The Delta Science Program is a leading coordinator of independent scientific peer review. The peer review process uses independent scientific experts and established guidelines to ensure credible and legitimate science can be used by water and environmental decision-makers. The Delta Independent Science Board also conducts science reviews that span the natural, physical, and social sciences.
Contact Alice Low (Alice.Low@deltacouncil.ca.gov) for questions regarding reviews or to request a future review.
Since 2010, the Delta Science Program has coordinated over 28 independent science reviews and science advisors. Reviews employ independent experts to evaluate completed processes, programs, plans, and products. Advisors typically give input on the development of processes, programs, plans, or products. Both reviews and advisors respond to a set of questions (a “Charge”) and write a report. Serial review types include LOBO (Long-term Operations of the Biological Opinions), Delta RMP (Delta Regional Monitoring Program), and WaterFix Aquatic Science.
|Review||Topics||Event Date||Report||Report Date|
|2011 Independent Review on the Implementation of Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) Actions Affecting the Operations Criteria And Plan (OCAP) for State/Federal Water Operations||Fish, Habitat, Hydrology, Water Operations, Water Quality||11/08/2011||12/09/2011|
|Independent Panel Review of the Economic Sustainability Plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta||Human Dimension, Levees||11/01/2011||12/02/2011|
|Adaptive Management of Fall Outflow for Delta Smelt Protection and Water Supply Reliability||Fish, Hydrology, Water Operations, Water Quality||06/13/2011||07/01/2011|
|2010 Independent Review on the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative (RPA) Actions Affecting the Operations Criteria And Plan (OCAP) for State/Federal Water Operations||Fish, Habitat, Hydrology, Water Operations, Water Quality||11/08/2010||12/09/2010|
|The Vernalis Adaptive Management Program (VAMP)||Fish, Hydrology, Water Operations||03/02/2010||05/13/2010|