BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Dr. Clifford Dahm on Data, Decisions, Delta Science Program, and Delta Directions

Dr. Clifford Dahm is an internationally recognized expert in aquatic ecology, climatology, and restoration biology, and he is professor emeritus of biology at the University of New Mexico.  He was unanimously appointed to the Delta Stewardship Council as lead scientist of the Delta Science Program in 2015, a post he previously held from 2008 to 2012. At the Bay Delta […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Felicia Marcus on the use of science in complex public policy decision making

The Bay Delta Science Conference, held in November in Sacramento, brought together more than a thousand scientists, engineers and resource managers to exchange ideas, learn about problem-solving science, and explore creative solutions to the Delta’s and San Francisco Bay’s myriad of problems. As Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, Felicia Marcus is a consumer of the science produced […]

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BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: Dr. Peter Moyle on academic research, Delta smelt, and public policy: a personal history

Protection of the Bay-Delta ecosystem is at a pivotal point. The system has endured devastating drought cycles and often competing priorities that seek to supply water for both cities and farms as well as improve the aquatic ecosystem for fisheries, recreation and tourism. Achieving these co-equal goals requires science that expands our knowledge of ecosystem responses, produces data that directly […]

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The Delta Landscapes project: Creating a spatial framework to inform restoration planning

A new report uses landscape metrics in both the historical and contemporary Delta to help define, design, and evaluate functional, resilient landscapes for the estuary’s future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan; those goals include restoring large areas of interconnected habitats within the Delta and […]

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Heather Cooley: The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply: Efficiency, Reuse, and Stormwater

Recent study by the Pacific Institute and the NRDC show that there is potential water savings equivalent to 10.8 to 13.7 MAF per year At the Bay Delta Science Conference held last fall, Heather Cooley from the Pacific Institute gave a presentation entitled, “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” which draws on a series of reports jointly released by […]

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Dr. Tracy Collier with the Delta ISB review of the BDCP Draft EIR/S, particularly regarding reliance on habitat restoration

The Delta Independent Science Board (DISB) completed its review of the draft EIR/EIS for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) in May, 2014.  While the ISB recognized the many strengths embedded within the BDCP and its associated environmental documents, the review also identified several substantive shortcomings in the technical underpinnings of project impacts and mitigation.  These are all summarized in […]

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Matt Nobriga: The utilization of tidal marshes by fishes of the Upper San Francisco Estuary

At the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference,  Matt Nobriga, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gave this presentation on how fish utilize tidal marshes in the Delta.  He began by noting that the despite a lot of research over the past decades, there is still much uncertainty regarding tidal marsh restoration. The first issue of the […]

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Dr. Peter Moyle: Novel Ecosystems of the Suisun Marsh and the Delta – A New Reality

The Delta of our modern times bears little resemblance to its historical self, a mix of native and non-native species existing in an environment that has been long been sculpted to suit society’s purposes.  Dr. Peter Moyle, Associate Director for UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and professor with the Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology Department, describes the resulting Delta […]

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Chris Enright: Direct and Indirect Effects of Large-Scale Restoration and Implications for Science and Management

Chris Enright began by saying that the title was quite a large topic, so he would be concentrating on physical processes to make larger points centered around tidal energy. “Tidal energy really is the primary driver down in the estuary,” he said. “Tidal energy starts a cascade of physical processes that affects and controls tidal range, tidal currents, sheer stresses […]

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Bruce Herbold: The Value of Wetlands to Fish

Bruce Herbold began by telling a personal story. “I have some friends in Austria, and the dearest of them, her father, when he retired, took the family’s fortune and retired out into the countryside where he built a very large house,” he said. “And after he’d been living out there for awhile, he died. So her inheritance was a completely […]

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