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Brown Bag on Sacramento Delta Levees – Radar-based Monitoring from 41,000 Feet Set for July 15

Radar remote sensing could provide a game-changing technology for determining levee health status. Cathleen Jones, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will give the status of a Delta study to determine the feasibility of radar remote sensing using one of NASA’s best airborne science instruments. The types of levee threats that can be determined from an aircraft flying at 41,000 feet will also be discussed.

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Brown Bag on Integrated Ecosystem Modeling for Adaptive Management Set for July 7

The complexity and uncertainties facing the Bay-Delta system present challenges similar to those in the Great Lakes system where they’ve been using ecological forecasting models to support management decisions. This seminar will provide real-world lessons and describe the benefits of integrated modeling as part of an adaptive management approach that can be applied to the Bay-Delta system.

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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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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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San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science
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)