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Delta Challenges Workshop
- Introductions - Delta Challenges Workshop
- Panel 1 - Delta Challenges Workshop: The Delta’s agricultural, land use, cultural, and recreational characteristics and their challenges
- Panel 2 - Delta Challenges Workshop: Water supply reliability and its challenges
- Panel 3A - Delta Challenges Workshop: Protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem and its challenges: Hydrodynamics, water quality, salinity, nutrients, & food web
- Panel 3B - Delta Challenges Workshop: Protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem and its challenges: Fish, birds & habitat
- Summary remarks from Author Panelists and public comment
On March 16, 2015 the Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Science Program hosted a workshop to summarize the risks and challenges facing the Bay-Delta system. These challenges include a multitude of stressors that threaten our ability to achieve the Delta Plan’s coequal goals. Numerous reviews, reports and articles describe the stressors and risks facing the contemporary Delta, but this information is spread across diverse publications, journal articles, and lengthy technical reports. The information has not yet been presented in a highly concise, readable way by an independent set of distinguished science experts.
The purpose of this effort was to have an independent panel comprising four former CALFED/Delta Science Program lead scientists summarize the risks and challenges facing the Bay-Delta system in a single concise report. The workshop included presentations and discussions on topics including water supply reliability, ecosystem health, water quality, risks to people and property, and economics, among others.
The panel will evaluate and synthesize this information in a written report to the Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program. This report will be a clear, concise, easy-to-understand document summarizing our current knowledge for use by policy-makers and the general public.
- Water Operations/Supply - John Leahigh
- Climate Change - Dan Cayan
- Water Conservation - Joe Grindstaff
- Hydrodynamics - Jon Burau
- Salinity and Diversions - Greg Gartrell
- Nutrients and Food Web - Jim Cloern
- Upper Food Web - Wim Kimmerer
- Contaminants - Val Conner
- Historical Ecology - Robin Grossinger and Letitia Grenier
- Delta Fish - Peter Moyle
- Birds and Terrestrial Ecology - Matt Reiter
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)