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Delta Independent Science Board to Meet Sept. 16

The Delta ISB will hold a teleconference Sept. 16 to discuss the Board’s comments on the Recirculated Draft EIR/Supplemental Draft EIS for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)/California WaterFix. There will also be updates on other reviews including the Flows and Fishes report, the draft Adaptive Management review report, as well as Water Quality, Delta Levees, and Delta as Place reviews.

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Sept 10: Pre-registration Deadline for 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference

The conference showcases the latest information about the estuary’s changing watersheds, impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and emerging challenges and provides a biennial assessment of the ecological health of the Estuary by featuring over 80 presentations about the Bay, the Delta, and the State of the Estuary.

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Public Comment Sought on draft Adaptive Management Report

The Delta ISB is soliciting public comments by Sept. 23, on its draft report, Adaptive Management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: How it is Used and How Can it be Improved?

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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 13, Issue 2 of the online journal examines the Central Valley's water rights in a changing climate, the evolution of arability and land use in the Delta, an essay on storage in California’s reservoirs and snowpack in this time of drought, and more.

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Data Summit White Paper

The draft white paper, Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information, that seeks to advance California’s information technology infrastructure resulted from the 2014 Environmental Data Summit hosted by the Council.

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Report Posted on Management, Analysis, and Synthesis Team’s (MAST) Updated Conceptual Model of Delta Smelt Biology

An updated conceptual model of Delta smelt biology by the Interagency Ecological Program’s Management, Analysis, and Synthesis Team has been posted. This report updates previous conceptual models for Delta smelt to reflect new data and information since the release of the last synthesis report about the Pelagic Organism Decline by the Interagency Ecological Program for the San Francisco Estuary.

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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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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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Volume 13, Issue 2 of the free SFEWS online journal examines the Central Valley's water rights in a changing climate, the evolution of arability and land use in the Delta, and more.

Enhancing the Vision for Managing Californias Environmental Information

State of Bay-Delta Science 2008

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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)