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.
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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)