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National Research Council Meets to Discuss Biological Opinions

The National Research Council (NRC) held its first meeting on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta at the University of California, Davis from Jan. 24-28, 2010. During the meeting, the panel began the process of examining rules adopted by federal fisheries agencies to protect imperiled Delta fish species.

The NRC, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), appointed a committee of experts to review the scientific basis of actions to achieve both an environmentally sustainable Bay-Delta and a reliable water supply. The review, requested by Congress, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Commerce, will include a report about the most recent delta smelt and salmon biological opinions (BOs) in March 2010.

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New Report Offers Delta Restoration Recommendations

A recent report from a Delta (formerly CALFED) Science Program-sponsored workshop on near-term large-scale ecosystem restoration efforts in the North Delta and Suisun Marsh issued a call to action to begin restoring the Delta and Suisun Marsh. The report, from an independent panel of experts, stated that there are “serious threats” to implementing Delta ecosystem restoration, “which are common to ecosystem restoration programs of this size and complexity.”

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Vernalis Adaptive Management Program (VAMP) review - March 2-3

Save the date! Science Conference, Sept. 27-29, 2010

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Water Legislation Package Ushers in New Era

The California Legislature passed a landmark five-bill water package last November to provide a way forward for improving the beleaguered Delta. The legislation also ushers in a new era for the CALFED Science Program—now the Delta Science Program.

On Feb. 3, 2010, under Senate Bill X7 1 (SBX7 1) the new Delta Stewardship Council was created as an independent state agency tasked with developing the Delta Plan for achieving the coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply and protecting and restoring the Delta ecosystem. Under the same bill, the CALFED Science Program became the Delta Science Program, and the CALFED Independent Science Board became the Delta Independent Science Board, both reporting to the new Council. The bill also established the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy which is required to act as a primary state agency to implement ecosystem restoration in the Delta.

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