Maven’s Minutes: Second draft of the Delta Science Plan makes its debut

At the August 22nd meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Lead Scientist Dr. Peter Goodwin gave a preview of the second draft of the Delta Science Plan.  Since the draft was just released, he will return in September to give a more detailed presentation once the Council members have had a chance to review it.  “What we’d like to do […]

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Second draft of the Delta Science Plan now posted

The second draft of the Delta Science Plan has now been posted at the Delta Stewardship Council website and is available for public comment. The Delta Science Plan is being developed by the Delta Science Program to create a scientific infrastructure that will provide the timely and relevant scientific information to decision makers that is needed for making effective policy […]

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Fish Restoration Program Agreement update: Propsect Island, groundwater monitoring and more

From the Department of Water Resources, this update on the latest activities of the Fish Restoration Program Agreement (FRPA): Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project – Environmental Review Process DWR and CDFW recently held a public comment period on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project. The comment […]

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Delta Stewardship Council meeting, part 2: An update on Delta restoration projects, and scientists discuss the challenges of restoration

With large restoration acreage targets and potentially billions of dollars to be spent by multiple agencies on restoration in the Delta, these multiple efforts must be effective and coordinated if the coequal goal of restoring the Delta’s ecosystem is to be achieved.  The Delta Stewardship Council focused on habitat restoration at their July 25th meeting with Agenda Item 9, Habitat […]

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Science news from the Delta Stewardship Council meeting: First draft of the Delta Science Plan, the CSAMP team, new Delta science research and more

Just how science and policy will be linked together, developing a science agenda and other elements that are included in the first draft of the Delta Science Plan were discussed at the June 27th Delta Stewardship Council meeting as the Council was presented with the first draft of the ambitious plan.  Council members also heard a report on the Collaborative […]

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Maven’s Minutes: PPIC Panel discusses how science is done in the Delta

In April of 2013, the Public Policy Institute of California released the report, Stress Relief: Prescriptions for a Helathier Delta, which identified steps the state could take to manage the Delta and improve ecosystem health. One of the problems the report identified is that science itself has become a source of conflict in the Delta, and the report recommends the […]

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Creating a policy-science interface: The Delta Science Plan

Creating an effective interface for decision makers and scientists to communicate and coordinating science efforts across the multiple entities doing science in the Delta are some of the ambitious goals of a unique and little-known planning process currently underway: the creation of a Delta Science Plan. The Delta Science Program and Lead Scientist Dr. Peter Goodwin are developing the science […]

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Latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science journal now online

The latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science is now available online. In this issue: Hydrodynamic Simulation of Circulation and Residence Time in Clifton Court Forebay, by Michael L. MacWilliams and Edward S. Gross Salmon Lifecycle Considerations to Guide Stream Management: Examples from California’s Central Valley, by Joseph Merz, Michelle Workman, Doug Threloff, and Brad Cavallo Fate […]

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Maven’s Minutes: PPIC panel talks adaptive management

In April of 2013, the Public Policy Institute of California released the report, Stress Relief: Prescriptions for  Healthier Delta Ecosystem, which noted that the state is at a critical juncture with adoption and forthcoming implementation of the first “Delta Plan” and a decision on the BDCP possible by early next year.  “But California still faces an uphill battle to incorporate […]

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Special feature: Prominent scientists discuss “collaborative science” at Interagency Ecological Program Annual Workshop

“Science, once siloed and hyper-competitive, is becoming increasingly collaborative in the face of the high cost of research and the need for speed in discovery,” wrote Reuter’s News Service in their 2012 Annual Report. Indeed, “collaborative science” is the new buzz word that everybody’s using, but the term can mean different things to different people.  Since the Interagency Ecological Program […]

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