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May 24 Brown Bag – Science in Support of Everglades Restoration

Dr. Nicholas Aumen will discuss the U.S.G.S.’s Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystem Sciences (GEPES) program, an important source of basic restoration-related science that informs management and policy decisions. The history of the Southern Florida Everglades, once a vast free-flowing river of grass, has similarities to California’s Bay-Delta, itself once an extensive tidal wetland.  Flood control projects, involving the construction of hundreds of miles of canals and levees in the mid-20th Century, dramatically altered the Everglades landscape and ecosystem resulting in significant environmental damage.

 

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Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference - Nov. 15-17, 2016

The Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference is a forum for presenting technical analyses and results relevant to the Delta Science Program’s mission to provide the best possible, unbiased, science-based information for water and environmental decision-making in the Bay-Delta system. The goal is to provide new information and syntheses to the broad community of scientists, engineers, resource managers, and stakeholders working on Bay-Delta issues.

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2015 LOBO Annual Science Review Report Now Available

A report from the annual science review of the Long-term Operations Biological Opinions (LOBO) Review is available now on the Delta Stewardship Council website. The report synthesizes the findings of a panel of independent scientists who reviewed the implementation of actions required by the Endangered Species Act for salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon, and Delta smelt to operate the State and Federal Water Projects.

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Latest Issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (SFEWS) Released

The free latest issue of SFEWS is now available online. Volume 14, Issue 1 of the online journal examines the multi-purpose optimization for reconciliation ecology on the engineered Yolo Bypass floodplain, the economic and water supply effects of ending groundwater overdraft in the Central Valley, and more!

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Data Summit White Paper Released: Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information

The white paper, Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information, is now available. This paper is a synthesis of ideas explored during the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program June 2014 Data Summit. It is based on initiatives, current programs and the experiences of individuals from State and federal agencies, academia, private and non-governmental entities.

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Delta ISB Review of Flows and Fishes in the Delta Posted

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) has posted its review on how freshwater flows affect Delta fish populations. The report, “Flows and Fishes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” offers several recommendations on scientific strategies to benefit adaptive management.

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Report Posted on Management, Analysis, and Synthesis Team’s (MAST) Updated Conceptual Model of Delta Smelt Biology

An updated conceptual model of Delta smelt biology by the Interagency Ecological Program’s Management, Analysis, and Synthesis Team has been posted. This report updates previous conceptual models for Delta smelt to reflect new data and information since the release of the last synthesis report about the Pelagic Organism Decline by the Interagency Ecological Program for the San Francisco Estuary.

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Volume 14, Issue 1 of the free SFEWS online journal examines the multi-purpose optimization for reconciliation ecology on the engineered Yolo Bypass floodplain, the economic and water supply effects of ending groundwater overdraft in the Central Valley, and more!

Enhancing the Vision for Managing Californias Environmental Information

State of Bay-Delta Science 2008

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Delta Science Fellows Program

Delta Science Fellowships Awarded - The Delta Science Program in conjunction with California Sea Grant awarded Fellowships for 2016 to twelve outstanding candidates – the largest class of fellows ever awarded - with funding support from the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency.

Grants Program

The Delta Science Program has funded 40 research grants totaling more than $25 million. The Science Program considers funding scientific research to be a critical component in establishing unbiased and authoritative knowledge directly relevant to Bay-Delta actions. This knowledge will fundamentally advance the understanding of the complex environments and ecosystems within the Bay-Delta system to aid policy-makers, managers and other decision-makers.

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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)