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Independent Review - Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan Effects Analysis - Phase 2 - 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 (June 8, 2012)

Review Panel Report: Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Effects Analysis Phase 2 Partial Review (June 8, 2012)

Initial Response to the Panel's Report from Dr. Gerald Meral of the California Natural Resources Agency and David Nawi of the U.S. Department of the Interior (June 13, 2012)


Meeting Notice – Phase 2 Review (April 30 – May 1, 2012)

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 components. This review is being conducted in multiple phases. The Panel initially convened for a 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 will review BDCP Chapter 5: Effects Analysis and many of the associated technical appendices to assess their scientific soundness. Appendices 5.E: Habitat Restoration and 5.G: Fish Life Cycle Models will not be reviewed at this time.

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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.

Review Panel Members
Panel Member Bios

  • Alex Parker, Ph. D., Romberg Tiburon Center, California State University San Francisco (Panel Chair)
  • Charles "Si" Simenstad, Research Professor, University of Washington (Lead Author)
  • T. Luke George, Ph.D., California State University Humboldt
  • 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)