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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State of Bay Delta Science 2016, part 1: Implementing One Delta, One Science; Delta water management – Where are we and where should we go?

Dr. Peter Goodwin on the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Delta Science Plan, and Dr. Jay Lund on water management and the Delta The State of Bay-Delta Science 2008 report was the CALFED Science Program’s first extensive effort at compiling, synthesizing, and communicating the scientific understanding of the Delta as it was at the time of its publication. The […]

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Greener Products for Bluer Waters: California’s Safer Consumer Regulations

New regulations shift responsibility to manufacturers to seek safer alternatives for harmful ingredients in consumer products The Safer Consumer Products regulations are the first of a kind, offering California the opportunity to lead the way in producing safer versions of goods already in demand around the world.  The regulations, which took effect in October of 2013,  require manufacturers or other responsible […]

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How much federal money is spent in the San Francisco Bay and Delta relative to other important ecosystems around the country?

Hint: Funding for Delta programs falls far short of other important ecosystems How much does the federal government spend in the San Francisco Bay and the Delta relative to other important ecosystems around the country? Far less, Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Southwest Region 9, pointed out at the 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco […]

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Drought, demography, and conservation in 21st century California

Dr. Glen MacDonald discusses California’s changing climate and demography, and what the implications are for the future Dr. Glen MacDonald is the John Muir Memorial Chair of Geography at UCLA; his research focuses on climate change and its causes and impacts on the environment and society.  He gave this speech at the 12th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary […]

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Water management, economy, and the environment: How is California doing after four years of drought?

Dr. Jay Lund, Dr. Jeffrey Michael, and Dr. Peter Moyle discuss the drought impacts at the State of the Estuary conference The coming El Nino has been described as “Godzilla” and ‘too big to fail’, and the weather service is predicting most of the state will get wet.  However, experts have warned that even heavy precipitation this winter, while certainly […]

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Climate change: Perspectives from the next generation

At the State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference in Oakland last week, one of the standout moments during the opening plenary session was when three local high school students took the stage to tell the adults how they feel about climate change.  What they had to say took most by surprise, bringing the crowd to their feet for a […]

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ESTUARY News: One estuary, many plans

The latest online issue of ESTUARY News sums up two days of presentations and discussions on the 2013 State of the Estuary conference, held last October in Oakland.  Here’s my coverage of a panel moderated by the State Water Board’s Felicia Marcus which featured Mark Cowin from the Department of Water Resources, Chris Knopp from the Delta Stewardship Council, Chuck […]

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ESTUARY News: Delta economics and ecosystem management

The latest online issue of ESTUARY News sums up two days of presentations and discussions on the 2013 State of the Estuary conference, held last October in Oakland.  Here’s my coverage of the afternoon session which featured a debate bewteen Jerry Meral and Jeff Michael over the economics of the BDCP, a presentation by Ellen Hanak on how stakeholders and […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Jay Lund on managing Delta ecosystem reconciliation adaptively

At the State of the Estuary conference held at the end of October, Professor Jay Lund from UC Davis Watershed Sciences and also PPIC fellow gave a presentation on his view of how adaptive management could be applied to move forward in the Delta. Jay Lund began by noting that he and the PPIC researchers had worked on a report […]

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