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 ยง85054)

Research - 2010 PSP

DELTA SCIENCE PROGRAM'S 2010 PROPOSAL SOLICITATION PACKAGE PROJECTS APPROVED FOR FUNDING

The Delta Science Program received 49 proposals in response to its 2010 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP), requesting approximately $31,000,000 in total funding. A rigorous independent review process led to the recommendation of 13 proposals for funding, totaling over $7 million. Funding approval for the 13 recommended proposals (identified below) was received from the Delta Stewardship Council at its March 24-25, 2011 public meeting.

 


Proposals Approved for Funding

2010 PSP Priority Research Topics

  1. Native Fish Biology and Ecology
  2. Food Webs of Key Delta Species and their Relationship to Water Quality and other Drivers
  3. Coupled Hydrologic and Ecosystem Models
  4. Water and Ecosystem Management Decision Support System Development
    Note - The red (X) in the recommendations table represents the primary topic addressed by the proposal.
  Topics
Principal
Investigator
Proposal
Title
Recipient
Institution
Recommended
Funding
1 2 3 4
Boyer, Katharyn Habitat Values of the Native SAV Stuckenia pectinata in the Low Salinity Zone of San Francisco Estuary San Francisco State University $160,000.00 X X    
Connon, Richard Physiological Mechanisms of Environmental Tolerance in Delta Smelt (Hypomesus Transpacificus): from Molecules to Adverse Outcomes University of California, Davis $450,000.00 X      
Feyrer, Fred Understanding the Scale and Mechanisms of Connectivity between Splittail Populations and the Implications for Management U. S. Bureau of Reclamation $600,000.00 X X X X
Glibert, Patricia Understanding the Effects Of Nutrient Forms, Nutrient Ratios and Light Availability on the Lower Food Web of the Delta University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science $489,418.00   X    
Hilborn, Ray A Multi-Stock Population Dynamics Framework for the Recovery of Sacramento River Chinook Salmon University of Washington $700,000.00   X X X
Knowles, Noah CASCaDE II: Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem U.S. Geological Survey $1,498,771.00 X X X X
Lund, Jay Integrating Ecosystem, Flood Control, Agricultural, and Water Supply Benefits: An Application to the Yolo Bypass University of California, Davis $267,050.00     X X
Monismith, Stephen An Open-Source, Three-Dimensional Model of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta: Model Construction and Application to Delta Hydrodynamics and the Prediction of Temperature Variability in the Delta Stanford University $723,731.00     X X
Moyle, Peter Linking Trophic Ecology with Slough and Wetland Hydrodynamics, Food Web Production and Fish Abundance in Suisun Marsh University of California, Davis $178,546.00 X X X  
Parker, Alexander The Role of Microcystis Blooms in the Delta Foodweb: A Functional Approach San Francisco State University $900,000.00   X    
Perry, Russell Quantifying Factors Affecting Migration Routing and Survival of Juvenile Late-Fall Chinook Salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta U.S. Geological Survey $215,103.00 X   X X
Weston, Donald Impact of Urbanization on Chinook Salmon, Steelhead Trout, and Their Prey: A Case Study of the American River University of California, Berkeley $600,000.00   X    
Winder, Monika Nutritional Quality Of Zooplankton as Prey for Fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta University of California, Davis $312,566.00 X X   X
Total Recommended Funding $7,095,185.00  

Public comments received as well as the Delta Science Program's response to the comments are now available.

Public comments on the proposal funding recommendations were solicited during February 2011. Public comments were considered by the Delta Lead Scientist before requesting funding approval from the Delta Stewardship Council. The comments received as well as the Delta Science Program's response to the comments are identified below.

 


2010 Proposal Solicitation Package Synopsis

Click here to download 2010 PSP Solicitation Document

Through the Delta Stewardship Council, the Delta Science Program is seeking to fund research that will fill critical gaps in our understanding of the current and changing Bay-Delta system. The new scientific information is meant to help resource managers and policymakers make informed decisions about current and future Delta water issues such as healthy ecosystems, water quality, and conveyance and water supply.

A total of approximately $8 million (with the potential for additional funding) will be available for research in four topic areas:

  • Native Fish Biology and Ecology
  • Food Webs of Key Delta Species and their Relationship to Water Quality and other Drivers
  • Coupled Hydrologic and Ecosystem Models
  • Water and Ecosystem Management Decision Support System Development

Award Information
Anticipated Type of Award: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 14 to 18
Anticipated Total Funding: Approximately $8 million (with the potential for additional funding)
Length of Funding: Up to 3 years

Eligibility Information
Any public agency or nonprofit organization capable of entering into a grant agreement with the State or Federal government may apply. This includes, but is not limited to: (1) local agencies; (2) private nonprofit organizations; (3) tribes; (4) universities; (5) State agencies; and (6) Federal agencies.

Overhead Rates
In general, the maximum overhead rate that will be paid for grants funded through the 2010 Focused Proposal Solicitation Package is 25%. Higher overhead rates will be considered with appropriate justification due to differences based on the type of organization and the organization's accounting.

Applications
The application submission process is now closed.

Contacts
Proposal Submittal Process Helpline: 916-445-5838 or via email at help@solicitation.calwater.ca.gov

 


PUBLIC COMMENTS FOR PSP PRIORITY RESEARCH TOPICS

Public comments were solicited, during the fall of 2008, for the CALFED Science Program 2009 PSP priority research topics. Here we provide information and documents related to that process.

1st Round of Public Comments - Draft Topics
The first step in preparing for the solicitation was the identification of the PSP priority research topics. Draft topics were prepared by CALFED Lead Scientist Cliff Dahm, to stimulate the development process of the Topic Selection Panel, by modifying the 2007 PSP Topic Selection Panel topics. Public comments were solicited on the draft topics and were provided to the Topic Selection Panel at their meeting on November 17, 2008. The panel considered the public comments, in addition to CALFED needs and objectives, in the development of their Revised Draft Priority Topics for the 2009 solicitation.

Public Comments received on draft Priority Research Topics Summary of 1st Round of Public Comments - Dahm

2nd Round of Public Comments Requested - Revised Draft Topics
Public comments were solicited on the Revised Draft Priority Research Topics, which were developed by the Topic Selection Panel, and were provided to CALFED Lead Scientist for his consideration. The priority research topics were finalized following the consideration of the second round of public comments received, and were then taken to Secretary Chrisman for approval. The resulting topics can be viewed as part of the 2010 PSP Solicitation.

2nd Round of Public Comments received on the revised draft Priority Research Topics Science Program Response to the 2nd Round of Public Comments - Dahm

 

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