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Delta ISB DRAFT Water Quality Review Proposal

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) is soliciting public comments by Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 on a DRAFT proposal for its review of water quality related to contaminants, nutrients, and pathogens in the Delta.

The Delta ISB review of water quality will focus on an evaluation of the scientific basis for assessing water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and how this information is being used in decision-making, especially in support of adaptive management. The three priority areas are chemical contaminants, nutrients and pathogens. The review proposes to:

  • Assess the water quality parameters that are currently being monitored, and what additional parameters may be necessary.

  • Examine how water quality data are being used in management decisions, including the technical basis of the data being generated, the utility of different types of data, and whether the data are sufficient to support management decisions.

Click here for the draft proposal.

 

Please submit comments by Aug. 12, 2015 to: kelly.souza@deltacouncil.ca.gov

 

Background information

The Delta Reform Act of 2009 charges the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) with providing "oversight of the scientific research, monitoring, and assessment programs that support adaptive management of the Delta through periodic reviews of each of those programs" such that "all Delta scientific research, monitoring, and assessment programs are reviewed at least once every four years” (§ 85280 (a)(3)). The Delta ISB has chosen to interpret “programs” to be thematic areas rather than individual science programs of the many different agencies working the Delta.

The purpose of the Delta ISB is to review the application of science and the effectiveness of science practices throughout the Delta in accordance with the Delta Reform Act of 2009. The overall objective of Delta ISB oversight is to help make the science underlying Bay-Delta programs, the application of that science, and the technical aspects of those programs the best that they can be. Two requirements set forth in the Act include:

 

 

 

 

  1. “The Delta Independent Science Board shall provide oversight of the scientific research, monitoring, and assessment programs that support adaptive management of the Delta through periodic reviews of each of those programs that shall be scheduled to ensure that all Delta scientific research, monitoring, and assessment programs are reviewed at least once every four years.” (WC 85280(a)(3))
  2. “The Delta Independent Science Board shall submit to the council a report on the results of each review, including recommendations for any changes in the programs reviewed by the board.” (WC 85280(a)(4))

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)