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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Adaptive approaches to wetland restoration in Southern California

Delta Independent Science Board member Dr. Joy Zedler shares her insights on the ups and downs of coastal wetland restoration and its implications for restoration in the Delta Habitat restoration is a complex process, full of uncertainties and difficult to get right.  In this brown bag seminar, Delta Independent Science Board member Dr. Joy Zedler shares her research and insights […]

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Improving adaptive management in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Report looks at how adaptive management is perceived and used in the Delta, and how it might be applied more efficiently and effectively The Delta Independent Science Board was created by the 2009 Delta Reform Act and charged with providing oversight of the scientific programs that support adaptive management of the Delta through period reviews, and providing a report to […]

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New report synthesizes what is known – and not known – about the life of a Delta smelt

The Interagency Ecological Program releases the peer-reviewed report, An updated conceptual model of Delta smelt biology: our evolving understanding of an estuarine fish The Delta smelt is perhaps California’s most famous fish, having found itself placed firmly in the center of courtroom battles and water project operations. Once abundant throughout the estuary, the Delta smelt has been protected under federal […]

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Ecosystem Modeling to Support Adaptive Management – Lessons from 40 years of Decision Support for the Great Lakes

Managing large interconnected systems of water bodies presents complex challenges, and model simulations are an essential tool.  For many years, the Great Lakes community has used models to support management of their system.  The complexity of the Bay Delta system presents similar challenges. Adaptive management will be critical, given climate change and other uncertainties.  This presentation provides lessons learned from […]

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The Delta Stewardship Council hears an update on the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program (CSAMP)

At the March meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the co-chairs of the Collaborative Adaptive Management Team (CAMT),  Dr. Valerie Connor with the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency and Leo Winternitz with GEI Consultants gave an update on the Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Process (CSAMP). Reiner Hoenicke, Deputy Executive Director for the Science Program, began by noting that […]

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