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  • Governor Schwarzenegger
  • Mike Chrisman, Resources Secretary
  • Joe Grindstaff, CALFED Director

All What's New

Request for Qualifications to assist in developing Delta Plan


Recent state legislation establishes the Delta Stewardship Council effective in February 2010, and charges it with developing a comprehensive management plan for the Delta by Jan. 1, 2012. On behalf of the Council, the Department of Water Resources has released a Request for Qualifications to assist in developing this plan.

Ecosystem Restoration Workshop Panel Report Released


An advisory report from a CALFED Science Program-sponsored workshop on near-term ecosystem restoration efforts in the North Delta and Suisun Marsh has been released. The report from an independent panel of experts includes seven recommendations for how to succeed at planning, implementing, evaluating, and managing large-scale river floodplain and estuarine restoration projects.

National Science Panel to Review Key Delta Issues and Biological Opinions


The National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, has announced the appointment of 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 and the Departments of the Interior and Commerce, will include a report about the most recent delta smelt and salmon biological opinions in March 2010 and a second report in November 2011 about incorporating science and adaptive management into Bay-Delta programs. The committee‘s first meeting is Jan. 24-28 at UC Davis.

Report Posted on 2-Gates Fish Protection Project Review


A CALFED Science Program independent review of the proposed 2-Gates Fish Protection Demonstration Project has been posted along with a response from project proponents. This experimental project, the subject of an August Science Program workshop, would place two temporary, removable gates in the central Delta in an effort to protect sensitive fish species and manage the water supply.

Workshop: Ecosystem Restoration at a
Landscape Scale - The North Delta and Suisun Marsh


The CALFED Science Program will host a 2-day workshop Nov. 18-19 with national and local scientists to discuss how to succeed at planning, implementing, evaluating, and managing large-scale river floodplain and estuarine restoration projects.

Using Genetic Markers to Identify Chinook Salmon Gender


The CALFED Science Program Brown Bag Series will present a seminar on November 10 from Dr. Kevin Williamson on the limitations and prospects of using genetic tools to identify gender of California Chinook Salmon. Although exposure to pollutants during early development can alter the endocrine system and produce male feminization and abnormal sexual development in fish species, controlled breeding experiments suggest that a genetic change rather than altered sexual development is responsible for some individual salmon with both genders.

IEP Workshop: Monitoring Questions and Tools for the 21st Century


The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) will hold a public workshop Oct. 14-15 to highlight questions and tools for monitoring and assessment in the changing Bay-Delta system. Topics include: synthesis of information learned from the first four 2009 IEP workshops and new monitoring technologies including underwater video imaging systems for Delta fish.

Bureau awards contract for Battle Creek dam removal


The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded the first construction contract for the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project. The contract includes removing Wildcat Diversion Dam and Pipeline to improve access to high quality salmon spawning grounds.

From Beef to Reef: Sediment Budgets in Great Barrier Reef Catchments


On September 9, the CALFED Science Program Brown Bag Series will present a seminar featuring Dr. Rebecca Bartley from Brisbane, Australia, speaking on potential detrimental effects that terrestrial sediments and nutrients are having on the Great Barrier Reef. Dr. Bartley will present field study data using a variety of techniques to quantify the sources and amounts of erosion and how these data are being used in sediment budget models.

IEP Workshop: Modeling the Pelagic Organism Decline


The Interagency Ecological Program will hold a workshop at UC Davis Sept. 8-9 to provide an update on modeling activities and results related to declines of pelagic fishes in the San Francisco Estuary. Emphasis will be on recent work conducted at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.

Estimating Survival of Juvenile Salmon Migrating through the Delta


On August 20, the CALFED Science Program Brown Bag Series will present a seminar on estimating survival probabilities of juvenile salmon migrating through different Delta pathways. This research will provide better understanding of population-level responses to changes in water distribution to help guide Delta water management decisions.

Ammonia Summit Workshop


The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) will hold an Ammonia Summit Workshop Aug. 18-19. IEP is soliciting the public for science questions to be asked during panel discussions on the topics of food web dynamics; toxicity; and sources, transport and fate. Please identify which section your question addresses. Submit science questions by noon, Mon., Aug. 17 to Adam Ballard at: For more information (and agenda) click here.

Evaluation of Four Delta Juvenile Salmon Survival Studies


On August 11, the CALFED Science Program is sponsoring a Brown Bag seminar evaluating four Delta juvenile salmon survival studies and their use as the basis for various management actions to protect juvenile salmon.

