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Science Program Events

2015 Meetings
May
19

An independent scientific panel will meet May 19–20 in Sacramento to continue its review of the methodology proposed for development of the Delta Levees Investment Strategy.

Science Program Review
Jul
29

The Delta ISB is soliciting public comments by Aug. 12, on a draft proposal for its review of water quality related to chemical contaminants, nutrients and pathogens in the Delta.

Science Program Review

2014 Meetings
Jan
28

The report has been posted from an independent science panel’s third phase review of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan Effects Analysis. Click here for more information.

Science Program Review
Nov
6

A science panel has completed its annual review of the actions required by the Endangered Species Act related to Chinook salmon, steelhead, green sturgeon, and Delta smelt for operations of the State/Federal Water Projects. Click for details.

Science Program Review
Nov
14

A 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.

Science Program Review

2013 Meetings
Nov
6

2013 Annual Science Review of the implementation of RPAs in the CVP/SWP Long-term Operations BiOps for prior water year’s operations. The BiOps include RPAs designed to alleviate jeopardy to listed species and adverse modification of critical habitat. This year’s review will focus on three topics and is set for November 6-7, 2013.

Science Program Review

2012 Meetings
Jul
31

An independent review panel formed by the Delta Science Program has released its review of the Draft Plan for Adaptive Management of Fall Outflow for Delta Smelt Protection and Water Supply Reliability.

 

Science Program Review
Oct
31

2012 Long-term Operations Opinions Annual Review

Science Program Review
Oct
31

2012 Long-term Operations Opinions Annual Review

Science Program Review

2011 Meetings
Jun
13

An independent review panel formed by the Delta Science Program has released its review of the Draft Plan for Adaptive Management of Fall Outflow for Delta Smelt Protection and Water Supply Reliability.

 

Science Program Review
Oct
25

An independent science panel released its review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Effects Analysis Conceptual Foundation and Analytical Framework and Entrainment Appendix.

Science Program Review
Nov
1

An independent science review panel released its review of the Delta Protection Commission Economic Sustainability Plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Science Program Review
Nov
8

2011 Operations Criteria and Plan (OCAP) Annual Review

Science Program Review
Nov
8

2011 Operations Criteria and Plan (OCAP) Annual Review

Science Program Review

2010 Meetings
Mar
2

The Vernalis Adaptive Management Plan (VAMP) is a 12-year experiment/management program originally designed to provide protection for San Joaquin River migrating juvenile Chinook salmon equivalent to the protective measures...

Science Program Review

2009 Meetings
Aug
6

The 2-Gates Fish Protection Demonstration Project has been proposed as an adaptive management experiment in using operable gates in the central Delta for protection of sensitive species and management of water supply.

Science Program Review

2015 Meetings
Jan
12

This presentation will demonstrate how a framework that emphasizes common assessment and reporting methods can support multiple objectives across the Delta landscape.

Science Program Seminar
Feb
2

This presentation will introduce conceptual design proposals for specific Delta landscapes and infrastructures that may begin to address challenges and needs in the Delta in response to large-scale habitat restoration. For more information, click here.

Science Program Seminar
Feb
19

This presentation proposes a new approach for characterizing the Low Salinity Zone area that is more consistent with historic Delta smelt distribution and the X2-abundance relationship.

Science Program Seminar
Mar
3

The Council’s Delta Science Program and the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology & Aquaculture (CABA) will present a public day-long seminar at UC Davis entitled Sturgeon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Watershed.

Science Program Seminar
Mar
25

A series of Brown Bag seminars will be presented in March by candidates for the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program Lead Scientist position. 

Science Program Seminar
Aug
13

Dr. Joy Zedler will discuss research that utilized adaptive management and restoration to improve habitat for endangered species in San Diego Bay and salt marsh ecosystems in the Tijuana Estuary.

Science Program Seminar

2014 Meetings
Jan
10

This presentation on potential long-term viability of Delta splittail populations provides essential support to understand landscape-scale restoration and conservation approaches. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Jan
21

Research will be presented on investigating how altered dam operations at Shasta Lake - i.e. the timing and quantity of water releases - could reduce impacts to downstream aquatic ecosystems. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Feb
14

Observatory research will be presented that provides detailed accounting of local water storage and fluxes - information necessary to develop effective future water management plans. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Feb
18

The Council’s Delta Science Program and UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology & Aquaculture will host a science seminar at UC Davis on food web dynamics. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Mar
17

The Council’s Science Program’s 5-part joint brown bag seminar series will explore aspects of the Delta carbon cycle beginning March 17. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Apr
4

This second seminar in the carbon series will present opportunities for applying new science to restoring wetlands and storing carbon in the San Francisco Estuary. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Mar
17

