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2017 LOBO Biennial Science Review Report Now Available

The 2017 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions (LOBO) Science Review report synthesizing the findings of the independent review panel is now available online. An independent science panel 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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Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet Feb. 2 in Sacramento

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet to discuss the status of current reviews, and will address written public comments received on the draft prospectus for the review on the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) and the draft review on water quality science. In addition, the Delta ISB will finalize its summary sheet for its final review on the Delta as an Evolving Place.

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Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet Dec. 11 in Sacramento

On Dec. 11, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet to discuss the water quality thematic review and to receive public feedback on its latest draft for this review. In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss the status of the summary sheets for various completed Delta ISB reviews, the status of the programmatic review on the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP), and the status of other thematic reviews on monitoring, water supply reliability, and ecosystems.

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How the Delta is Monitored: A Series of Three Brown Bag Seminars

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will undertake a broad review of monitoring efforts in the Delta. This Monitoring Enterprise Review will investigate numerous programs across the natural, biological, and social sciences. This Brown Bag series is intended to cover the state of monitoring in the Delta as seen from a wide range of perspectives. Extended discussions with the Delta ISB, invited guests, and attendees will follow each seminar for 60 to 90 minutes. Each seminar will be webcast.

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Final Report: Yolo Bypass Salmon Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage Analytical Tool Independent Review Panel Report Now Available

The panel evaluated the analytical tools developed for comparing the range of proposed alternatives for the Yolo Bypass Fish Passage and Habitat Restoration Program Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report and Biological Assessment. The intent of the independent scientific peer review was to ensure the new analytical tools and their associated assumptions are being appropriately used, that the best available science was utilized, and ensure results are appropriately interpreted for evaluating the design alternatives.



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Keep Up on the Big Picture with the Sept. Issue of Estuary News

The Sept. 2017 issue of ESTUARY News includes articles on exploring the Delta's heritage, Bay Area water districts crafting drought contigency plans, and how a 25-year old program could be a beacon of environmental protection. To help keep you up-to-date on what’s happening throughout the estuary, the Council helps sponsor this quarterly publication of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. You can receive ESTUARY News for free by signing up at:

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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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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 2018 Delta Science Fellowship program were due on September 25, 2017. The Delta Science Program is currently in the process of selecting a 2018 class of Delta Science Fellows. Awardees will be announced in early 2018.

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.

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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)