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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 157 research projects totaling over $48 million. 23 ongoing science investigations are currently being funded.


Title First Name Last Name Topics Start date End date Fact Sheet / Report
Delta Science Fellowships Delta Science Fellows Program Climate Change, Fish, Food Webs, Habitat, Human Dimensions, Hydrology, Invasive Species, Modeling, Vegetation, Water Operations, Water Quality, Wetlands
Sediment accumulation Using stratigraphic and hydrologic data from the Yuba River system to develop reliable sediment transport predictions Noah Snyder Hydrology, Water Operations 06/12/2002 11/30/2014
chart Flow and Sediment Transport Thomas Dunn Fish, Habitat, Hydrology, Modeling 07/01/2002 06/30/2005
Yolo Bypass Ecological effects of contaminants in the Yolo Bypass Kathy Kuivila Habitat, Water Quality 01/01/2003 06/30/2006
Riparian tree A mechanistic model to evaluate and improve riparian restoration success John Stella Habitat, Modeling, Vegetation, Wetlands 04/01/2003 11/30/2005
River ecosystem The influence of aquatic vs. terrestrial production on soil invertebrate communities in a floodplain ecosystem Sandra Clinton Habitat, Vegetation, Water Quality, Wetlands 07/01/2003 06/30/2006
Salmon floodplain size An investigation of floodplain habitat for California’s native fish species Jeff Opperman Fish, Habitat, Hydrology, Wetlands 07/01/2003 06/30/2006
Food web Protistan microzooplankton in the Suisun Bay food web: Source or sink? Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens Food Webs, Water Quality 08/01/2003 07/31/2006
Marsh sampling Sediment supply and marsh development in the San Francisco Estuary Frances Malamud-Roam Climate Change, Habitat, Wetlands 09/01/2003 08/31/2006
Delta map Salinity Fluctuations During the Last 7000 Years in the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta Judith Drexler Climate Change, Hydrology, Water Quality 07/01/2004 12/31/2008


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)