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Adaptive Management

Adaptive management is a science-based, structured approach to improving our understanding of the problems and uncertainties of environmental and water management. The Delta Science Program provides science support to other agencies and organizations that are planning and implementing adaptive management. Our objective is to support science that will improve environmental decision-making under uncertain conditions in the Delta.



The Delta Science Program provides early consultation to ecosystem restoration and water management projects for compliance with the Delta Plan Adaptive Management Framework (Appendix C of the Delta Plan).


The Interagency Adaptive Management Integration Team coordinates strategies and provides resources for adaptively managing conservation projects in the Delta. Delta Science Program leads the group, and activities are guided by the Delta Conservation Adaptive Management Action Strategy.



The Adaptive Management Forum is held to stimulate broad discussion in the Delta community around adaptive management support.


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)