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Delta Independent Science Board to Meet December 10-11 in Sacramento

On December 10-11, 2015, the Delta ISB will meet and hear from a panel of agency scientists about short and long-term research plans, emerging issues, and implications for monitoring programs as they relate to flows and the effect on fishes. The Board will also hear from Delta Stewardship Council staff about proposed refinements to Delta Plan performance measures.

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December 7 Brown Bag – The Delta as Place: Yesterday and Today

The presentation will explore how historical literature may have affected the perception of the Delta as a vibrant community, setting the stage for what is sometimes believed as a region that is both an undiscovered jewel and culturally inconspicuous. This seminar is part of the “Delta Narratives” project.

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Data Summit White Paper Released: Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information

The white paper, Enhancing the Vision for Managing California’s Environmental Information, is now available. This paper is a synthesis of ideas explored during the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program June 2014 Data Summit. It is based on initiatives, current programs and the experiences of individuals from State and federal agencies, academia, private and non-governmental entities.

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Delta ISB Review of Flows and Fishes in the Delta Posted

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) has posted its review on how freshwater flows affect Delta fish populations. The report, “Flows and Fishes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta” offers several recommendations on scientific strategies to benefit adaptive management.

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Delta Science Fellows Program Seeks Doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

The Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Fellows Program is seeking doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. Approximately six fellowships will be awarded for proposals addressing the 2015 priority research topics which include: assessing the effects of drought on the Delta and effectiveness and implications of habitat restoration. Deadline to apply is November 18.

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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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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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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

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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)