BROWN BAG SEMINAR: The Delta as Changing Landscapes

Letitia Grenier is the principal investigator for the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Delta Landscapes project, which recently completed an in-depth analysis on the change in the Delta overtime and is now offering science-based guidance on how the Delta’s ecosystem health can be recovered as part of a working landscape.  Ms. Grenier is one of a number of authors on the […]

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Flow Dynamics and Transport of Water-Quality Constituents in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta

Dr. David Schoellhamer, Research Hydrologist for the USGS, earned his bachelors degree in civil engineering from UC Davis and a doctorate in Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering from University of Florida.  He has studied sediment transport in the San Francisco Estuary since 1993.  He was the lead author for the chapter on flow dynamics and transport of water quality constituents in […]

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Mercury and rice in the Delta: Lessons linking wetlands to water and wildlife

Dr. Lisamarie Windham-Myers is an ecosystem ecologist specializing in wetlands.  As an ecosystems ecologist, she works across a broad spectrum of wetland types on issues related to carbon, nutrient, and mercury cycling.  While her focus on mercury began in New Jersey meadowlands, Lisa is an active researcher in the biogeochemistry on all U.S. coasts, and for the past 12 years, […]

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Special issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science focuses on the Central Valley Joint Venture

The latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science journal is now available online.  This special issue focuses on the Central Valley Joint Venture. 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, […]

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Science Enterprise Workshop proceedings report now available online

The Science Enterprise Workshop was held on November 1-2, 2016, at UC Davis and brought together scientists and science-policy experts from across the country to share information about how collaborative science is funded, managed, and communicated in several high-profile and complex ecosystems: the California Bay-Delta; the Chesapeake Bay and Watershed; Coastal Louisiana; the Great Lakes; the Greater Everglades Ecosystem; and […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Lost in translation: The art of interpreting complex science for policymakers

Effectively communicating complex science to policy- and decision-makers is critical for managing the Delta, but the science needs to be useful as well as usable.  The State of Bay-Delta Science (SBDS) is a synthesis of current scientific understanding of the Bay-Delta; it brings together progress on key research questions, identifies knowledge gaps, and explores policy implications of current science and […]

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BAY-DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Problems and promise of restoring tidal marsh to benefit native fishes

Dr. John Durand discusses the effectiveness of existing and proposed tidal marsh restoration sites in the Suisun Marsh and the Delta Implementing aquatic restoration projects that scale appropriately with seasonal flows, tidal energy, and food production remains a challenge in the highly disturbed Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Bay. Many restoration projects may achieve aesthetically pleasing results that will offer […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: The effects of water project operations on juvenile salmon survival in the Delta

Literature, data review, and recommendations for future salmonid investigations Survival for migrating juvenile chinook salmon has been low for those on the San Joaquin River, averaging approximately 5% since 2002.  Survival is more variable for Sacramento River chinook salmon, and survival data are limited for steelhead.  While water export operations contribute to salmonid mortality by way of direct mortality at […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Managing the state and federal water projects: The Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program

Part 1: Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program: Moving from Litigation to Collaboration The Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program (CSAMP) is an applied science program specifically designed to inform decisions regarding operations of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project and species protection in the Delta. The Program was established in 2013 as an outgrowth of litigation […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: A Tale of Two Deltas: A Comparison of Transport Processes in the Predevelopment and Contemporary Delta

Modification of the Delta’s landscape has fundamentally changed hydrodynamic and transport processes in the Delta. In this presentation, Jon Burau, Project Chief for the USGS, compares the transport processes in the historical and contemporary Delta based on insights gained from field experiments and numerical model results. Jon Burau began by noting that the predevelopment Delta was a dendritic system, which […]

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