The Council’s Science Program’s 5-part joint brown bag seminar series will explore aspects of the Delta carbon cycle beginning March 17. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Apr
14

Information about remote sensing techniques used to quantify productivity and potential carbon storage in Delta wetlands will be presented. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Mar
17

The Council’s Science Program’s 5-part joint brown bag seminar series will explore aspects of the Delta carbon cycle beginning March 17. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Apr
21

This seminar will discuss key factors associated with rice production in the Delta - a possible option to help mitigate subsidence by decreasing peat oxidation rates. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Mar
17

The Council’s Science Program’s 5-part joint brown bag seminar series will explore aspects of the Delta carbon cycle beginning March 17. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Apr
29

This seminar in Sacramento will discuss the role of different land uses on site carbon balance and explore potential tradeoffs associated with land use change in the Delta. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Mar
17

The Council’s Science Program’s 5-part joint brown bag seminar series will explore aspects of the Delta carbon cycle beginning March 17. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
May
12

May 12 - Delta Science Program - UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA) Science Synthesis Seminar: Emerging techniques to quantify the effects of environmental change in Bay-Delta organisms

Science Program Seminar
May
19

This seminar in Sacramento will present research that estimates levee failure risk and implications to the interconnected risks to infrastructure in the Delta. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Jun
5

This summit will focus on the Delta Science Plan’s objective to build on existing and emerging data management and exchange systems to enhance information synthesis. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Jun
23

This Sacramento seminar will describe the proposed Delta Restoration Hub which will provide the coordination and integration needed to implement restoration projects. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Jul
1

This seminar in Sacramento will present collaborative research to identify more sustainable urban water use, reuse and management solutions. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Jul
7

This seminar in Sacramento will present research on the ongoing process-based restoration effort at the Cosumnes River Preserve. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Jul
31

Delta ISB member Brian Atwater will discuss earthquake subduction zones around the Pacific Ocean and their connection to tidal marshes. Click here for more information.

Science Program Seminar
Aug
25

This seminar will examine the meteorology and hydrology of the past three water years and place current conditions within the context of longer historical climate records. Please click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Sep
8

This seminar will describe what needs to be measured at a site to support the development of Ecological Site Descriptions (ESDs). Please click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Sep
22

This seminar will review the advantages and disadvantages of existing and new desalination technologies and offer a summary of proposed seawater desalination projects in California. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Oct
13

This presentation will cover the California Water Quality Monitoring Council’s ongoing efforts to increase collaboration through theme-specific interagency workgroups. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Nov
24

This seminar will describe recent research investigating the use of several remote sensing techniques to understand the effects of drought across the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada foothills. Please click here for more information.

Science Program Seminar
Dec
9

A science seminar will be held at UC Davis Dec. 9 discussing how farming and floods might be reconciled with fish and fowl. For more information on this free, public seminar, please click here.

Science Program Seminar

2013 Meetings
Jan
18

The Delta Science Program and the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA) are presenting a seminar on the science of natural functional flows to the Delta featuring keynote speaker Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice Chancellor of University of Westminster, U.K.

The seminar is being convened by Lead Scientist Dr. Peter Goodwin and Chris Enright of the Delta Science Program.

Science Program Seminar
Jan
30

The Delta Science Program in conjunction with the Ecosystem Restoration Program and Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program will present a joint seminar on Delta historical ecology and landscape restoration. Click here for information.

Science Program Seminar
Mar
5

The Delta Science Program in conjunction with the Ecosystem Restoration Program and Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program will host a joint seminar featuring Erwin Van Nieuwenhuyse, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, speaking on “Unifying Aquatic Science for Adaptive Management of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta”. This talk will describe a simple, unifying conceptual model for flowing water systems.. Click here for information.

 

Science Program Seminar
Apr
29

April 29 Brown Bag Presentation by Sam Veloz, Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) Conservation Science on Prioritizing Tidal Marsh Conservation and Restoration Efforts in the Face of High Uncertainty due to Future Environmental Change

Science Program Seminar
May
13

The Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series will present a noontime seminar May 13 at the Cal/EPA Building, 1001 “I” St., Sacramento, on how spring-fed streams sustain cold-water species such as salmon.

 

Science Program Seminar
Jun
10

The Delta Science Program, the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology & Aquaculture (CABA) and the California Nevada Chapter of the American Fisheries Society will host a seminar and workshop June 10 at UC Davis on the science of ecological linkages between tidal marshes and fish in the Delta.

Science Program Seminar
Jun
17

Dr. Ryan Luster from The Nature Conservancy will present a brown bag seminar June 17, on the Ecological Flows Tool (EFT) for the Delta and Sacramento River. Click here for additional information.

