BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Ecosystem services, conservation, and the Delta

Second part of a three part series investigating ecosystem services and what it means for science in the Delta Ecosystems are the communities that are formed by the interaction between living things such as plants, wildlife, and humans, and non-living things, such as the air, water, and soil. Humans are both part of ecosystems and a beneficiary of ecosystems in […]

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Towards multi-functional resilient landscapes: environmental heterogeneity as a bridge among diverse ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the many and varied benefits that humans freely gain from the natural environment and from properly-functioning ecosystems that provide things such as food and fiber, timber, fish, and wildlife. Studies in ecosystem services estimate the ways ecosystems benefit us, be it by providing food, regulating floods, or creating a feeling of well-being. In early 2018, the Delta […]

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June 2019 Issue of ESTUARY News – Water, Environment, Climate, Equity

The June issue of Estuary News is now available online. This issue explores the rainbow flavors of infrastructure — green, blue, living, nature-based, and multi-benefit. As regional regulators require more from municipalities on the stormwater management front, many are developing more specific plans, building demo projects, and expanding rain gardens, pervious parking lots, and tree wells. This issue also describes […]

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SF ESTUARY & WATERSHED SCIENCE: Ten Essential Bay‒Delta Articles; Geospatial tools and water budgets for the Delta; 20th century outflow and salinity intrusion; Management of invasive water hyacinth

In this edition of the San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science journal: ESSAY Ten Essential Bay‒Delta Articles Ted Sommer, J. Louise Conrad, and Steven Culberson DOI // URL RESEARCH Geospatial Tools for the Large-Scale Monitoring of Wetlands in the San Francisco Estuary: Opportunities and Challenges Sophie Taddeo and Iryna Dronova DOI // URL Water Budgets for the Delta Watershed: Putting Together the Many Disparate […]

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 4: Case studies from the Bay Delta system

Presentations highlight the Montezuma Wetlands Project and the Nigiri Project Adaptive management is widely regarded as an effective approach to environmental management in the face of uncertainty because the approach provides a way to build science and learning into management practices under changing conditions.  And while implementation of adaptive management is still challenging in the Delta, there are some examples […]

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 3: Challenges and lessons learned with adaptive management in the Bay-Delta

Panel of Delta project managers discuss how they apply adaptive management in their projects Adaptive management is defined in the Delta Reform Act as “a framework and flexible decision making process for ongoing knowledge acquisition, monitoring, and evaluation leading to continuous improvements in management planning and implementation of a project to achieve specified objectives”.  Although the Delta Reform Act calls […]

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 2: How adaptive management is applied in other ecosystems

Presentations highlight structured decision making, collective action on invasive species, and a scoring system for restoration projects Adaptive management is a strategy for making management decisions under uncertain conditions using the best available science rather than repeatedly delaying action until more information is available.  The adaptive management approach integrates learning into management decisions and providing an approach to revise projects […]

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ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT FORUM, Part 1: Panel shares perspectives on and experience with adaptive management

Panelists discuss what adaptive management is in a practical sense and how it can effectively be implemented in the Delta Adaptive management is widely regarded as an effective approach to environmental management in the face of uncertainty because the approach provides a way to build science and learning into management practices under changing conditions.  However, while adaptive management has been […]

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SAN FRANCISCO ESTUARY & WATERSHED JOURNAL: Freshwater flows in the Delta, Importance of wetland habitats to waterbirds, Abundance of salmon on the Stanislaus, Largemouth bass diets, Fishing trawls

In this issue: Clarifying Effects of Environmental Protections on Freshwater Flows to—and Water Exports from—the San Francisco Bay Estuary: Gregory J. Reis, Jeanette K. Howard, and Jonathan A. Rosenfield DOI: https://doi.org/10.15447/sfews.2019v17iss1art1 The Relative Importance of Agricultural and Wetland Habitats to Waterbirds in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta of California David Shuford, Matthew E. Reiter, Kristin A. Sesser, Catherine M. Hickey, and […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Smelt in Hot Water: Is Thermal Stress the Final Blow for Delta Smelt?

Studies show fall water temperatures may play more of a role in Delta smelt survival than flow augmentation Managing freshwater outflow in late winter-early spring to maintain the Low-Salinity Zone in Suisun Bay has been one of the primary management strategies for supporting Delta Smelt and their habitat. Meanwhile, fall flows have declined over time due to freshwater exports and […]

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