Judge O’Niell grants one-year extension on preparation of remanded Delta smelt and salmonid biological opinions

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. O’Niell has granted another one-year extension for preparation of the remanded salmon and Delta smelt biological opinions for the state and federal water projects.  In making his ruling, Judge O’Niell believes substantial progress has been made thus far, however, in order to address concerns of some of the participants, brief four-month progress reports will […]

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Keeping salinity in the Delta at bay during the drought

From the March issue of the San Francisco Estuary Partenrship’s ESTUARY News, this article written by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto: “As the dry, warm days went on
 and on and on this winter, two guys intimate with California’s Sacramento San Joaquin River delta shifted gears. One reassigned staff from flood to drought response, and the other lay awake at night imagin
ing […]

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The Independent Science Panel review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s Effects Analysis

On January 28 and 29, the Delta Science Program convened an independent science review panel for the third phase of the review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s Effects Analysis contained in Chapter 5 of the plan documents. The Effects Analysis evaluates the biological outcomes of the BDCP, or the impact of the plan’s actions on covered species; it is […]

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Delta Stewardship Council ‘accepts’ the first Delta Science Plan

After thousands of comments, several meetings, and three drafts, the first Delta Science Plan has been completed and accepted by the Delta Stewardship Council at their October 25 meeting. Lead scientist Dr. Goodwin began by noting that it is almost one year anniversary of when the science plan was started.  “We took on the moniker of “One Delta, One Science” […]

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Special edition of San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science Journal features 9 essays on science, policy, and the Delta

Volume 11, Issue 2 of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science is now available online. This is a special issue that features nine essays by top scientists who write about the need for and difficulty in using science to guide policy to solve problems surrounding the Bay-Delta and other imperiled environments.  In addition, two research papers presented in this issue […]

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Proposed final draft of the Delta Science Plan now posted

The proposed final draft of the Delta Science Plan is now posted and available at the Delta Stewardship Council website. Currently, science efforts in the Delta are performed by multiple agencies and organizations with the science community lacking the coordination, support, and tools that are needed to produce and communicate credible, relevant and legitimate science to  policymakers and managers.  The […]

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Dr. Goodwin presents the second draft of the Delta Science Plan to the Delta Stewardship Council

At the September 26 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Lead Scientist Dr. Peter Goodwin presented the second draft of the Delta Science Plan to Council members. Dr. Goodwin began by saying that he appreciated the comments received from the Delta Independent Science Board, who weighed in very heavily on the second draft.  “It seemed that most of the discussion […]

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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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