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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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Developing a Delta habitat restoration adaptive management program

Presentation covers what is adaptive management, why is it important, and why an adaptive management program is needed Habitat restoration is a key strategy in the Delta Plan to achieve the coequal goal of protecting, enhancing, and restoring the Delta ecosystem. Various efforts, including the California EcoRestore initiative and Proposition 1 grants administered by the Delta Conservancy and Department of […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Advancing Tidal Wetland Restoration in a Regional Adaptive Management Framework

Dr. Gerrit Platenkamp: Adaptive management in a regional context faces challenges with monitoring, experimentation, and adaptation At the Bay Delta Science Conference, Dr. Gerrit Platenkamp, Director of Biological Resources at ESA, gave this presentation on adaptive management and wetland restoration from a practitioner’s perspective.  “We’ve collectively worked on thousands of acres of tidal marsh restorations that have been put in […]

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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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Adaptive management of the nutrient problem in the Delta: Integrating science and policy

Dr. Lisa Thompson discusses the upgrades to Sacramento’s wastewater treatment plant; highlights a new study on the effects of wastewater effluent on phytoplankton In 2010, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District was issued stringent new treatment requirements from the State Water Resources Control Board that required them to make significant upgrades to their wastewater treatment plant by 2021-2023. At the […]

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Adaptive Management in Action: The South San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

The largest wetlands restoration project on the West Coast, the project provides a working example for an adaptive management framework applicable to other large habitat restoration projects San Francisco Bay, much like the Delta, has lost an estimated 85 percent of its historic wetlands to development and other human uses.  The dramatic decline in tidal marsh habitats has caused populations […]

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Integrated ecosystem modeling for adaptive management: Lessons from 40 years of decision support in the Great Lakes

Limnotech’s Dr. John Wolfe presents two case studies from the Great Lakes which utilized integrated modeling and adaptive management to solve ecosystem issues The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is no doubt a complex ecosystem, but it certainly is not the only one; the complexity and uncertainties facing the Bay-Delta system present challenges similar to those in the Great Lakes system.  In […]

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