Farms as floodplains: A summary after five years of experimental flooding of agricultural land

Studies show the rice-field fish are larger, healthier and more robust than those in the river at the same age One of the recent and notable success stories for California has been the ongoing studies in the Yolo Bypass to use flooded rice fields as habitat for young migrating salmon. The results from the five years of study show 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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Delta Narratives, pt 4: Writers and artists in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Dr. Gregg Camfield surveys literature written about the Delta, focusing on an American humorist’s vision of Benicia “Stories matter. Contemporary neuroscience fairly certainly supports our basic intuition that individual human beings construct their identities out of stories, and what is true for individuals is also true, though usually in a more complex way, for cultures,” writes Dr. Gregg Camfield in […]

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Delta Narratives, pt. 3: Building Communities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Economics and Ethnicity

Dr. Jennifer Helzer and Dr. Bob Benedetti look at the diverse cultures that shaped the communities of the Delta Throughout history, the Delta has been a crossroads – a place of environmental change and agricultural fortune, as well as a destination for newcomers as diverse cultures forged distinct communities during the Delta’s land reclamation phase and subsequent agricultural development. The […]

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Delta Narratives, pt. 2: Stitching a River Culture: Trade, Transportation and Communication in the Delta

The Delta Narratives project continues with a look at the history of boating, trains, trucks, and mechanical innovation in the Delta In 2014, the Delta Protection Commission funded the Delta Narratives project, teaming up with scholars, regional museums and others to tell the story of the Delta and to communicate its importance to California’s and the nation’s history. “The imprint […]

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Delta Narratives, pt 1: Managing the Garden: Agriculture, Reclamation, and Restoration in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The Delta Protection Commission’s Delta Narratives project seeks to tell the human story of the Delta “These days the Delta is most often considered a reservoir or a habitat,” begins the introduction to the Delta Narratives report.  “Although it has at times been referred to as “the heart of California” because of its centrality and rich natural endowment, its history […]

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Complex water governance in the California Delta

Dr. Mark Lubell shares his research which is geared at understanding the nature of institutional connectivity and interactions governing the socially and ecologically complex Bay Delta system Dr. Mark Lubell is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, as well as Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior.  In the Brown Bag […]

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Sacramento Delta Levees: Radar-based monitoring from 41,000 feet

NASA’s Dr. Cathleen Jones discusses an ongoing pilot study that uses radar technology to monitor Delta levees Monitoring levees is currently done using ground-level observations and instrumentation, but with over a thousand miles of levees in the Delta, remote sensing could turn out to be a game-changing technology for determining the health and status of levees on a broad scale. […]

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