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Delta Social Science Task Force

The Delta Science Program and the UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute are coordinating a Social Science Task Force (SSTF), which is charged with developing a strategic plan to strengthen and integrate social sciences into the science, management, and policy landscape of the Delta. The SSTF will kickoff with a meeting on January 29, 2019.

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Adaptive Management Forum - February 5-6, 2019

The Adaptive Management Forum will consist of talks, panels, and breakout sessions to provide an opportunity for scientists, project proponents, and regulators to have discussions around ecosystem restoration and adaptive management support. Each day will begin with a moderated panel and audience discussion, followed by case studies that highlight lessons learned. Afternoon breakout sessions on both days will provide for more in-depth training and discussion opportunities on topics relevant to project proponents. Breakout sessions include such topics as writing adaptive management plans, developing monitoring plans with data management in mind, and considering uncertainties.

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A Delta Stewardship Council Blog

Written monthly, this blog intends to foster discussion around important Bay-Delta questions. The first post was co-written by Executive Officer Jessica Pearson and Lead Scientist John Callaway after a discussion series hosted by the Council during its summer 2018 meetings that focused on using data to drive decision-making and science governance.

Operation Baseline Science and Monitoring Needs

A memorandum by the San Francisco Estuary Institute summarizing the outcomes of the Delta Science Program's May 2018 workshop and related surveys on the science and monitoring needs related to the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District's Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade is now available.

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62 Applications Received for Delta Science Proposal Solicitation

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Delta Science Program, with support from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, received 62 applications for the Delta Science Proposal Solicitation. Common themes among the applications addressed monitoring, data management, and modeling, as well as interactions between stressors, managed species, and communities. Proposals were due by 4:00 PM PDT on October 26, 2018.

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Draft Delta Science Plan Update

Per the Delta Science Program's request, the draft updated Delta Science Plan is undergoing review by the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB). The draft updated Delta Science Plan, a framework to guide collaborative approaches to develop and communicate shared scientific knowledge that informs policy, management, and the public, resulting in effective action in the Delta.

Final Delta ISB Water Quality Review Now Available

The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) has finished its review of the scientific basis for assessing water quality in the Delta. This review focuses on contaminants and nutrients in the Delta, and on how findings about them have been sometimes used and sometimes neglected in decisions related to ecosystem health. With the completion of this review, the Delta ISB is committed to undertake an active outreach effort to engage the community about the findings and recommendations from this review.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) Teleconference on August 10 in Sacramento

On August 10, 2018, the Delta ISB will discuss the draft prospectus for its ecosystems review, and the status of other reviews.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) Meeting on July 12 in Sacramento

On July 12, 2018, the Delta ISB will discuss the status of current reviews and will consider finalizing the summary sheet for its habitat restoration review. Outside of the usual business matters, the Delta ISB will moderate a panel discussion with monitoring programs that collect data at a national or regional scale that includes the Bay-Delta to help inform the review on the Delta Monitoring Enterprise.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Created by State Fellow Heidi Williams, this guide is as a resource to learn more about this integral place in California. It begins with the basics of what the Delta is, where it is, and why it’s important; followed sections on its history, its people, and the animals and plants as well as some of the environmental challenges and how agencies and managers are trying to manage them.

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Brown Bag Seminar Series: IEP Science and Management

This Brown Bag Series will highlight how research and monitoring performed by the Interagency Ecological Program is relevant to decisions being made in the Delta. Speakers are Vanessa Tobias (6.26), Lauren Damon (7.24), and Louise Conrad (10.23) discussing the open data movement, Delta Smelt reproduction and resilience, and ecological syntheses.

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Operation Baseline

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San) is currently constructing new treatment facilities at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. These upgrades will dramatically alter nitrogen levels and forms in the Sacramento River. To understand how this will effect the Delta ecosystem, a baseline needs to be established. Operation Baseline is a set of studies funded by the Delta Stewardship Council to fulfill this need.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) Teleconference on June 1 in Sacramento

On June 1, 2018, the Delta ISB will discuss its review of the synthesis papers developed as part of the Delta Stewardship Council’s process to amend the ecosystem chapter of the Delta Plan. The Delta ISB may take action by considering approval of the review’s content. In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss the status of other current reviews.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet May 3 in Sacramento

On May 3, 2018, the Delta ISB will consider approving the content of its water quality review on nutrients and chemical contaminants. In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss its review on the synthesis papers of the Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment, and may take action by considering approval of the content of the review.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) Teleconference on Apr 3 in Sacramento

On April 3, 2018, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet to discuss the process for reviewing the synthesis papers for the Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment, whether the revised prospectus for the water supply reliability review adequately addresses public comments, and the status of other reviews.


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)