Science Communication

The Delta Science Program recognizes that communication is essential to building the Delta science community and delivering pertinent information to scientists, decision-makers, the public, and other stakeholders. Effective science communication transforms information into knowledge, and knowledge into action. The Delta Science Program communicates science to a wide range of audiences through hosting events, supporting various publications, and generating outreach materials.


The Delta Science Program organizes and sponsors conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops, reviews, interagency forums, and other events. View our events calendar.

Bay-Delta Science Conference

A biennial forum for presenting science results relevant to the Bay-Delta. The next conference will occur in Sacramento in early 2021.

Brown Bag Seminars

Brown bag seminars are lunchtime talks that increase knowledge among Delta scientists and stakeholders. They are free and open to the public.


1-2 day long symposia increase knowledge among Delta stakeholders. They are often in partnership with UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute and are free to the public. Many produce synthesis documents.


Workshops unite scientists, managers, and other stakeholders towards unified goals. Workshops are also used to inform science synthesis efforts.


Reviews bring together independent scientific experts to ensure credible and legitimate science is available to decision-makers.

Interagency Forums

Interagency forums facilitate collaboration on science and management efforts. Examples include the Integrated Modeling Steering Committee and Interagency Adaptive Management Integration Team.


San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science (SFEWS)

SFEWS is an open access, peer-reviewed, academic journal that publishes research about the science and resource management of San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and the upstream watersheds. The journal is funded by the Delta Stewardship Council, with support from the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment and the eScholarship Publishing group.

Estuary News

The Delta Stewardship Council is a core funder of Estuary News. This quarterly publication has been in operation for over 25 years and reports on a wide range of Delta and San Francisco Estuary watershed news. It is available in print and online.

Maven’s Notebook

Maven’s Notebook is an independent website that covers California water news. It features original news as well as curated content. It focuses on the major water planning processes currently underway in California as well as the latest developments in Delta science. The Delta Stewardship Council provides funding for Maven’s Notebook.

Nutria Pocket Guide

During a California Department of Fish and Wildlife interagency nutria coordination meeting in the fall of 2018, county agricultural commissioners and federal, state, and county agencies and organizations expressed the need for nutria outreach materials. The group requested a pocket-sized, field-friendly identification pamphlet that can be widely distributed to landowners, field staff, and other interested members of the public.

Science News

Science News was a newsletter that covered Delta science. It was published under the CALFED Science Program, the predecessor of the Delta Science Program, from 2007 to 2008 and was continued by the Delta Science Program until 2013.