Federal Agencies' Detailed Response to the Panel's Report - March 9, 2011
Federal Agencies' Initial Response to the Panel's Report - Dec. 17, 2010
Independent Review Panel's Final Report - Dec. 9, 2010
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have each issued Biological Opinions on long-term operations of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) Operations Criteria and Plan (OCAP), (hereafter CVP/SWP; OCAP Opinions) that include Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) actions designed to alleviate jeopardy to listed species and adverse modification of critical habitat. NMFS' RPA requires the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) and NMFS to host a workshop no later than November 30 of each year to review the prior water year's operations and to determine whether any measures prescribed in the RPA should be altered in light of information learned from the prior years' operations or research (NMFS' OCAP Opinion, section 126.96.36.199, starting on page 583). Under direction from the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior this review has been expanded to include a review of the implementation of the USFWS OCAP Opinion.
The intent of the annual review is to inform NMFS and USFWS as to the efficacy of the prior year's water operations and regulatory actions prescribed by their respective RPAs, with the goal of developing lessons learned, incorporating new science, and making appropriate scientifically justified adjustments to the RPAs or their implementation to support 2011 real-time decision making.
Since the OCAP Opinions were issued, NMFS, USFWS and other agencies have been performing scientific research and monitoring in accordance with the implementation of the RPA implementing procedures. Technical teams and/or working groups, including the geographic divisions specified in the NMFS' OCAP Opinion, have summarized their data and results following implementation of the RPA Actions within technical reports. The data and summary of findings related to the implementation of the RPAs provide the context for scientific review regarding the effectiveness of the RPA Actions for minimizing the risk to ESA listed species and critical habitat related to the operations of the CVP/SWP.
At the request of NMFS, USBR and USFWS, the Delta Science Program has assembled an independent review panel consisting of national experts who will review OCAP technical team reports and documents prior to the meeting, participate in discussions with the proponents, provide an independent review of the effectiveness of the implementation of the OCAP RPA actions, and make scientific recommendations for improving effectiveness and measurements of effectiveness.
The review panel will provide balanced, considered, and constructive technical recommendations based on the review charge and information received during the review. This review will focus on the implementation of the OCAP RPAs for operations and fisheries for the time period of June 4, 2009 (date the NMFS' Opinion was issued) through the prior water year for the NMFS Opinion, and October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010 for the USFWS Opinion, and will review:
November 8, 2010, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
November 9, 2010, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Park Tower Conference Center
980 Ninth Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Day 1 (November 8, 2010)
8:00 - 8:10 8:10 - 8:30 8:30 - 8:50
8:50 - 9:10 9:10 - 9:40 9:40 - 10:10
10:10 - 10:20 Break
10:20 - 10:50 10:50 - 11:20 11:20 - 11:50
11:50 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:30 1:30 - 1:50 1:50 - 2:20 2:20 - 2:50
2:50 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:20 3:20 - 3:50 3:50 - 4:40 4:40 - 5:00
Day 2 (November 9, 2010)
8:30 - 9:00 9:00 - 9:20 9:20 - 9:40 9:40 - 10:00 10:00 - 10:20 10:20 - 10:50
10:50 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:45 11:45 - 12:00
12:00 - 2:30 Panel to deliberate over lunch
2:30 - 3:30 3:30 - 4:30 4:30 - 4:45 4:45 - 5:00