Two Gates Fish Demonstration Project Review Workshop


The CALFED Science Program will hold an independent scientific peer review workshop for the 2 Gates Fish Demonstration Project August 6. In this experimental project, two temporary, removable gates would be placed in the central Delta in an effort to protect sensitive fish species and manage the water supply. The workshop is open to the public.

IEP Monitoring and Food Web Workshop


The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) will hold a "Monitoring and Food Web" workshop at the CALFED Bay-Delta Program offices June 25 to provide an update on monitoring activities and results in the San Francisco Estuary. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, will also provide a forum for presentation and discussion of current food web research in the upper estuary.

New CALFED Program Performance Website


CALFED Program Performance and Tracking has launched a new and improved website with program information and links to guide CALFED stakeholders and implementing agency staff to key areas. Staff can now access the site to add new or edit existing information regarding CALFED projects. Stakeholders and other interested parties can review published financial reports and get additional project related details as they are obtained.

Review Report Posted on Biological Opinion on Water Operations Threatening Fish


A CALFED Science Program independent review report of the draft biological opinion to evaluate the effects of California Water Project operations on threatened and endangered anadromous fish species has been posted. The final opinion was revised significantly as a result of input from the CALFED Science Program’s independent peer review.

Physical Modeling and Fish Management Workshop Scheduled


The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) is hosting a public workshop May 26-27 to provide a comprehensive overview of physical-biological modeling in the San Francisco estuary. The two-day workshop will also include a review of IEP modeling activities by an independent panel of experts.

Water Conservation Plan Review Draft


The public review draft of the "20X2020 Water Conservation Plan," prepared at the direction of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been released for public comment by the Department of Water Resources and a team of other state agencies. The plan describes actions California can take to reduce per capita water use 20 percent by the year 2020.

Final Ammonia/Ammonium Research Framework Now Available


The final Research Framework on the role of ammonia/ammonium in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay estuary ecosystem is now available. The research framework was developed by a panel of experts following a successful CALFED Science Program workshop involving the panel, stakeholders, local experts and interested public.

New Software Presented for
Central Valley Chinook Modeling


New software for the Central Valley Winter Run Chinook Salmon statistical model will be presented at a CALFED Science Program workshop April 20. Attendees will be taught how to use the model software.

Review of Report Evaluating Risks of Levee Failure Available


A CALFED Science Program coordinated independent review of a report evaluating the risks of the failure of Delta levees is now available. The review panel concluded that the revised Delta Risk Management Strategy (DRMS) Phase 1 Report is a useful tool to inform policymakers and others on possible resource allocations and strategies for addressing risks in the Delta.

Planning for Sustainable Tourism in Delta Landscapes


CALFED SEMINAR- In the fall of 2008, Alex Westhoff visited three different river deltas in vastly different regions of the world that are impacted by tourism: the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the Ebro Delta in Spain and the Danube Delta in Romania. He will speak about what he learned of sustainable tourism planning that could possibly be applied to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Public Comment Sought for Draft Ammonia/Ammonium Research Framework


Following a successful public workshop assessing the role of ammonia/ammonium in the Delta, the CALFED Science Program is soliciting public comments on the draft Research Framework for the role of ammonia/ammonium in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay estuary ecosystem. Comments are due by April 3.

Conservation Plan Scoping Meetings


Twelve scoping meetings have been scheduled throughout California this month to share the Delta Conservation Plan environmental review process and to solicit comments about the scope of the Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement.

Science Questions Sought for Ammonia/Ammonium Workshop


The CALFED Science Program is seeking science questions from the public to be asked during the ammonia/ammonium workshop discussions March 10-11. Delta studies suggest ammonium may impact aquatic food webs. Questions should be submitted by noon Monday, March 9.

Impacts of Ammonia / Ammonium on the Delta


Delta studies suggest ammonium may impact aquatic food webs. The CALFED Science Program will host a public workshop March 10-11 with a panel of nationally renowned experts and key stakeholders to develop a research framework for assessing the role of ammonia-ammonium in the Delta ecosystem.

Los Vaqueros Draft Environmental Documents


The Draft EIS/EIR for the potential expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir have been released and public hearings scheduled. The Los Vaqueros expansion is one of five water storage projects identified for further investigation as part of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.

