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Delta ISB - Public Correspondence


September 2015

At the September 16, 2015 Delta ISB meeting, the Board discussed its review of the RDEIR/SDEIS for the BDCP/California WaterFix.  Subsequent to the meeting, a response letter (dated September 21, 2015) was received from Cassandra Enos-Nobriga,  Program Manager, Executive Program Office, Department of Water Resources and correspondence was exchanged between Board members and  Mr. Richard Denton, Richard Denton & Associates (on September 17, 2015).

 

The Delta ISB's draft report on adaptive management (version dated August 24, 2015), 'Adaptive Management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: How is it used and how can it be improved?' was distributed on August 26, 2015 for a public comment period ending on September 23, 2015. The comments received are below.

 

 

August 2015

August 13-14, 2015 Meeting

At the August 13 - 14, 2015 meeting, the Delta ISB discussed its review of the BDCP/California WaterFix RDEIR/SDEIS.  After the meeting, correspondence about the use of Best Available Science was received from Local Agencies of the North Delta (LAND).  The correspondence can be viewed here.

 

Delta ISB Water Quality Review Draft Proposal

Delta ISB Draft Review of Adaptive Management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (version dated August 6, 2015)

April 2015

 

March 2015

March 5, 2015 Meeting

At the March 5, 2015 meeting, the Delta ISB discussed a request received from Local Agencies of the North Delta (LAND) asking the ISB to consider review and synthesis of an ecological-public policy question about vegetation management on the water side of levees. The request and response can be viewed here.

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April 2014

April 17-18, 2014 Meeting

At the April 17-18 meeting, the Delta ISB continued discussion of its comment letter on the BDCP Draft EIR/EIS. Part of that dialogue included a discussion of DWR’s responses (letter from Laura King Moon dated April 9, 2014) to the draft comment letter on the BDCP Draft EIR/EIS that the ISB had prepared for its March 6, 2014 meeting.

 

February 2014

February 24-25, 2014 Meeting

At the February 24-25 meeting, the Delta ISB continued discussion of its comment letter on the BDCP Draft EIR/EIS. Part of that dialogue included a discussion of DWR’s responses to the draft comment letter on the BDCP Draft EIR/EIS that the ISB had prepared for the meeting.

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June 2013

June 19-20, 2013 Meeting

At the June 19-20 meeting, the Delta ISB discussed their Fish and Flows program review.

 

March 2013

March 27, 2013 Teleconference

At the March 27 teleconference, the Delta ISB finalized and approved the final draft of its comment letter on the December 2012 Substitute Environmental Document (SED) on San Joaquin River Flows

 

February 2013

February 14-15, 2013 Meeting

At its February 14-15 meeting, the Delta ISB distributed a draft of its review of habitat restoration programs in the Delta. Dan Ray, Chief Deputy Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council, wrote a comment letter about the review and sent it to Dick Norgaard, Chair of the Delta ISB, who then provided a response to Ray.

At their February meeting, Delta ISB members also discussed their draft memo regarding Chapter 7 of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. They accepted public comments on the memo through February 25.

  • From William D. Phillimore, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta. Comments on Delta ISB draft memo regarding Bay Delta Conservation Plan Chapter 7. To view the comments, click here.
  • From California Water Impact Network, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, and AquAlliance. Comments on Independent Science Board Draft Letter of 2/12/13 on BDCP Administrative Draft Chapter 7. To view the comments, click here.
  • From Director Mark Cowin, Department of Water Resources. Draft Review of BDCP Chapter 7. To view the comments, click here.

January 2013

At their January meeting, the Delta ISB asked Stuart Siegel, President and Principal Environmental Scientist, Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc., to send a copy of the 2011 fully executed Fishery Agency Strategy Team (FAST) Memorandum of Agreement to them.

  • From Stuart Siegel. Memorandum of Agreement Regarding the Early Implementation of Habitat Projects for the Central Valley Project and State Water Project Coordinated Operations and Bay Delta Conservation Plan, dated September 2011. To view the agreement, click here

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July 2012

At its June teleconference, the Board approved a memo to Jerry Meral, Deputy Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency, and Dale Hoffman-Floerke, Deputy Director, Delta and Statewide Water Management, California Department of Water Resources, titled "Initial Recommendations for Integrating BDCP Science and for Improving the Reviewability of Draft BDCP Documents." Dr. Meral sent the following response to the Delta ISB.

 

July 25, 2012 Meeting
From Jerry Meral. Response to "Initial Recommendations for Integrating BDCP Science and for Improving the Reviewability of Draft BDCP Documents." To view the letter, click here

On July 30, 2012, the Delta ISB met by teleconference to discuss plans for its upcoming reviews of science programs in the Delta. The following correspondence was sent to the Delta ISB for consideration at the teleconference.

 

July 27, 2012 Meeting
From Terry Spragg, developer of a waterbag transport system. Subject: Delta ISB information. To view the email message, click here.

 

July 30, 2012 Meeting
From Dr. Valerie Connor, State and Federal Contractors Water Agency. Subject: D Independent Science Board. To view the email message, click here.

 

June 2012

The following correspondence about habitat restoration in the Suisun Marsh was sent by email to the Delta ISB.

 

June 27, 2012 Meeting
From Jeff and Cara Cavanaugh, landowners in the Suisun Marsh area of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California. Subject: habitat restoration project in the Suisun Marsh. To view the email message, click here.

