Bay-Delta Science Conference Will Showcase Latest on Delta Issues

The latest scientific information essential for making management and policy decisions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the San Francisco Estuary will be shared at the 7th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference October 16-18, 2012 at the Sacramento Convention Center. More than 1,000 scientists, managers and policymakers will attend to present and hear the latest results of research and management actions.

The conference theme, “Ecosystem Reconciliation: Realities Facing the San Francisco Estuary,” refers to the growing realization that the ecosystem of the San Francisco Estuary is vastly changed from even a few years ago and is continuing to change as the result of human actions. “For [the ecosystem] to function in desirable ways, we have to reconcile human use with maintaining desirable natural elements such as native species,” the conference organizers explain. “And because the new ecosystem is increasingly unlike any previously experienced, we need to develop new ways of reconciling these potentially conflicting goals.”

The conference begins with a plenary session at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16. The session will feature a presentation by Lead Scientist Peter Goodwin, who will provide context for the Town Hall meeting in his discussion of the changing face of science and the subsequent emerging opportunities for the Bay-Delta science community. Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will speak on “Present and Future Challenges for Estuaries: Towards Solutions”-looking at the insights we might learn by comparing environmental challenges in the Bay-Delta to other ecosystems that the USGS studies.

Ellen Hanak, Senior Policy Fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California, will speak on “Money, Water, and Fish: Economics of Reconciliation” where the focus is shifted from piecemeal governmental regulation to a holistic approach of improving overall ecosystem function. Charles Vörösmarty, Director, Environmental Crossroads Initiative, City College of New York, will discuss the commonalities among the world’s river deltas as well as the threats each faces.

This year’s conference is co-chaired by Brian Pellerin from the U.S. Geological Survey and Dr. Peter Moyle of U.C. Davis.

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