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Informational Meeting: Operation Baseline
To understand what effects these changes may have on the Delta ecosystem, a baseline needs to be established. Operation Baseline is a set of innovative pilot studies funded by the Delta Stewardship Council to fulfil this need. The studies will assess the current state of nutrients, aquatic vegetation, and the food web in areas that may be affected by the changes in nutrient loading. These studies lay the groundwork to enable comparisons between present and future conditions.
The purpose of this meeting is to inform interested members of the public about the Operation Baseline pilot studies. Project investigators will share their research goals and study plans. This informational meeting will include a public comment period to allow for information exchange and discussion. For more information about Operation Baseline, click here.
Presentations from the meeting
- Project overview: Pilot studies in anticipation of Regional San’s wastewater treatment plant upgrade – Tamara Kraus
- Conceptual framework to identify potential effects of reducing point-source nitrogen inputs into the Delta – Dave Senn (SFEI-ASC)
- Measuring nutrient concentrations and transformation rates at the landscape scale – Brian Bergamaschi (USGS)
- Measuring residence times and nitrogen transformation rates using high frequency mapping – Bryan Downing (USGS)
- A physical dynamical approach to monitoring nutrient dynamics – Jon Burau (USGS)
- Links to the food web: Phytoplankton – Alex Parker (CSUM)
- Links to the food web: Zooplankton – Wim Kimmerer (SFSU)
- Using stable isotopes to trace nutrient sources, transformations and fate – Carol Kendall and Megan Young (USGS)
- Continuous phytoplankton taxonomy – Bryan Downing (USGS)
This event is free and open to the public.
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)