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2012 Bay-Delta Science Conference October 16-18
The 7th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference was held October 16-18, 2012 at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814.
This year's theme was “Ecosystem Reconciliation: Realities Facing the San Francisco Estuary.”
The theme refers to the growing realization that the ecosystem of the San Francisco Estuary is vastly changed and is continuing to change as the result of human actions. For it to function in desirable ways, we have to reconcile human use with maintaining desirable natural elements such as native species. And because the new ecosystem is increasingly unlike any previously experienced, we need to develop new ways of reconciling these potentially conflicting goals. Confirmed plenary speakers for the 2012 conference include Peter Goodwin, Delta Science Program; Ellen Hanak, PPIC; Marcia McNutt, USGS; and Charles J. Vörösmarty, CUNY Environmental Crossroads Initiative.
The conference program featured oral and poster presentations.
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)