CALFED Annual Report Released


The 2008 CALFED Bay-Delta Program Annual Report has been released and is available for downloading. The report highlights the eighth year of the state-federal effort to restore the Delta's ecosystem and work to ensure reliability of Delta flows.

CALFED Science Program Removes PSP Deadline


The state's current fiscal emergency has prompted the CALFED Science Program to remove the original February 27, 2009, deadline from its 2009 Proposal Solicitation Package, leaving the process open-ended until after financial uncertainties are resolved, when a new proposal deadline will be set.

Water Plan Draft Available


The public review draft of Volume 2 of the California Water Plan is now available online. Volume 2 describes more than 27 resource management strategies to help local and regional agencies and governments manage their water and related resources.

Biological Opinion Released


The draft Biological Opinion from the National Marine Fisheries Service on risks to listed populations of Chinook salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon from water operations has been released. This opinion was the subject of an independent review conducted by a CALFED science panel on January 8.

Water Plan Update 2009


The Department of Water Resources has released the Highlights and Volume 1 of the Public Review Draft of the California Water Plan Update 2009: Integrated Water Management. The plan is available for downloading.

Review Panel to Consider Biological Opinion on Salmon, Steelhead and Sturgeon - January 8, 2009


A CALFED Science Program Review Panel will conduct an independent review of the National Marine Fisheries Service OCAP 2008 Draft Biological Opinion on listed Chinook salmon, steelhead and green sturgeon.

Delta Research Proposals Sought


Approximately $8 million in grants will be awarded to fund research that will fill critical gaps in understanding of the current and changing Bay-Delta system. Proposals for the 2009 Proposal Solicitation Package are being sought in four topic areas and are due by February 27th, 2009.

Environmental Stress and Fish Health


Environmental stress can seriously impact fish health. Renowned scientists will explore the potential roles of toxic and infectious disease, and environmental exposures on fish health in the Delta, the Klamath River and San Francisco Estuary at a December 18 seminar.

Central Valley Chinook Modeling


A statistical model of the two Central Valley at-risk Chinook salmon species that incorporates mortality into their life history will be presented at a CALFED Science Program Brown Bag Seminar December 16.

Riparian Restoration and Climate Change


Riparian habitats for birds and wildlife and how their restoration can enhance resiliency to climate change will be the topic of the December CALFED Brown Bag Seminar. Dr. Chrissy Howell of PRBO Conservation Science will speak on efforts to recover degraded riparian habitats in the Central Valley.

Research Funding Topics Revised


The CALFED Science Program is preparing to make $8 million in Proposition 84 funds available for competitive research grants. A second round of comments are requested on the revised research topics for the upcoming solicitation and are due by December 3, 2008.

20X2020 Conservation Workshop


PPIC: Comparing Delta Futures


The authors of the recent Public Policy Institute of California report, "Comparing Futures for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta," will discuss their report and participate in a question-and-answer session focusing on core technical information contained in the report's appendices. The workshop will be held November 12 and 13 at the CALFED Bay-Delta Program offices.



The CALFED Independent Science Board will meet November 18 by conference call from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The agenda will include discussion of the Delta Vision Strategic Plan and a follow up on an earlier discussion of the Interagency Ecological Program.

Research Funding Available


The CALFED Science Program is preparing to make $8 million in Proposition 84 funds available for competitive research grants through its upcoming 2009 Proposal Solicitation Package, expected to be released in December. Final comments on research topics are due Friday.

Brown Bag Seminar: Delta Vision Economics


Roger Mann of RMEcon will discuss two economic reports provided to the Delta Vision process that discuss the economic efficiency of water use and allocation in California and a range of policies that might increase efficiency. The seminar will take place at 12 noon on November 18 in the CALFED Delta Room

CALFED Science Conference Opens Wednesday


The 5th Biennial CALFED Science Conference -- "Global Perspectives and Regional Results: Science and management in the Bay-Delta System" -- opens Wednesday morning with the promise of the latest scientific findings on the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. More than 1,200 scientists, resource managers and policymakers are expected to attend this three-day meeting.

State of Bay Delta Science Release


The State of Bay-Delta Science, 2008, a publication summarizing significant new knowledge gleaned from eight years of CALFED-funded research into water quality, ecosystem restoration, water supply reliability and levee fragility, has been published and will be released at the 5th Biennial CALFED Science Conference on October 22-24.

