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About The Science Program

The Delta Science Program was established to develop scientific information and synthesis for the state of scientific knowledge on issues critical for managing the Bay-Delta system. That body of knowledge must be unbiased, relevant, authoritative, integrated across state and federal agencies, and communicated to Bay-Delta decision-makers, agency managers, stakeholders, the scientific community, and the public.


The Lead Scientist is responsible for leading, overseeing, and guiding the Science Program.


Science Program Vision Statement:
All Bay-Delta water and environmental policy is founded on the highest caliber science.


Science Program Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide the best possible scientific information for water and environmental decision-making in the Bay-Delta system.


Science Program Strategic Objectives:
Support research. 
Initiate, evaluate and fund research that will fill critical gaps in our understanding of the current and changing Bay-Delta system;


Synthesize scientific information. 
Compile, analyze, and integrate scientific information across disciplines;


Facilitate independent peer review. 
Promote and provide independent, scientific peer review of processes, plans, programs and products;  (Peer Review Procedures)


Coordinate science. 
Coordinate with agencies to promote science-based adaptive management;


Communicate science. 
Interpret and communicate scientific information to policy-and decision-makers, scientists and the public.




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)