BROWN BAG SEMINAR: The Delta as Changing Landscapes

Letitia Grenier is the principal investigator for the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Delta Landscapes project, which recently completed an in-depth analysis on the change in the Delta overtime and is now offering science-based guidance on how the Delta’s ecosystem health can be recovered as part of a working landscape.  Ms. Grenier is one of a number of authors on the […]

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DELTA PLAN INTERAGENCY IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE: Ecosystem Restoration Progress Update

Panel discusses the progress made on ecosystem restoration projects in the Delta At the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee meeting held in November, the last agenda item was an update on the restoration projects underway in the Delta.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Carl Wilcox briefed Committee members on the Delta Conservation Framework; and David Okita and Kris Tjernell […]

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Getting to the Bottom of It: An Overview of the Environmental Monitoring Program’s Benthic Monitoring in the Delta

DWR’s Dr. Betsy Wells takes a look at the creatures that live on the bottom of the Delta Creating a better understanding of bottom-dwelling, or benthic, invertebrate communities enhances our knowledge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. These communities are a crucial link in the Delta’s food web and are a classic bio-indicator of aquatic ecosystem health. In this seminar, […]

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State of Bay Delta Science 2016, part 2: Water quality and contaminant effects on species and water supply; The Bay-Delta food web; Delta landscape restoration

Stephanie Fong discusses what we know and don’t know about contaminants; Dr. Wim Kimmerer on Delta food web changes; and Robin Grossinger discusses restoration on a landscape scale The update to the landmark 2008 report, The State of Bay Delta Science, is due to be published later this year.  The update will highlight the latest research and developments in Delta […]

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, pt 1: Delta Challenges: Complex, Chaotic or Simply Cantankerous

The Committee discusses the challenges facing the Delta, and what their respective agencies are doing to address them As implementation of the first Delta Plan enters its third year, the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee held the second of two semi-annual meetings on November 16 in Sacramento. The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) is comprised of eighteen heads of […]

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Landscape-scale planning for ecological resilience in the Bay and Delta

Senior Scientist Robin Grossinger discusses the latest research working to develop tools and to understand how to build landscapes resilient to climate change and able to support native species into the future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan and other processes.  Even with restoration planned […]

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Fish Restoration Program update: Prospect Island, Decker Island, and more Delta restoration news

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW): Prospect Island EIR Progress FRP staff and consultants continue to develop the Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EIR analyzes project alternatives and stakeholder input as part of the […]

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, part 3: Interagency Crackdown on Aquatic Invasive Weeds in the Delta

This past year, invasive weeds in the Delta were likely the worst it’s ever been, with the low flows due to the drought and lack of cold, freezing temperatures allowing the invasive  water hyacinth to proliferate and choke much of the Delta’s waterways. Water hyacinth is the most visible of the Delta’s invasive weed problem, creating dense mats up to […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 4: Fish, birds, and habitat

Panel of experts looks at historical ecology and critical ecological functions of the Delta, the complexities of fish management, and terrestrial species and habitat Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the […]

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Delta challenges workshop, part 3: The Delta ecosystem: Hydrodynamics, water quality, salinity, nutrients, and the food web

Panel of experts discuss the Delta’s complex hydrodynamics and how flow interacts with salinity, nutrients, contaminants, and the food web Earlier this year,  the Delta Science Program tasked the four former Delta lead scientists with developing a brief report for policy makers and the general public that explains the challenges, complexities, and controversies operating in the Delta.  The Delta Challenges […]

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