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)

Independent Review of the Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan Effects Analysis – Phase 1: Conceptual Foundation and Analytical Framework and Technical Appendices


Transmittal Letter from Dr. Cliff Dahm to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources (December 1, 2011)

Review Panel Summary Report: Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Effects Analysis Conceptual Foundation and Analytical Framework and Entrainment Appendix (November 28, 2011)

ICF International's response to the Panel's Nov 2011 recommendations (March 21, 2012)


Meeting Notice – First Phase Review (October 25-26, 2011)

Review Materials, Supporting Information and Presentations

At the request of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) participants, the Delta Science Program has convened an Independent Science Review Panel (Panel) to assess the scientific soundness of the BDCP Effects Analysis components. The review is being conducted in multiple phases. The Panel is convening to review the Draft BDCP Effects Analysis' technical appendix on the Conceptual Foundation and Analytical Framework (Foundation and Framework) to ensure it is of sufficient robustness and scientific soundness to serve its intended purposes. The Panel is also reviewing the Entrainment Appendix as an example of the application of the conceptual understanding, methods and analyses discussed in the Foundation and Framework. Following this initial review of the Foundation and Framework the Panel will reconvene to review the Draft BDCP Chapter 5: Effects Analysis and many of the associated technical appendices.

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Charge to the Independent Review Panel:
The charge to the panel provides the purpose, background, initial list of documents, and specific questions for the panel to start the review process. It provides the direction, context, and timelines for the review.

Review Panel Members: 
Panel Member Bios

  • T. Luke George, Ph.D., California State University Humboldt
  • Nancy Monsen, Ph.D., Stanford University 
  • Alex Parker, Ph. D., Romberg Tiburon Center, California State University San Francisco
  • Tom Parker, Ph.D., California State University San Francisco
  • Greg Ruggerone, Ph.D., Natural Resources Consulting, Inc.
  • Charles "Si" Simenstad, Research Professor, University of Washington
  • John Skalski, Ph.D., University of Washington

Click here to view the overview page for the BDCP Effects Analysis Review

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