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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Delta Science Program, with support from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, are now accepting applications for the Delta Science Proposal Solicitation Notice. Proposals are due by 4:00 PM PDT on October 26, 2018.
Registration for the upcoming symposium, “Ecological and Physiological Impacts of Salinization of Aquatic Systems from Human Activities,” is open through September 21, 2018. Convened by the Delta Science Program and U.C. Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute, this symposium will shine a light on the impending salinization of Delta and estuarine systems as an under-appreciated component of global climate change.
On September 13, 2018, the Delta ISB will meet to discuss public comments received on its draft prospectus for the ecosystems review on the science of non-native species, and will decide whether to finalize the content of the prospectus. In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss the status of other reviews, including outreach for the completed water quality review, and reflect on the 2018 Bay-Delta Science Conference.
The Delta Science Program is seeking public comment on 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.
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.
On August 10, 2018, the Delta ISB will discuss the draft prospectus for its ecosystems review, and the status of other reviews.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Delta Science Program is leading the five-year review and update of the Delta Science Plan and requests input from the public and Delta science community regarding updates to the content of the document. Join us as we discuss the direction of the updated Science Plan and how you can contribute to its implementation.
On March 9, 2018, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet to discuss the status of addressing public comments on its draft water quality review, public comments received on its water supply reliability review draft prospectus, and the status of upcoming requests for review from the Delta Stewardship Council and the Delta Science Program.
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)