Delta ISB - Member Affiliations and Disclosures

The purpose of disclosure is to alert public officials to personal interests that might be affected while they are performing their official duties, i.e., making governmental decisions. Disclosure also helps inform the public about potential conflicts of interest. If a public official has a conflict of interest, the official may be required to disqualify himself or herself from making or participating in a governmental decision, or using his or her official position to influence or attempt to influence a governmental decision.

 

February 24-25, 2014 Meeting

Collier: Disclosed that he finished his work on the biomarker report (see September 12-13, 2013 disclosure below).

September 12-13, 2013 Meeting 

Collier: Disclosed that he will be the Chair of an Interagency Ecological Program panel on the use of biomarkers and contaminant exposure in the Delta. He discussed the appointment with the Delta Stewardship Council attorney. The attorney determined that this activity does not constitute a conflict of interest.

November 29-30, 2012 Meeting

Lund: Disclosed that he is the Primary Investigator (PI) for a project funded by the Delta Science Program: Integrating Ecosystem, Flood Control, Agricultural, and Water Supply
Benefits: An Application to the Yolo Bypass. He also is the Director of the UC Davis Watershed Science Center which has some similarly funded projects; however, Lund is not the PI on any of these.


August 16-17, 2012 Meeting

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures

July 30, 2012 Teleconference

One Delta ISB member made a new disclosure:

Collier: Disclosed that he was appointed to the position of Science Director for the Puget Sound Partnership, but the appointment does not pose any conflict.

July 9-10, 2012 Meeting

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures

June 8, 2012 Teleconference

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures

May 17, 2012 Teleconference

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

May 3-4, 2012 Teleconference

The following disclosures were made:

Atwater, Mount, and Wiens: Disclosed that they are participating in a review of a draft monograph on the Delta’s historical ecology. They are not officially part of the group that’s working on the review, but are invited to attend and listen.

Atwater: Disclosed that the organization he works for, the U.S. Geological Survey, has a postdoctoral program that sponsors competitions on a variety of topics every year, including a topic on Delta geology. Atwater contributes to the competition, but is not officially an advisor.

March 8-9, 2012 Meeting

One Delta ISB member made a new disclosure:

Mount: Disclosed that he has started a small conservation planning company in partnership with Anthony Saracino. He plans to consult with an attorney to find out if this is a conflict of interest as an ISB member.
 

January 12-13, 2012 Meeting

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

December 1-2, 2011 Meeting

One Delta ISB member made a new disclosure: 

Collier: Disclosed that he was appointed to the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel, but the appointment does not pose any conflict.
 

October 20-21, 2011 Meeting

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

September 13, 2011 Teleconference

One Delta ISB member made a new disclosure:

Atwater: Disclosed that he had been asked to assist with subsurface mapping in the Delta for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) possibly associated with the identification of new water conveyance options. Atwater agreed only to allow access to his files as reference materials and provided referrals to other geologists who might be able to do the actual work.

September 1-2, 2011 Meeting

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

June 14, 2011 Teleconference

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

April 25, 2011 Teleconference

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

April 7-8, 2011 Meeting

One Delta ISB member made a new disclosure:

Mount: Serving as Acting Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis until the Director's return, January 1st, 2012.

March 16, 2011 Teleconference

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

March 3-4, 2011 Meeting

Two Delta ISB members made the following new disclosure:

Atwater & Wiens: Both members had the same potential conflict of interest which involved being listed as key advisors on a grant proposal being prepared by the San Francisco Estuary Institute in response to a grant solicitation made by the California Department of Fish and Game. Both will excuse themselves from the proposal if it is determined that a potential conflict exists.

Note: After the March 3-4 meeting, both Atwater and Wiens removed themselves as key advisors to prevent any conflicts of interest.

February 18, 2011 Teleconference

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

January 24, 2011 Teleconference

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

January 12-13, 2011 Meeting

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

December 9-10, 2010 Meeting

None of the Delta ISB members made any new disclosures.

September 30-October 1, 2010 Meeting

The following Delta ISB members made the following disclosures:

Atwater: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) carries out research on Delta geology, water, and biology that the Delta Independent Science Board may need to review. Atwater is a USGS employee who studied the Delta's tidal-wetland geology and vegetation 30-35 years ago. He has not participated in any Delta research since that time, aside from reviewing a few journal manuscripts.

Houde: Houde served on the Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) for the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) since the mid 1990s. He participated in reviews of ecological research on Bay-Delta fisheries and estuarine resources conducted or supported by California State and Federal agencies (the IEP). Dr. Houde has resigned from the IEP's SAG after accepting appointment to the Delta Stewardship Council's Independent Science Board (DISB) to avoid any potential conflict should the Delta ISB be requested to review or evaluate IEP science programs.

Meyer: Currently a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, American Rivers.

Mount: Member of the Board of Directors for American Rivers, with only fiduciary responsibilities and no programmatic authority; Founding Director of the Center for Watershed Science at the University of California at Davis, but has stepped down from that role; wife is Deputy Director for Water Rights at the State Water Resources Control Board; and daughter is an employee of the US Army Corps of Engineers and works in the Delta on risk reduction issues.

Resh: Resh is on an advisory board for a pulse flow study on the North Fork of the Feather River funded by Pacific Gas & Electric.

Wiens: Affiliated with Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) and works with others who work in the Delta, but has no known conflicts.

The following Delta ISB members had no activities or affiliations to disclose: Canuel, Collier, Healey, and Norgaard