 

May 2012

On May 17, 2012, the Delta ISB met by teleconference to discuss their draft memo to the State Water Resources Control Board regarding the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan Update. The following correspondence was sent to the Delta ISB for consideration at the teleconference.

 

May 17, 2012 Meeting
From Dr. Valerie Connor, Science Program Manager, State and Federal Contractors Water Agency, Sacramento, California. Subject: Please forward to DISB before 5/17 conference call. To view Dr. Connor's letter, click here. To view the attachment to Dr. Connor's message, click here.

 

February 2012

In January 12-13, 2012, the Delta ISB engaged in a discussion with Les Grober from the State Water Resources Control Board. The following correspondence is a response to that discussion. To view Les Grober's presentation, click here.

 

February 24, 2012 Meeting
From Allen Short, San Joaquin Tributary Association, Modesto, California. Correspondence regarding the January 13, 2012 State Water Resources Control Board Presentation to the Independent Science Board.

 

January 2012

On December 1-2, 2011, the Delta ISB engaged in a discussion with elected officials, agency leaders and representatives from stakeholder organizations that use Delta science to make management decisions. The Delta ISB provided each participant a list of questions to address at the meeting. The following correspondence items are responses to those questions. To view the questions, please click here. For additional correspondence related to the meeting, see the listings under "December 2011."

 

January 6, 2012 Meeting
From John Greitzer, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development Water Agency, Martinez, California. Written comments in response to the questions provided to participants invited to speak at the December 1-2 meeting of the Delta Independent Science Board.

 

January 11, 2012 Meeting
From Anke Mueller-Solger, IEP Lead Scientist, Delta Stewardship Council, Sacramento, California. Written comments regarding the draft memo titled "An Initial Overview of Delta Science, the Delta Science Program, and the Roles of the Delta Independent Science Board," which was discussed at the January 12-13, 2012 Delta ISB meeting, plus an attachment titled "IEP Workshop Principles August 2011."

 

January 30, 2012 Meeting
From Michael Rozengurt, oceanographer and hydrologist. Written comments about former Vice-President Al Gore and climate change.

 

December 2011

On December 1-2, 2011, the Delta ISB engaged in a discussion with elected officials, agency leaders and representatives from stakeholder organizations that use Delta science to make management decisions. The Delta ISB provided each participant a list of questions to address at the meeting. The following correspondence items are responses to those questions. To view the questions, please click here.

 

December 1, 2011 Meeting

From: Stan Dean, on behalf of the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCD)

Written comments from SRCD in response to the questions provided to participants invited to speak at the December 1-2 meeting of the Delta Independent Science Board.

From: Leo Winternitz, on behalf of The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Written comments from TNC in response to the questions provided to participants invited to speak at the December 1-2 meeting of the Delta Independent Science Board.

December 5, 2011 Meeting

From: Christina Swanson, Ph.D., on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Written comments from NRDC in response to the questions provided to participants invited to speak at the December 1-2 meeting of the Delta Independent Science Board.


On October 20-21, 2011, the Delta ISB met and was provided with an informational overview of the scientific programs in the Delta for which they might have oversight. The following correspondence item is in relation to that meeting.

 

December 16, 2011 Meeting

From: Peter Buck, Sacramento County Program Manager, California Levee Vegetation Research Program

Email and attachments from Peter Buck in response to an email sent on behalf of Richard Norgaard, Chair of the Delta Independent Science Board thanking him for his participation in the October 20-21 Delta Independent Science Board (ISB) meeting. The attachments are work products of the California Levee Vegetation Research Program (CLVRP).

 

September 2011

September 13, 2011 Meeting

From: Greg Zlotnick, on behalf of the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency

Requested a letter written on behalf of the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency (SFCWA) be delivered to Dr. Richard Nogaard, Chair of the Delta Independent Science Board. This was SFCWA's comment letter on the "September 4, 2011 Draft Synthesis of Recommendations from the DISB on the Fifth Staff Draft Delta Plan."

February 2011

February 2, 2011 Meeting

From: Alison Whipple, Historical Ecology Program at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, Aquatic Science Center (SFEI-ASC)

Information was provided about SFEI-ASC's collaborative efforts with the Department of Fish and Game to map and describe historical habitats in the Delta before the arrival of Europeans. This information has potential application to restoration planning in the Delta.

January 2011

January 7, 2011 Meeting

From: Paul S. Weiland, Attorney at Law NOSSAMAN LLP

Requested that a letter and other materials provided, regarding the Delta Stressors Workshop held on Jan. 12-13, 2011, be distributed to the Delta ISB members.

January 12, 2011 Meeting

From: Joshua Israel, PhD/Fish Biologist, Applied Science Branch of U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Dr. Israel's email with attachments was in lieu of his attendance at the Delta Stressors Workshop held on Jan. 12-13, 2011.

January 19, 2011 Meeting

From: Ken Newman, Mathematical Statistician, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Comments for the Delta ISB members on the topic of stressors and the recent workshop held on Jan. 12-13, 2011.

November 2010

November 29, 2010 Meeting

From: Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD)

Provided memos from July 29, 2010 regarding nutrient loading, informational documents on direct losses of covered fish species, and additional informational documents on water quality to the Delta Science Program with the request that they be distributed to the Delta Independent Science Board members for informational purposes. The SRCSD also provided these documents to the National Research Council's Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta.

 

July 29, 2010 Memos on Nutrient Loading

 

Direct Losses of Covered Fish Species

 

Water Quality

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)