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State of Bay-Delta Science: List of Publications

1st Edition – The State of Bay-Delta Science, 2008

The State of Bay-Delta Science (SBDS) 2008 comprises eight chapters describing our understanding of the California Delta and what it means for policymaking. The chapters were written by respected scientists from government and academia for a target audience of managers, policymakers and interested laypeople.


2nd Edition – The State of Bay-Delta Science, 2016

SBDS 2016 is a collection of peer-reviewed articles that summarize the current scientific understanding of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The articles were written for a scientific audience and published in the open-access San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science online journal. In addition, two members of the editorial board prepared a summary for policymakers, The Delta on Fast Forward: Thinking Beyond the Next Crisis.


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To watch the State of Bay-Delta Science video, please click here. (runs 2:54)


San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science journal articles


September 2015 – Volume 13, Issue 3


Challenges Facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Complex, Chaotic, or Simply Cantankerous?


Sam Luoma, Cliff Dahm, Michael Healey, Johnnie Moore



July 2016 – Volume 14, Issue 2

The State of Bay–Delta Science 2016 – An Introduction

Michael Healey, Peter Goodwin, Michael Dettinger, Richard Norgaard


Delta Smelt: Life History and Decline of a Once Abundant Species in the San Francisco Estuary

Peter Moyle, Larry Brown, John Durand, James Hobbs


Anadromous Salmonids in the Delta: New Science 2006–2016

Russ Perry, Rebecca Buchanan, Pat Brandes, Jon Burau, Josh Israel


Predation on Fishes in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

Gary D. Grossman


The Delta as Changing Landscapes

John Wiens, Letitia Grenier, Robin Grossinger, Michael Healey



October 2016 – Volume 14, Issue 3

Food Webs of the Delta, Suisun Bay, and Suisun Marsh: An Update on Current Understanding and Possibilities for Management

Larry Brown, Wim Kimmerer, J. Louise Conrad, Sarah Lesmeister, Anke Mueller-Solger


Climate Change and the Delta

Michael Dettinger, Jamie Anderson, Michael Anderson, Larry Brown, Daniel Cayan, Edwin Maurer


California’s Agricultural and Urban Water Supply Reliability and the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta

Jay Lund



December 2016 – Volume 14, Issue 4

Recent Advances in Understanding Flow Dynamics and Transport of Water-Quality Constituents in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta

David Schoellhamer, Scott Wright, Stephen Monismith, Brian Bergamaschi


An Overview of Multi-dimensional Models of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: What They Can Tell Us About the Distribution and Movement of Fish and Food Organisms and How Future Delta Conditions Will Affect Fish and Water Supply

Michael MacWilliams, Eli Ateljevich, Stephen Monismith, Chris Enright


Factors and Processes Affecting Delta Levee System Vulnerability

Steven Deverel, Sandra Bachand, Scott Brandenberg, Cathleen Jones, Jonathan Stewart, Paolo Zimmaro


Nutrient Dynamics of the Delta: Effects on Primary Producers

Clifford Dahm, Alexander Parker, Anne Adelson, Mairgareth Christman, Brian Bergamaschi


Contaminant Effects on California Bay–Delta Species and Human Health

Stephanie Fong, Stephen Louie, Inge Werner, Jay Davis, Richard Connon


Perspectives on Bay–Delta Science and Policy

Michael Healey, Michael Dettinger, Richard Norgaard

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)