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Fall Low Salinity Habitat (FLaSH) Studies and Adaptive Management Plan Review

Review Panel Summary Report

Meeting Notice and Agenda   July 31 - August 1


Review Materials and Supporting Information


The FLaSH study plan contained in the 2011 Fall Outflow Adaptive Management Plan was implemented in 2011, the first wet year after the BiOp was issued. Because of the very wet conditions, fall outflow in September and October 2011 averaged 75 km and thus came very close to the BiOp prescription of 74 km. This ambitious, integrated set of studies was initiated to provide better information regarding the nature and mode of action of changes in the position of Fall Low Salinity Habitat and subsequent effects on delta smelt health and abundance. Results from the 2011 FLaSH study are described in the draft 2012 FLaSH study report. Reclamation has also updated the AMP and a draft 2012 AMP is also being reviewed.

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:

  • Denise Reed, Ph.D (Chair)
    Professor in Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences University of New Orleans
  • Ernst B. Peebles, Ph.D
    Associate Professor
    College of Marine Science, University of South Florida
  • Hans W. Paerl, Ph.D
    Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences
    UNC-Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Eric B. (Rick) Taylor, Ph.D
    Professor, Department of Zoology and Beaty Biodiversity Centre and Museum
    University of British Columbia
  • William V. Sobczak, Ph.D
    Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Studies
    College of the Holy Cross
  • Arturo Leon
    Assistant Professor
    School of Civil and Construction Engineering Oregon State University


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)