Science Program Seminar
Jul
10

July 10 Brown Bag Presentation by Scott Brandenberg and Jonathan Stewart of the University of California, Los Angeles, on levee seismic performance in Japan and California

Science Program Seminar
Jul
17

July 17 Brown Bag on The Severn Barrage: Europe’s Largest Proposed Marine Renewable Energy Project

Science Program Seminar
Jul
29

July 29 Brown Bag – Water Property Rights and Markets in the Australian Murray-Darling Basin

Science Program Seminar
Aug
19

The Delta Science Program Joint Brown Bag Series will Present an August 19 Brown Bag Seminar by Thomas Keegan and Emily Tozzi from ECORP Consulting on Native Fish Utilization and Residency within Restored Tidal Marsh Habitat in North and South San Francisco Bay

Science Program Seminar
Sep
24

How do you get thousands of gamers to do lab work? This seminar shows how gamers will help develop the next generation of neuroscience software. Click here for details.  

Science Program Seminar
Oct
7

This event has been cancelled. Due to the recent government shutdown, Lisa Lucas will be unable to make this presentation. This seminar will be rescheduled for a later date.

Science Program Seminar
Nov
13

Nov. 13 Brown Bag presentation on Flow, Sediment, and Water Quality Monitoring in the Delta by Jon Burau, Brian Bergamaschi, and Dave Schoellhamer from U.S. Geological Survey

Science Program Seminar
Nov
18

The 2014 Science Update to the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals which synthesizes current scientific knowledge regarding climate change impacts on the Baylands will be discussed. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar
Dec
9

This noontime presentation will identify the geomorphic context for the present-day Sacramento Valley Flood Control Project and discuss how key events, such as hydraulic mining and major floods, guided early flood managers to develop today’s flood control system. Click here for more info.

Science Program Seminar
Dec
18

This presentation on the process of stream restoration at Mono Lake shows a successful model of adaptive management that could provide lessons for large-scale restoration projects in the Delta. Click here for details.

Science Program Seminar

2012 Meetings
May
9

This presentation by Drs. Holley and Sinclair will explore two key areas that are vital to water reform. These are (1) improving the effectiveness of traditional water regulation, and (2) designing new collaborative governance mechanisms to supplement conventional approaches.

Science Program Seminar
May
22

The UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA) in conjunction with the Delta Science Program will hold a symposium on May 22 on estuarine ecology of juvenile salmonids in the San Francisco Bay estuary

Science Program Seminar
May
23

The Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series will host a seminar presenting two case studies from the Natural Capital Project including several models that enable decision-makers to assess and identify areas for investments in ecosystem services.

Science Program Seminar
Jun
13

The Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series will host a noontime talk June 13 by Dr. Nigel Wright on flood resilience, a flood response concept that minimizes adverse effects by accounting for varying levels of vulnerability while providing multiple benefits.

Science Program Seminar
Aug
27

The Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series will host a noontime talk August 27 by Dr. James Ball on 'Accommodating Climate Change into Flood Estimation Practice: Hydro-informatics and the Australian Method'

Science Program Seminar
Sep
18

The Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series will host a noontime talk September 18th by Dr. David Krabbenhoft on mercury and methyl-mercury production and bioaccumulation at Everglades, Great Lakes and Bay-Delta large scale habitat restoration efforts.

Science Program Seminar
Oct
22

The effects of climate change (i.e., prediction of sea level rise) are presenting a new reality in the approach to flood protection in the Netherlands. Professor Arthur Mynett of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education will discuss the Netherlands Delta Committee’s vision for long-term protection of the Dutch coast as well as implementation of adaptive management options. .

Science Program Seminar
Oct
30

The Delta Science Program and the Ecosystem Restoration Program Joint Brown Bag Seminar Series will present a talk on a conceptual framework for large floodplain rivers that integrates fluid dynamics, channel morphology, biogeochemical cycling and important elements of river ecology.

Science Program Seminar
Dec
18

The Delta Science Program and the Ecosystem Restoration Program Joint Brown Bag Seminar Series will present a talk on the system-wide changes that have occurred in the Delta and Sacramento Valley since 2006, uses and limitations of the unimpaired flow index developed by the Department of Water Resources, and models used to evaluate historic and future changes to system operating criteria.
 

Science Program Seminar

2011 Meetings
May
16

 

Seminar on Watershed Water Quality Model Set for May 16

The Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series in conjunction with the California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network will present a noontime seminar Monday, May 16 at 1001 “I” St. (Cal-EPA Building) on a new watershed model that predicts long-term values of water quality through the use of in-stream measurements. Click here for more information.

Science Program Seminar
May
23

The Delta Science Program is co-sponsoring a seminar on Suisun Marsh in the 21st Century beginning at 9 a.m. Monday May 23, presented by The Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture (CABA) at the University of California, Davis.

