Delta Independent Science Board Selects New Chair

Tracy Collier began his tenure as the new Chair of the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) June 1. In February, Delta ISB members voted Collier in as the Chair and Jay Lund as Chair-Elect. Outgoing Chair Dick Norgaard is now the Past-Chair.

“I’m pleased to have the confidence of the ISB members that I’ve worked with for the past two-and-a-half years, yet also a wee bit daunted by the tasks set before the ISB in the near future,” Collier said. “But with Jay as the chair-elect, and Dick as the past-chair, and the super scientists that make up the rest of the Board, I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish.”

The Chair acts as a spokesperson for the Delta ISB, presides over Delta ISB meetings, transmits formal communications to the Delta Stewardship Council and other entities, assigns Delta ISB members as leads for specific tasks or to serve on subcommittees, and coordinates with the Lead Scientist and Delta Science Program staff to prepare agendas and summaries for Delta ISB meetings.

“We have all greatly appreciated the dedication of Dr. Norgaard as the inaugural chair of the ISB and look forward to his continued contributions,” said Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program Lead Scientist Dr. Peter Goodwin. “We are delighted that Dr. Collier has agreed to lead the ISB for a two-year rotating term. His outstanding reputation in ecotoxicology and more than 30 years of experience in helping translate scientific results into management actions for protecting and enhancing the environment will continue the strong legacy of Dr. Norgaard. Dr. Collier’s dry sense of humor and inimitable one-liners will ensure ISB meetings will continue to be lively!”

Some upcoming tasks for the Board are its review of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and a review of the Delta Science Program’s Delta Science Plan. “I think the entire Board is glad to be finally weighing in on BDCP,” Collier added. “It’s been looming over us for a long time. Personally I’m also really anticipating working with the Council and the Delta Science Program to finalize an overarching Delta Science Plan and see how it can be implemented. Exciting times!”

Collier and Lund will both serve for two years in their new positions.