (Table 3-3 South Delta salmonid survival).

The Delta Smelt Scoping Team (DSST) develops scoping outlines for directed research and calls on teams of experts (Investigator Teams) to develop and submit a research proposal and to conduct the research. The proposed Investigations on Understanding Population Effects and Factors that Affect Entrainment of Delta Smelt at State Water Project and Central Valley Project will 1) use new tools to determine factors affecting entrainment of Delta Smelt under variable hydrodynamic conditions and long-term population consequences of entrainment; 2) determine model sensitivity of multi-stage life cycle models; and 3) determine the best method to calculate proportional losses of adult Delta Smelt.

Investigations on Understanding Population Effects and Factors that Affect Entrainment of Delta Smelt at State Water Project and Central Valley Project Overview Page

Charge to the Independent Review Panel:

The charge to the panel provides the background and purpose, material to be reviewed and specific questions for the panel to start the review process. It provides the direction, context and timeline for the review.

Review Panel Members:

Panel Member Bios

  • Don L. Stevens, Ph.D., (Panel Chair), Oregon State University (Retired)
  • James J. Anderson, Ph.D., (Lead Author), University of Washington
  • James H. Cowan, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
  • Nancy E. Monsen, Ph.D., Stanford University (Visiting scholar, independent engineering consultant)
  • Scott Wright, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey

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)