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The Sept. 2017 issue of ESTUARY News includes articles on exploring the Delta's heritage, Bay Area water districts crafting drought contigency plans, and how a 25-year old program could be a beacon of environmental protection. To help keep you up-to-date on what’s happening throughout the estuary, the Council helps sponsor this quarterly publication of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. You can receive ESTUARY News for free by signing up at: www.sfestuary.org/estuary-news
On October 19, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will discuss progress on current reviews on water quality and monitoring, the status of the one-page summary sheet for the Delta ISB’s adaptive management review, and the status of planning for reviews on the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP), water supply reliability, and ecosystems.
At its core the Science Action Agenda (SAA) is a four-year science agenda for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that prioritizes and aligns science actions to inform management decisions, fill gaps in knowledge, promote collaborative science, build the science infrastructure, and achieve the objectives of the Delta Science Plan.The new interactive SAA webpage offers more depth and clarity of the materials. All five of the thematic science action areas are listed, offering easy access to the 13 priority science actions and associated management needs listed in the document. To watch the video, click here.
Volume 15, Issue 3 of the free SFEWS online journal discusses the various projects and programs underway to enhance and preserve the Delta as an estuary, as well as the aquatic and terrestrial life that call the region home. Included are discussions about a monitoring network that provides quantitative information on the status of imperiled species at key life stages and geographic locations over time; large scale restoration of habitats requiring significant changes in waterways and land uses but fail to account for human uses that can lead to less public support for the restoration efforts; and restoration activities that are underway to recover a rockweed that was injured during the Cosco Busan oil spill in November 2007.
On Sept. 14, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will finalize its review of the Delta Plan Amendment for Conveyance, Storage Systems, and the Operation of Both (CSO). The Delta ISB will also discuss its current reviews, how to distribute one-page summaries for its reviews, and ideas for the next thematic reviews. Then, on Sept. 15, Cliff Feldheim, Chief of DWR’s Suisun Marsh Program, and Steve Chappell, Ex. Dir. of the Suisun Resource Conservation Dist., will lead a field tour in Suisun Marsh. On Sept. 14, Mr. Feldheim will provide an overview of the monitoring, research and restoration in Suisun Marsh. The public may join the field tour. However, transportation and lunch will not be provided.
Annie Daly will discuss how abandoned derelict vessels (ADVs) in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta impede navigation, interfere with boating traffic, and leak toxic chemicals into waterways. She has worked with the Delta Protection Commission and CDFW’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response and will present her research that examined aerial and on-water survey data, costs for vessel removal, and how other states handle ADVs. This information will help managers anticipate the resources needed to address the problem.
A panel of independent science experts will examine the analytical tools used in evaluating design alternatives being considered in the Yolo Bypass Fish Passage and Habitat Restoration Program Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) and Biological Assessment.
The Final Review Report from the independent scientific review of the Delta Regional Monitoring Program Monitoring Design is now available on the Delta Stewardship Council website.
On August 17, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will take action and approve the content of its review of the Delta Plan Amendment for Conveyance, Storage Systems, and the Operation of Both (CSO). In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss progress on current reviews, will brainstorm ideas for the next thematic reviews, and will discuss progress on developing one-page summary sheets for its reviews.
Dr. John Callaway, an internationally recognized expert in wetland restoration, specifically wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics, was unanimously appointed by the Council as Lead Scientist at the July 2017 meeting. Most recently, Dr. Callaway has served as the director of the Master’s Program in Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco. “I look forward to the continuing efforts of building a collaborative scientific community with its search for common truths on the many critical issues that face the Delta,” Dr. Callaway said. “The development of One Delta-One Science is clearly a project of critical importance to California that is helping set standards of how the best available science can more effectively inform the making of policy.”
Volume 15, Issue 2 of the free SFEWS online journal discusses the varying perspectives that emerge as one follows the downstream movement of river water through the Delta and into San Francisco Bay. But, is the water considered wasted if it's allowed to enter the ocean? And when discussing the population of certain bellwether fish species in the Delta, the word "exection" is sometimes included and can cause debate. In this edition the concept is addressed and is considered not inevitable in the short run, if the most current scientific understanding to manage the ecosystem is utilized and if bold steps towards recovery are initiated.
On July 13, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will hear from invited guests and the public to brainstorm priorities for its future reviews, discuss the Delta Plan Amendment for Conveyance, Storage Systems and the Operation of Both (CSO), and provide status updates on other reviews. On July 14, the Delta ISB will announce its recommendation for Delta Lead Scientist, will discuss future priorities, and will brainstorm how to improve the effectiveness of its future reviews and internal processes.
The June 2017 issue of Estuary News includes articles on re-oaking Silicon Valley, the development of price point for ecosystem services, and the comparison of two California estuaries: San Francisco and Tijuana. To help keep you up-to-date on what’s happening throughout the estuary, the Council helps sponsor this quarterly publication of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. You can receive ESTUARY News for free by signing up at: www.sfestuary.org/estuary-news
Presented by the Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Science Program, the CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, and the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. Each talk will take place from noon to 1 at the Park Tower Plaza, 980 Ninth St., 2nd Floor Conference Center in Sacramento. These seminars are free, open to the public, and will shown via WebEx.
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)