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McCormack Williamson Tract and Operation Baseline Projects: Delta Science Program Informational Meeting


The Delta Science Program is pleased to present an informational meeting on two critical science initiatives in the Bay-Delta: Operation Baseline and the McCormack Williamson Tract Project. These studies explore how physical habitat features and changes to them affect the food web and ecological processes.


Thursday, February 7, 2019  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Park Tower – Second Floor Conference Room
980 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (MAP)


Meeting notice


This event is free and open to the public.



The McCormack Williamson Tract Project includes monitoring, modeling, and synthesis to evaluate links between physical habitat, food web dynamics, and the persistence of native fish.


Operation Baseline includes monitoring, modeling, and synthesis in six areas: 1) conceptual framework to identify potential effects and knowledge gaps; 2) stable isotopes analysis of archived samples; 3) physical dynamical modeling approach; 4) continuous phytoplankton taxonomy; 5) landscape scale rates of nutrient uptake and transformation; and 6) shallow wetland rates and links to the food web.

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)