Delta Dialogue: Perspectives on Science and Policy


Two past and the current CALFED Lead Scientists and the CALFED Independent Science Board chairman will discuss emerging issues in the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and their implications for science and policy. The panel discussion is sponsored by CALFED and UC Davis.

Ecological Functionality for Central Valley Rivers


The Mystery of Green and White Surgeon


Scientists at the University of California, Davis, will report on their study to determine why populations of green sturgeon are declining faster than those of white sturgeon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The biomarkers and life history indicators that scientists are studying will be detailed during the October 2 Brown Bag Seminar presented by the CALFED Science Program.

CALFED Analytical Review of OCAP


The CALFED Science Program will hold a review panel on August 5, to provide input to the National Marine Fisheries Service as it develops a court-ordered revision of its biological opinion related to salmon. The original OCAP Biological Opinion was in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.

Public Policy Institute Recommends Peripheral Canal


According to a report released today by the Public Policy Institute of California, building a peripheral canal to carry water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is the most promising strategy to balance two critical policy goals: reviving a threatened ecosystem and ensuring a high-quality water supply for California's residents.The report was prepared by PPIC and five scientists from UC Davis, and builds on a report they published in 2007 that proposed nine different alternatives for improving the Delta's ecosystem and water supply reliability.

Artificial Propagation Workshop


Artificial propagation or raising organisms in captivity has gained interest as a strategy to preserve rare fishes. However, it is not without its concerns, specifically in the area of genetic fitness. This workshop will provide an opportunity for information exchange among scientists and managers who are already trying to use artificial propagation and those planning to do so locally.

Lead Scientist Named for CALFED Science Program


Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman has appointed aquatic ecology expert Clifford Dahm as CALFED Lead Scientist

Brown Bag: Taiwan's Water Problems Familiar


Levee fragility…seasonal flooding…drinking water supplies…irrigation…habitat…sound familiar? No, we’re not talking about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. We’re talking about issues on the other side of the world. A delegation from the Shi-Men Area Restoration Working Group and the Institute of Technology Law in Taiwan will share their similar experiences at this Brown Bag Seminar Friday, July 25 at CALFED headquarters.

Watershed Public Outreach Results


A wide-ranging public outreach campaign that included nearly 30 public meetings statewide and received more than 1,500 comments, found needs for improved coordination, communication, organization, information, management and science are needed among the state's watershed programs. The results of the Statewide Watershed Program Advisory Committee are now available.

Brown Bag: Discover the Delta


The Discover the Delta Foundation will be the topic of the July 8 CALFED Brown Bag Seminar. Ken Scheidegger, Foundation president, will provide an overview of the Foundation's mission and program, including "gateway" signage and construction of an information and visitor center.

Science Board meets 7/14-15


Independent Science Board to meet July 14-15

Delta Town Hall Meetings


Three town hall meetings will be held June 23-25 in the Delta to discuss numerous efforts that are going on in the estuary and open a dialogue with Delta residents. Ongoing town hall meetings will be planned in the future to maintain an open exchange of information.

2008 IEP POD Work Plan


The final 2008 Interagency Ecological Program Pelagic Organism Decline Work Plan is now available. The Work Plan, developed by the IEP POD Management Team, describes the 2008 research studies and monitoring to evaluate the decline of pelagic species in the Delta and Suisun Bay.

Water Board Issues Bay-Delta Workplan


The State Water Resources Control Board released its Strategic Workplan for Activities in the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary to describe actions the California Water Boards will complete to protect beneficial uses of water in the Bay-Delta and to provide timelines and resources needed for implementing the actions. Public comment is being accepted through 12 noon on July 9.

Governor Declares Drought Emergency


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a drought emergency in nine Central Valley counties from Sacramento to Kern, ordering state agencies to carry out creative water deliveries to help. The counties singled out have been especially hard-hit and the situation is expected to worsen since the Governor's original statewide drought declaration on June 4.

State Supreme Court Upholds CALFED PEIS/R


The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the CALFED Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement/Report is compliant with the California Environmental Quality Act, concluding eight years of legal wrangling over an unprecedented state and federal planning process to improve conditions in the California Delta.   News Release

CALFED Water Quality Grants


The State Water Resources Control Board is accepting applications for the 2008 CALFED Water Quality Grant Program to support projects in the Delta and its tributary watersheds for the purpose of reducing concentrations and loads of certain drinking water constituents of concern. Proposals will be accepted through July 10.

