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Delta Science Program Workshop on Interior Delta Flows and Related Stressors

Panel Report: Workshop on the Interior Delta Flows And Related Stressors - Panel Summary Report, July 2014

Transmittal Letter from the Delta Science Program, to Mr. Les Grober, State Water Resources Control Board, August 6, 2014

Workshop Dates: April 16 and 17, 2014

Meeting Notice

Charge to the Independent Workshop Panel

Workshop Agenda


Additional Materials and Comments


About the Workshop

As part of the Delta Plan's charge to identify and use best available science, the Delta Science Program is conducting this workshop to help the State Water Board with its review of the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan). The State Water Board is in the process of conducting a phased review and update of the 2006 Bay-Delta Plan which identifies beneficial uses of water, water quality objectives for the reasonable protection of those beneficial uses, and a program of implementation for achieving the water quality objectives. Phase 1 of that review is focused on southern Delta water quality and San Joaquin River flows. Phase 2 (Comprehensive Review) is focused on other changes that may be needed in the remainder of the Bay-Delta Plan to protect fish and wildlife beneficial uses.

Workshop Purpose

The purpose of this workshop is to identify the best available science to inform the State Water Board’s decisions. An independent panel of science experts will be provided the necessary scientific publications, reports, and presentations to assess the state of scientific knowledge pertaining to the effects of interior Delta flows on Bay-Delta fish species of concern and ecosystem health, the likely responses of the ecosystem to a range of interior Delta flows, functional flows for the protection of fish and wildlife beneficial uses, and interactions of non-flow factors with interior Delta flow objectives.

Workshop Products

The Expert Panel will evaluate and synthesize this information in a written report to the Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program and State Water Board.

Expert Panel Members (Select Individual Names to View Bios & Resumes)
Mary Fabrizio Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Michael Healey University of British Columbia
John Nestler US Army Corps of Engineers, retired
Kenneth Rose Louisiana State University
John Van Sickle USEPA, retired
Steve Monismith (Chair) Stanford University

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)