Regional Salmon Outmigration Study Plan Review & Workshop

One of the goals of the CALFED Science Program is to provide authoritative and unbiased descriptions of scientific knowledge. To fulfill this goal, the Science Program holds workshops designed to provide a forum for discussions and the exchange of information among Scientists, Stakeholders, Agency Staff, and the public about topics important to the region. These workshops synthesize the science related to complex problems and provide advice for undertaking specific complex tasks in support of Delta planning and decision-making.

This event focused specifically on: The Regional Salmon Outmigration Study Plan, which included an implementation plan planning for data retrieval and storage, data reduction, data analysis, and information synthesis, and proposals for results documentation, including manuscript preparation and periodic reporting to project funding agencies and the public.



CALFED Science Program Workshops -- Independent Review of the Regional Salmon Outmigration Study Plan Workshop

The CALFED Science Program has held a workshop as part of an Independent Review of a Regional Salmon Outmigration Study Plan

Materials associated with this Review Panel are posted below.

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Review Panel Scope and Need

Problem Statement:
The northern Delta Region (including the Sacramento River, the Delta Cross Channel, Georgiana Slough, Snodgrass Slough, and the North and South Forks of the Mokelumne River) contains complex hydrodynamic systems that may pose risks to out-migrating Sacramento River Chinook salmon. In 2004 and 2006, pilot-scale research efforts were implemented to explore the feasibility of conducting combined hydrodynamic and salmon smolt passage and survival studies using hydroacoustic monitoring technology. The results of these pilot-level projects indicate that much more can be learned by expanding the study to a regional basis. The proposed study will generate key data characterizing salmon passage and survival using these techniques within a fully-developed regional monitoring study.

The Technical Review Charge:
The CALFED Science Program has convened a Review Panel of independent scientists to evaluate and comment on the proposal to conduct a full-scale regional hydrodynamic and fish passage study. The Review Panel will make recommendations to ensure that when funded and executed, the proposed investigation will provide the best-available science.

The review focused specifically on: The Regional Salmon Outmigration Study Plan, which included an implementation plan planning for data retrieval and storage, data reduction, data analysis, and information synthesis, and proposals for results documentation, including manuscript preparation and periodic reporting to project funding agencies and the public.

The Review Panel members are:

  • Stephen Monismith, chair, Stanford University
  • Si Simenstad, University of Washington
  • Richard Denton, consultant
  • Ken Newman, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • William Bennett, University of California, Davis
  • Dennis Rondorf, USGS
  • Ken Rose, Louisiana State University

Workshop Materials