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Your Comments are Requested on the Draft Science Action Agenda by May 10, 2017

The Delta Science Program is seeking public comment on the Draft 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda, a four-year science agenda for the Delta, developed through an open process working closely with the broad Delta science and management community. Please click here for more information.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet April 13 in Sacramento

On April 13, 2017, The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will take action on the Delta as an Evolving Place final draft. The Delta ISB will discuss its review comments on the EcoRestore Adaptive Management Program White Paper, and on the California WaterFix Final EIR/S, and initiate a review of the Draft 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda.

The New Issue of SFEWS: A Central Valley Joint Venture Special Issue

Volume 15, Issue 1 of the free SFEWS online journal addresses the challenges of setting conservation objectives for birds in the Central Valley. Despite massive losses of habitat, the Central Valley’s wetlands, riparian forests, and grassland–oak savannah woodlands still provide some of the most important bird habitat in North America. Nearly three million ducks, two million geese, and 350,000 shorebirds continue to overwinter in this region, making the Central Valley an internationally important area for migratory waterbirds in the Pacific Flyway. Prioritization of conservation actions in that region for these waterbirds and landbirds is a critical step toward increasing their populations.

Keep Up on the Big Picture with the March Issue of Estuary News

The March 2017 issue of Estuary News includes articles from flood control in creeks and innovative engineering for moving mud, to hull paint, and a new guide to renewing the Delta. 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

March 21 Brown Bag – Constructed Wetlands as a Sustainable Approach for Treating Emerging Organic Chemicals of Concern

Dr. Cooper’s research interests include sunlight-mediated photochemical reactions in natural waters and free radical chemistry of aqueous solutions. Recently, he has been involved in the application of ozonation for ballast water. This Brown Bag seminar is one of a series showcasing the work of candidates for the Delta Lead Scientist position.

California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2A and 2B Reports

At the request of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS), and the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, select staff from the Council’s Delta Science Program convened Phases 2A and 2B of the CA WaterFix (CWF) Aquatic Science Review. Phase 2A reviewed the 2081(b) Incidental Take Permit application analyses and draft Adaptive Management Framework for CWF. Phase 2B reviewed sections of the NMFS’ and FWS’ draft Biological Opinions and a proposed approach to establishing Longfin Smelt outflow criteria for the 2081(b) Incidental Take Permit analyses for CWF. The peer review reports for both Phases 2A and 2B have been completed.

March 20 Brown Bag – Understanding Mud and Carbon in the San Francisco Bay Wetlands, Insights for Incorporating Science into Management

Dr. Callaway’s expertise is in wetland restoration, specifically wetland plant ecology and sediment dynamics. His recent research projects focus on the development of restored wetlands, including evaluations of the importance of plant species diversity and the role of physical heterogeneity in the development of ecosystem functions. This Brown Bag seminar is one of a series showcasing the work of candidates for the Delta Lead Scientist position.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet March 16-17 in Sacramento

On March 16-17, 2017 the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will discuss its review of the California WaterFix Final EIR/S, public comments received on the Comprehensive Assessment of the Monitoring Enterprise draft planning prospectus, and status of its Water Quality and Delta as an Evolving Place thematic reviews.

Brown Bag Seminars Showcase Candidates for Delta Lead Scientist Position

Presented by the Delta Stewardship Council and the U.S. Geological Survey, the Seminars allow the Candidates to showcase their presentations. 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.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet February 16 in Sacramento

On Feburary 16, 2017, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will finalize its review of the State Water Resources Control Board’s working draft Scientific Basis Report for Phase 2 of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan. The Delta ISB will prepare for its review of the California WaterFix Final EIR/S and hear updates on its thematic reviews.

Free Joint Symposium: Contaminants in the San Francisco Bay-Delta: Novel Tools and Approaches to Evaluate Effects of Multiple Stressors

This day-long symposium on Jan. 31 will provide an overview of the impacts of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems, emphasizing novel tools and approaches developed for toxicological studies. Speakers will be presenting on the current state of research, latest technologies, and implications for management decisions. It's free and open to the public. For more info and to register, please click the "Read More" button.

California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review

Phase 2B of the independent scientific peer review for sections of the NMFS’ and FWS’ Biological Opinions and a proposed approach to establishing Longfin Smelt outflow criteria will take place January 23-24, 2017.

The New Issue of SFEWS Offers the Final State of Bay-Delta Science 2016 Reports

Volume 14, Issue 4 of the free SFEWS online journal examines the latest scientific information about the recent advances in understanding flow dynamics and the transport of water-quailty constituents in the Delta, an overview of multi-dimentional models of the Delta, and factors and processes affecting Delta levee system vulnerability. The issue also includes papers on nutrient dynamics of the Delta, contaminant effects on Delta species and human health, and perspectives on Bay-Delta science and policy. These articles and others form the chapters of the Council's State of Bay-Delta Science 2016.

Jan. 12 Brown Bag – Flow Dynamics and Transport of Water-Quality Constituents in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta

Over the past decade considerable advances have occurred in the understanding of flow dynamics and how water-quality elements move within the Bay-Delta. Dr. Schoellhamer will discuss these advances focusing on five specific topics. His recent report on this issue will be included in The State of Bay-Delta Science (SBDS) 2016. This Brown Bag seminar is one of a series showcasing the State of Bay-Delta Science 2016.

Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) To Meet January 12-13 in Sacramento

On Jan. 12 the Delta Independent Science Board will discuss its review of the State Water Resources Control Board’s working draft Scientific Basis Report for Phase 2 of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan update. Action on this item will be taken on Jan. 13. Also on Jan. 13, other current and upcoming review efforts will be discussed, including a briefing on a draft Delta Plan performance measures amendment. Both days of the meeting will be webcast.

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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)