Science in Action
The mission of the Delta Science Program shall be to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information to inform water and environmental decision making in the Delta. That mission shall be carried out through funding research, synthesizing and communicating scientific information to policymakers and decision makers, promoting independent scientific peer review, and coordinating with Delta agencies to promote science-based adaptive management. The Delta Science Program shall assist with development and periodic updates of the Delta Plan's adaptive management program. California Water Code Section 85280(b)(4)
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This summary of the State of Bay-Delta Science 2016 distills key findings of technical papers that synthesize the current scientific understanding of the Bay and Delta.
The State Water Resources Control Board is undertaking a four-phased process to develop and implement updates to the Bay-Delta Plan, and flow objectives for priority tributaries to the Delta, to protect beneficial uses in the Bay-Delta watershed.
Delta Plan in Action
Unanimously adopted by the Delta Stewardship Council on May 16, 2013, the Delta Plan is now being implemented with the support of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, which includes the heads of more than a dozen State and federal agencies. The Plan is a comprehensive, long-term management plan for the Delta designed per the Delta Reform Act to further the state’s coequal goals for the Delta.
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This budget statement clarifies the Council’s request for increased funding in the Governor’s proposed FY16-17 budget. To view the statement, please click here
The paper outlines 15 issues that will need to be considered as the Council updates the Delta Plan’s provisions regarding State investment in the Delta’s levees.
The Delta Stewardship Council adopted the Delta Plan on May 16, 2013, and on May 17, 2013, adopted implementing regulations to make the “policies” contained in the Delta Plan legally-enforceable.
Delta Levees Investment Strategy
Delta Plan in Action
The Delta Reform Act called on the Delta Stewardship Council to lead a multi-agency effort to update priorities for state investments in the Delta levee system to reduce the likelihood and consequences of levee failures. In response, the Council has launched the Delta Levees Investment Strategy that will combine economics, engineering, and decision-making techniques to identify funding priorities and assemble a comprehensive investment strategy for the Delta levees.
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An online interactive tool that organizes & displays info & analysis related to Council activities to identify priorities for State investment in maintenance & improvement of levees.
To view this independent science review report, please click here.
To review the Notice of Preparation, please click here.
The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)