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A Delta Stewardship Council Blog

Written monthly, this blog intends to foster discussion around important Bay-Delta questions. The first post was co-written by Executive Officer Jessica Pearson and Lead Scientist John Callaway after a discussion series hosted by the Council during its summer 2018 meetings that focused on using data to drive decision-making and science governance.

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Operation Baseline Science and Monitoring Needs

A memorandum by the San Francisco Estuary Institute summarizing the outcomes of the Delta Science Program's May 2018 workshop and related surveys on the science and monitoring needs related to the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District's Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade is now available.

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62 Applications Received for Delta Science Proposal Solicitation

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Delta Science Program, with support from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, received 62 applications for the Delta Science Proposal Solicitation. Common themes among the applications addressed monitoring, data management, and modeling, as well as interactions between stressors, managed species, and communities. Proposals were due by 4:00 PM PDT on October 26, 2018.

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Draft Delta Science Plan Update

Per the Delta Science Program's request, the draft updated Delta Science Plan is undergoing review by the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB). The draft updated Delta Science Plan, a framework to guide collaborative approaches to develop and communicate shared scientific knowledge that informs policy, management, and the public, resulting in effective action in the Delta.

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Science News

San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science
Volume 15, Issue 3 of the free SFEWS online journal discusses the various projects and programs underway to enhance and preserve the Delta as an estuary, as well as the aquatic and terrestrial life that call the region home. Included are discussions about a monitoring network that provides quantitative information on the status of imperiled species at key life stages and geographic locations over time; large scale restoration of habitats requiring significant changes in waterways and land uses but fail to account for human uses that can lead to less public support for the restoration efforts; and restoration activities that are underway to recover a rockweed that was injured during the Cosco Busan oil spill in November 2007.
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Grants Program

The Delta Science Program has funded 48 research grants totaling more than $27 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.

Delta Science Proposal Solicitation

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Delta Science Program, Delta Stewardship Council are pleased to present a draft Delta Science Proposal Solicitation Notice for public review and comment. The multi-agency solicitation will award up to $12 million focused on Delta scientific studies.

Delta Science Fellows Program

Delta Science Fellowship - In partnership with California Sea Grant, this program brings together junior scientists with Delta agency scientists and senior research mentors on research projects relevant to Delta policy and management. Applications for the 2019 Delta Science Fellowship program are due on August 31, 2018. The Delta Science Program is currently in the process of selecting a 2019 class of Delta Science Fellows. Awardees will be announced in early 2019.

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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)