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Council Appoints Dr. John Callaway as New Lead Scientist

Dr. John Callaway, an internationally recognized expert in wetland restoration, specifically wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics, was unanimously appointed by the Council as Lead Scientist at the July 2017 meeting. Most recently, Dr. Callaway has served as the director of the Master’s Program in Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco. “I look forward to the continuing efforts of building a collaborative scientific community with its search for common truths on the many critical issues that face the Delta,” Dr. Callaway said. “The development of One Delta-One Science is clearly a project of critical importance to California that is helping set standards of how the best available science can more effectively inform the making of policy.”

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The New Issue of SFEWS: Volume 15, Issue 2

Volume 15, Issue 2 of the free SFEWS online journal discusses the varying perspectives that emerge as one follows the downstream movement of river water through the Delta and into San Francisco Bay. But, is the water considered wasted if it's allowed to enter the ocean? And when discussing the population of certain bellwether fish species in the Delta, the word "exection" is sometimes included and can cause debate. In this edition the concept is addressed and is considered not inevitable in the short run, if the most current scientific understanding to manage the ecosystem is utilized and if bold steps towards recovery are initiated.

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Keep Up on the Big Picture with the June Issue of Estuary News

The June 2017 issue of Estuary News includes articles on re-oaking Silicon Valley, the development of price point for ecosystem services, and the comparison of two California estuaries: San Francisco and Tijuana. 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: www.sfestuary.org/estuary-news

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Series of 3 Brown Bag Seminars Discussing Flow Targets and Ecology

Presented by the Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Science Program, the CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, and the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Each talk will take place from noon to 1 at the Park Tower Plaza, 980 Ninth St., 2nd Floor Conference Center in Sacramento. These seminars are free, open to the public, and will shown via WebEx.

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The State of Bay-Delta Science 2016 Interactive Website

The State of Bay-Delta Science is a collection of papers that represents a synthesis of the current scientific understanding of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Together the papers emphasize the progress made on key research questions during the past decade and identify remaining knowledge gaps. The new interactive SBDS webpage offers more depth and clarity of the materials. All six of the related seminars by the report’s contributors are available for viewing. Finally, a Summary-of-Policies document distills key findings from SBDS 2016 for a policymaker audience.

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Eight Early-Career Scientists Named Delta Science Fellows

The Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program has named eight doctoral graduate students and post-doctoral researchers as recipients of the agency’s 2017 Delta Science Fellowship.The Fellowship Program, administered by California Sea Grant, pairs junior scientists with academic and community mentors to work on collaborative data analysis and research projects as guided by the Delta Science Plan. Additional financial commitment is provided by the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 

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California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2A and 2B Reports

At the request of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS), and the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, select staff from the Council’s Delta Science Program convened Phases 2A and 2B of the CA WaterFix (CWF) Aquatic Science Review. Phase 2A reviewed the 2081(b) Incidental Take Permit application analyses and draft Adaptive Management Framework for CWF. Phase 2B reviewed sections of the NMFS’ and FWS’ draft Biological Opinions and a proposed approach to establishing Longfin Smelt outflow criteria for the 2081(b) Incidental Take Permit analyses for CWF. The peer review reports for both Phases 2A and 2B have been completed.

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2016 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions Information & Update

The purpose of the 2016 information and update is to provide stakeholders and members of the public a forum in which to provide input regarding the NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service’s and the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Biological Opinion on the long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project. Specifically, there will be an opportunity for input regarding the various regulatory actions prescribed by their respective Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives. The review will enable NMFS and USFWS to use lessons learned, incorporate new science, and make appropriate, scientifically justified adjustments to the implementation of the RPAs.

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San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science
Volume 15, Issue 2 of the free SFEWS online journal discusses the varying perspectives that emerge as one follows the downstream movement of river water through the Delta and into San Francisco Bay. But, is the water considered wasted if it's allowed to enter the ocean? And when discussing the population of certain bellwether fish species in the Delta, the word "exection" is sometimes included and can cause debate. In this edition the concept is addressed and is considered not inevitable in the short run, if the most current scientific understanding to manage the ecosystem is utilized and if bold steps towards recovery are initiated.
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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.

Delta Science Fellows Program

Delta Science Fellowships Awarded - The Delta Science Program in conjunction with California Sea Grant awarded Fellowships for the 2017 class to eight outstanding candidates - with funding support from the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

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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)