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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Blog round-up: Bloggers on Delta Plan lawsuits, the BDCP, and regional issues, plus data visualizations, Aquapedia, a super cool party trick, and more!

Welcome to Tuesday’s blog round-up!  This week’s round-up is action packed, so let’s get started. So why did the exporters sue over the Delta Plan?  Alex Breitler says the topic has come up:  “The question came up at yesterday’s local Advisory Water Commission meeting: Why did water exporters sue over the Delta Plan? Delta-area folks think they’re clearly getting 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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Science news and reports: Tidal marsh restoration, subsided islands, GRACE satellite imagery, adaptive management, declining snowpacks and more!

Will tidal marsh restoration make a difference in the Delta?  The BDCP calls for extensive tidal marsh restoration, relying on the benefits to offset the impacts of water diversions.  But will this be effective?  The recent conference at UC Davis highlighted the uncertainties of tidal marsh restoration to native fish species, especially considering other factors that may be in play:  […]

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California representatives meet with Secretary Jewell; Continue to oppose the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From Congressman Garamendi’s office: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, several U.S. Representatives from northern California met with Secretary Sally Jewell of the U.S. Department of the Interior to discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The members expressed their opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s flawed plan for the BDCP and lack of input from stakeholders in the Bay-Delta Region. “I appreciate […]

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Delta Vision Foundation issues 2013 report card: Tunnel vision not enough

From the Delta Vision Foundation: California decision makers are focusing their efforts on specific problems plaguing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta but could accomplish more by incorporating linked system-wide solutions. That’s the message the Delta Vision Foundation sent today to the Governor’s Administration, State agencies, California Legislature, and Federal agencies upon releasing the 2013 Delta Vision Report Card. “The level of […]

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Court documents: Yet another lawsuit against the Delta Plan (updated)

There are so many of them, it’s easy to lose track!  The latest lawsuit, filed last Friday in Sacramento County Superior Court by the North Coast Rivers Alliance, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Associations and Winnemem Wintu (McCloud River) Tribe, alleges the recently-adopted Delta Plan and PEIR violate CEQ by failing to examine the […]

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