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)

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Science Program Workshop on Delta Interior Flows and Related Stressors

An independent panel will convene a workshop hosted by the DSC’s Science Program to identify the best available science to inform the State Water Board’s decisions regarding requirements for interior Delta flows that are included in the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan).


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Brown Bag: Rice in the Delta

A shift from current agricultural practices to the production of rice, an aquatic plant grown under flooded conditions, offers a possible option to help mitigate subsidence on farm-through-regional scales by decreasing peat oxidation rates. This presentation will discuss the integration of lab-scale studies and regional assessments to understand key factors associated with Delta rice production.

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Delta Science Program Workshop on Interim Science Action Agenda

Save the date and share in developing the Draft Interim Science Action Agenda called for in the Delta Science Plan.

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Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) to Meet April 17-18 in the Delta

The Delta ISB will take a bus tour of the south Delta on April 17. Speakers at each stop will discuss topics such as water quality, gates and barriers in the Delta, fish, and flows. In Stockton on April 18 the Delta ISB will discuss the tour, scientific research opportunities presented by the drought, its review of the BDCP Draft EIR/EIS and progress on the Fish and Flows program review.

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Report on Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Effects Analysis Review – Phase 3

The final report has been posted from the independent science panel convened by the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program for the third phase review of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Effects Analysis.

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Save the Dates! The Delta Carbon Cycle Brown Bag Series

The Delta Stewardship Council Science Program’s joint brown bag seminar series beginning on March 17 will explore aspects of the Delta carbon cycle to describe its role in ecosystem processes, current and future landscape planning and management, and the economy.

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The Science of Fish Eating Fish

Are introduced predatory fish a major obstacle to restoration of salmon runs? Or are the levels of predation seen just part of the normal attrition that occurs between egg and returning adult?

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Delta Science Fellows Program

2013 Delta Science Fellowships Awarded - The Delta Science Program in conjunction with California Sea Grant awarded Fellowships for 2013 to ten outstanding candidates – double the number that could have otherwise been awarded due to additional funding support from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Department of Water Resources.

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Grants Program

The Delta Science Program has funded more than 30 research grants totaling more than 15 million dollars. 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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