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Feb. 2 Brown Bag: Multifunctional Infrastructure and the Human Use of Restored Delta Landscapes

Large-scale habitat restoration will require significant changes in current land uses, cultural patterns, and forms of economic productivity. UC Davis Professor Brett Milligan will introduce conceptual design proposals for specific Delta landscapes and infrastructures that may begin to address challenges and needs in the Delta.

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Save the Date! March 3, 2015 CABA Seminar: Sturgeon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Watershed

The Delta Stewardship Council’s Science Program and the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology & Aquaculture (CABA) will present a day-long seminar entitled Sturgeon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Watershed - New Insights to Support Conservation and Management. More details will follow soon.

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Report Posted on Collaborative Adaptive Management Team’s (CAMT) Delta Smelt Proposed Investigations

An independent science panel has completed its review of the Collaborative Adaptive Management Team’s (CAMT) proposed investigations on understanding population effects and factors that affect entrainment of Delta smelt at the State and Federal Water Projects.

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

The latest issue of SFEWS is now available online. Volume 12, Issue 4 of the online journal includes Bay-Delta stories on tidal river junction hydrodynamics, physically based modeling of Delta islands’ agricultural use of water, and an evaluation of a new marking tool for salmon at the Feather River Hatchery.

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2014 Long-Term Operations Biological Opinions Annual Science Review Report
2014 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Annual Science Review Report Posted

An independent science panel has completed its annual review of actions required by the Endangered Species Act related to Chinook salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon, and Delta smelt for operations of the State/Federal Water Projects.

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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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Volume 12, Issue 4 of the free SFEWS online journal includes Bay-Delta stories of dispersion mechanisms of tidal river junction, physically based modeling of Delta island consumptive use, and more.
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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.

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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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)