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Delta Independent Science Board to Meet February 11-12 in Sacramento

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will hold a Feb. 11-12 meeting to discuss its review of the process used to propose refinements and updates to Delta Plan Performance Measures, consider a letter recommending a broad modeling study about the effects of barriers and levee breaks on Delta-wide water quality, and discuss how the recently completed report, Improving Adaptive Management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, could be used in support of EcoRestore and other projects and programs required to develop adaptive management plans.

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Brown Bag Seminar: Alternative Monitoring Approaches for Large Bay-Delta Estuarine Wetland Restoration Projects, Feb. 17 from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Peter Baye will examine how more comprehensive conceptual models of wetland succession enable researchers to anticipate changes in restored marshes while guiding more efficient, focused, and meaningful monitoring and restoration design thereby furthering the achievement of the State’s coequal goal of a restored Delta ecosystem.

 

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2015 LOBO Annual Science Review Report Now Available

A report from the annual science review of the Long-term Operations Biological Opinions (LOBO) Review is available now on the Delta Stewardship Council website. The report synthesizes the findings of a panel of independent scientists who reviewed the implementation of actions required by the Endangered Species Act for salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon, and Delta smelt to operate 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 13, Issue 4 of the online journal examines new insights in the conservation and management of sturgeon, a comparison of state and regional water quality policies with respect to Delta riverine nutrient trends, and more.

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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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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 4 of the free SFEWS online journal examines new insights in the conservation and management of sturgeon, a comparison of state and regional water quality policies re: riverine nutrient trends, 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)