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Research Projects

The Delta Science Program funds scientific research through 3 main mechanisms. Proposal Solicitation Packages are competitive research awards. Directed Actions are awarded when the scientific research or advice is clearly defined and needed quickly. Delta Science Fellowships fund pre-doctoral students and post-graduate researchers to work with community and scientific mentors on Delta-related research. The Delta Science Program has funded 169 research projects totaling over $57 million, including over 30 ongoing science investigations.


Title First Name Last Name Topics Start date End date Fact Sheet / Report
Green sturgeon Improving Green Sturgeon Population and Migration Monitoring Ethan Mora Fish, Modeling 02/01/2020 01/31/2022
Delta wetland study site Integrated Science and Management of Nutrient, Salt, and Mercury Export from San Joaquin River Wetland Tributaries to the Delta Peggy O’Day Water Quality, Wetlands 06/30/2019 04/30/2022
Organic carbon and food resources graphic Changes in Organic Carbon and Food Resources in Response to Historical Events in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: A Synthesis Project Christina Pondell Water Quality, Wetlands 06/30/2019 04/30/2021
Delta smelt An Evaluation of Sublethal and Latent Pyrethroid Toxicity Across a Salinity Gradient in Two Delta Fish Species Susanne Brander Fish, Water Quality 06/30/2019 01/31/2021
Native Delta fish Synchrony of Native Fish Movements: Synthesis Science Towards Adaptive Water Management in the Central Valley Andrew Rypel Fish 06/30/2019 04/30/2022
Delta science lab Impact of Temperature and Contaminants on Chinook Salmon Survival: A Multi-Stressor Approach Joseph Dietrich Fish, Water Quality 06/30/2019 04/30/2021
Delta map Evaluating Juvenile Salmonid Behavioral Responses to Hydrodynamic Conditions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Michael MacWilliams Fish, Hydrology, Modeling 06/30/2019 04/30/2021
Delta scientists walking to study site Recreational Hunting as an Ecosystem Service of Restoration in the Bay-Delta Watershed Virginia Matzek Habitat, Human Dimensions, Wetlands 06/30/2019 12/31/2020
Central Valley Chinook salmon measurement An Improved Genomics Tool for Characterizing Life History Diversity and Promoting Resilience in Central Valley Chinook Salmon Mariah Meek Fish 06/30/2019 04/30/2021
Scientists in Rush Ranch Tidal Wetland Restoration in the Bay-Delta Region: Developing Tools to Measure Carbon Sequestration, Subsidence Reversal, and Climate Resilience 2021 Patty Oikawa Climate Change, Habitat, Modeling, Vegetation, Water Quality, Wetlands 06/01/2019 03/31/2022


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)