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2017-2021 Science Action Agenda

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Why the Science Action Agenda?

A collective action is needed to advance scientific discoveries, sustain essential existing science programs, and modernize the Delta science enterprise. Several science entities exist in the Delta, each with their own mission-specific science strategy or work plan. Despite many valuable science coordination efforts, there is no system-wide science agenda that prioritizes management- and policy-relevant science actions. A shared science action agenda is needed to fill gaps and provide the glue among collaborative and program-specific science work plans to improve comprehensive and efficient science planning, coordination, and funding.


The Delta Science Plan calls for the development and implementation of a Science Action Agenda (SAA) through an inclusive process to direct and integrate science actions performed by multiple programs and agencies in the Delta.  The SAA is one element of a three-part Delta Science Strategy that also includes the Delta Science Plan (a shared vision for Delta science) and The State of Bay-Delta Science (a synthesis of the state of Delta scientific knowledge).


How was the 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda Developed?

The priority science actions in the draft 2017-2021 SAA emerged out of a transparent and open process, to ensure integrated, collaborative, and transparent science that can enhance policy and management in the Delta. The Delta Science Program sought input from collaborative groups (i.e., the Interagency Ecological Program, Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program/Collaborative Adaptive Management Team, Delta Regional Monitoring Program, State and Federal Water Contractors Water Agency’s Coordinated Science Program, and the Delta Agency Science Workgroup) and the broad Delta science and management community to identify priority management needs and associated science actions. Working with others the Delta Science Program prioritized science actions according to a set of jointly developed criteria and methods. This 2017-2021 SAA builds on the Interim Science Action Agenda and High Impact Science Action efforts.


What is the 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda?

The Science Action Agenda (SAA) will be a four-year science agenda for the Delta that prioritizes and aligns science actions to inform management decisions, fill gaps in knowledge, promote collaborative science, build the science infrastructure, and achieve the objectives of the Delta Science Plan. The 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda includes 12 priority science actions organized into five action areas:

Science Action Areas

  1. Improve understanding of interactions between stressors and managed species and their communities
  2. Capitalize on existing data through increasing science synthesis

  3. Develop tools and methods to support and evaluate habitat restoration

  4. Invest in assessing the human dimension of natural resource management decision

  5. Modernize and improve monitoring, data management, and modeling


Past Science Action Agenda Efforts


Public Comments

Public comments on the Draft 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda were solicited and received up to May 31, 2017.

Comments from Agencies and Individuals (in alphabetical order)


Science Action Agenda Archived Material

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)