Science Program Seminar
Sep
28

The Delta Science Program Brown Bag series will offer a seminar by Noble Hendrix and Robert Lessard on life cycle models for winter-run and Butte Creek spring-run Chinook in the Central Valley.

Objectives of the models are to incorporate mortality in all phases of the life cycle, estimate size and composition of populations, evaluate predictors that may explain changes in population and incorporate uncertainty in the estimation procedure by using a Bayesian framework.

Science Program Seminar

2010 Meetings
Jun
16

Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series Presents Floating Islands, composed of spun, recycled polyester plastic or of natural fibers, can potentially be used to address several of the key problems of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Potential functions of artificial floating islands include providing....

Science Program Seminar
Jul
27

Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series Presents The California Fish Tracking Consortium: Present Successes and Future Plans

Science Program Seminar
Sep
8

Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series Presents The Effect of Wind Waves and Rainfall on Intertidal Zone Material Cycling

Science Program Seminar

2009 Meetings
Sep
9

Science Program Brown Bag Series Presents From Beef to Reef: Challenges and Triumphs in Developing Sediment Budgets in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments

Science Program Seminar
Nov
10

Delta Science Program Brown Bag Series Presents Painted Chromosomes and Sex Probes: Using genetic markers to identify gender of California Chinook salmon

Science Program Seminar

2015 Meetings
Mar
16

The Council’s Delta Science Program will hold a public workshop in Sacramento to explore the risks and challenges facing the Bay-Delta system. Click here for more information.

Science Program Workshop

2014 Meetings
Feb
10

The Council’s Science Program will hold a workshop in Sacramento to inform the State Water Board’s upcoming decisions on Delta outflow objectives. Click here for details.

Science Program Workshop
Apr
16

The Delta Science Program has posted an independent review panel report on interior Delta flows and related stressors to help inform the State Water Board’s updates to the Bay-Delta Plan. Click here to read.

Science Program Workshop
Apr
16

The Delta Science Program has posted an independent review panel report on interior Delta flows and related stressors to help inform the State Water Board’s updates to the Bay-Delta Plan. Click here to read.

Science Program Workshop
May
6

Save the date and share in developing the Draft Interim Science Action Agenda called for in the Delta Science Plan. Click here for details.

Science Program Workshop

2013 Meetings
Jul
22

The Delta Stewardship Council/Delta Science Program, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service conducted a fish predation workshop on Central Valley salmonids on July 22 and 23, 2013, at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Science Program Workshop

2011 Meetings
Apr
13

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the implementing agencies of the 2009 Biological Opinion (NMFS Opinion) on the Operations Criteria and Plan (OCAP) of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project are interested in improving their understanding of existing salmon life cycle models and related models for steelhead. Specifically, they are interested in learning how these models can best be integrated into a decision-making framework for adapting water operations and prescribed actions for individual and multiple species. At the request of NMFS, the Delta Science Program will host a public workshop on integrated life cycle models. The workshop will focus primarily on salmonid life cycle models, however, the panel will consider how these models could be used or integrated to evaluate the effects of water operations on other species.

Science Program Workshop

2010 Meetings
Jan
13

The purpose of the workshop is to achieve a common understanding of the management tools available for implementing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) biological opinion on the Coordinated Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project (December 15, 2008), and National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) biological opinion on the Long-Term Central Valley Project and State Water Project Operations Criteria and Plan (June 4, 2009).

Science Program Workshop
Nov
8

At the request of NMFS, USBR and USFWS, the Delta Science Program has assembled an independent review panel consisting of national experts who will review OCAP technical team reports and documents prior to the meeting, participate in discussions with the proponents, provide an independent review of the effectiveness of the implementation of the OCAP RPA actions, and make scientific recommendations for improving effectiveness and measurements of effectiveness.

Science Program Workshop
Nov
8

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration\'s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have each issued Biological Opinions on long-term operations of the Central Valley Project...

Science Program Workshop

2009 Meetings
Mar
10

The purpose of the workshop was to provide a venue for open discussion among interested parties to identify data and science gaps and develop a scientific research framework to determine the role of ammonium and ammonia within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) and Suisun Bay (Bay) ecosystem. This research framework is scientifically sound, was developed in an open forum, and thoroughly reviewed.

Science Program Workshop
Nov
18

The purpose of this two-day workshop is to provide information and guidance for large- scale ecosystem restoration planning efforts in the North Delta and Suisun Marsh by soliciting input from a panel of outside experts familiar with large-scale river floodplain and estuarine restoration elsewhere within the United States.

Science Program Workshop

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have each issued Biological Opinions on long-term operations of the Central Valley Project...

Science Program Workshop

An independent review panel has posted its report on Delta outflows and related stressors to help inform the State Water Board’s updates to the Bay-Delta Plan. Click here to read.

Science Program Workshop

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)