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December 9, 2014 - 9:00 am to 4:30 pm - Save the Date - Meeting Nature Halfway on a Floodplain:  The Yolo Bypass as a Reconciled Ecosystem
Save the Date! Dec. 9, 2014 CABA Seminar: Meeting Nature Halfway on a Floodplain

The Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program, the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology & Aquaculture (CABA) and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences will present a seminar Dec. 9 at UC Davis entitled “Meeting Nature Halfway on a Floodplain - The Yolo Bypass as a Reconciled Ecosystem.” This free seminar is open to the public and will discuss how farming and floods might be reconciled with fish and fowl.

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Mapping Drought Impacts in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Foothills Using Remote Sensing
Nov. 24 Brown Bag: Mapping Drought Impacts Using Remote Sensing

Research scientist Mahesh Rao from Humboldt State University will describe recent research investigating the use of several remote sensing techniques to understand the effects of drought across the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada foothills. Remote sensing approaches to quantifying vegetation, land surface temperature, etc., increase our understanding of drought stress impacts on ecosystems.

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

The current edition of SFEWS is now available online. It examines the current role of food as a factor in Delta Smelt well-being, whether the spatial configuration of marsh surface cover is a useful, additional indicator of avian habitat quality for the Alameda Song Sparrow, and climate change is expected to progressively shift the freshwater environments of the San Francisco Bay Area to states that favor alien fishes over native species.

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Panel Report Posted on Interior Delta Flows and Related Stressors

The Delta Science Program has posted the report from an independent scientific review panel that it convened on interior Delta flows and related stressors. The report was prepared in support of the State Water Resources Control Board’s process of reviewing and updating its Bay-Delta Plan flow objectives to protect beneficial uses of water.

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New Lead Scientist Sought for Delta Science Program

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Delta Stewardship Council are seeking an internationally recognized aquatic or ecosystem scientist to become the Lead Scientist of the Council’s Delta Science Program, replacing Dr. Peter Goodwin, whose term is expiring. The Lead Scientist is the principal liaison between the Science Program, the Delta ISB and the Council.

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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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