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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Delta Independent Science Board to Meet August 1

On August 1, 2014, the Delta Independent Science Board (ISB) will discuss ecological flows tools for the Delta and the Sacramento River, research at the Fish Conservation and Culture Lab (a UC Davis facility located near Byron, California), and its reviews of science programs in the Delta. Members will also discuss the Charge to the Science Steering Committee.

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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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Brown Bag: Delta Landscape Metrics: Creating a Spatial Framework to Inform Restoration Planning

Historical data will be presented from the Delta Historical Ecology Study that provides information about how the Delta system functions in response to physical processes and the conditions to which native species are adapted. The talk will discuss how an interpretation of historical Delta landscapes to define the physical environment and ecosystem functions can inform current restoration efforts.

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

The current edition of SFEWS is now available. It includes essays on the California drought, as well as research on impounded marshes on subsided islands in the Delta, the distribution and invasion of sea lavender in San Francisco Estuary salt marshes, and using the San Joaquin River restoration as a case study to discuss the challenges of Chinook salmon restoration in a newly reopened habitat.

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Panel Report Posted on Delta Outflows and Related Stressors

An independent scientific review panel convened by the Council’s Delta Science Program has posted its report on Delta outflows 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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2014 Bay-Delta Science Conference

The 8th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference, “Making Connections”, will be held Oct. 28-30 in Sacramento. This conference will be a forum for presenting technical analyses and results that support making connections among external drivers, management actions, and ecosystem responses with a focus on the need for scientists and managers to exchange information.

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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 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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