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March 15 Brown Bag Seminar - Getting to the Bottom of It: An Overview of the Environmental Monitoring Program’s Benthic Monitoring in the Delta

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Park Tower Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
980 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814


Dr. Betsy Wells, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Water Resources


Creating a better understanding of bottom-dwelling, or benthic, invertebrate communities enhances our knowledge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. These communities are a crucial link in the Delta’s food web and are a classic bio-indicator of aquatic ecosystem health.


In this seminar, Dr. Betsy Wells will offer some perspective of the benthic monitoring program and discuss the bottom-dwelling communities’ geographic, seasonal, and historical patterns. She will explain how the creatures at the bottom of the Delta, everything from clams to worms to amphipods, make up an amazingly diverse community that tells an ecological history of the Delta.


To view the informational flyer, please click here.


Click below to view the video from the seminar.


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)