Fish Nursery Habitat: Unraveling the Secrets of the Estuary for Population Health


The CALFED Science Program with the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture will hold a seminar discussing Dr. Stacy Luthy’s insights and findings on habitat usage of estuarine juvenile fish, bringing her experiences in East Coast estuaries to bear on the San Francisco Estuary.

Final EIS/EIR for Fish at Red Bluff Dam


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority have announced the release of the final EIS/EIR for the Fish Passage Improvement Project at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam. The document describes and provides analysis of the alternative ways to improve fish passage at the dam, which although equipped with fish ladders, still delays and impedes fish passage.

Blue Ribbon Task Force to Meet


The Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force will meet May 28 and 29 to hear recommendations from four workgroups established to assist them: delta ecosystem, water reliability, Delta as place and governance and finance. The Task Force also will issue directions to staff for development of a strategic plan.
May 28 Webcast Link
May 29 Webcast Link

DWR/USBR Issue Biological Assessment on Delta Pumping


The Department of Water Resources and the US Bureau of Reclamation issued biological assessments today on their respective water projects, particularly as they relate to Delta pumping and the effects on endangered fish species. This begins a process to develop new operational criteria for the state and federal water projects.

2007 CALFED Annual Report


The 2007 CALFED Annual Report, that recounts work of the CALFED implementing agencies during the last year of Stage 1 of the CALFED Record of Decision, is now available for downloading from the CALFED website and can be ordered in hard copy.

Conveyance Modeling Workshop 2


The CALFED Science Program will host the second of two workshops May 20 on conveyance modeling in the Delta. The workshop will explore approaches to linking hydrodynamic and biological models and assess the potential outcomes to advise the Blue Ribbon Task Force on ways to achieve planning objectives.

Report from First Conveyance Modeling Workshop Available


Experts from a CALFED Science Program Modeling workshop issued a summary report to CALFED Lead Scientist Mike Healey assessing the capability of existing hydrodynamic models to address Delta Vision Task Force needs. The experts concluded that existing Delta hydrodynamic models, when carefully and skillfully applied, can provide reliable information to the Task Force on the response of Delta hydrodynamics to conveyance changes.

Protection for Longfin Smelt


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced its determination that sufficient information exists to initiate a status review of the longfin smelt for protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Today's determination is the first step toward listing of the longfin smelt or Spirinchus thaleichthys, a five-inch-long fish that lives in San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which has suffered a steep decline in abundancesince 2001 to just 13 fish recorded in a survey last year.

Independent Science Board Meeting


The CALFED Independent Science Board (ISB) will meet Monday, May 19th to discuss the future of the ISB and overall science needs for the Delta. The meeting will be webcast.

Organic Carbon Workshop: The Good, the Bad and the Muddy


The CALFED Science Program will host a workshop on organic carbon in the California Delta to support the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force. The workshop will explore misconceptions about organic carbon, its importance to the ecosystem, and problems of organic carbon in drinking water.

Refugial Delta Smelt Populations


The CALFED Science Program with the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture will hold a seminar, Establishment of a Delta Smelt Refugial Population: Lessons from Other Species, Challenges, and Current Status. The 9 a.m. to 12 noon session at UC Davis will discuss challenges faced by the UC Davis Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory in establishing a refugial Delta smelt population.

Science Fellowship Applications


The CALFED Science Program has up to 12 Science Fellowships for graduate and postdoctoral students interested in ecology or ecological modeling of the California Bay-Delta system. Applications for the 2008 fellowships are now being accepted: the deadline to apply is June 6, 2008. For more information, visit the CALFED Science Program's website.

Blue Ribbon Task Force to Meet


The Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force meets to discuss the preliminary recommendations for the Strategic Implementation Plan from four stakeholder workgroups. The workgroups are addressing issues on water supply reliability, governance and strategic finance, Delta-as-place and the estuarine ecosystem.
April 24 Webcast Link
April 25 Webcast Link

Judge Wanger Rules ESA Violated


Federal Judge Oliver Wanger ruled in Fresno today that a 2004 permit to operate state and federal water projects in California violated the Endangered Species Act and is potentially jeopardizing the survival of Central Valley steelhead and two salmon species. The ruling, which was expected, requires the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the National Marine Fisheries Service to prepare a new permit to operate the water systems, a task that is already underway.

Reclamation Calls for Water Use Efficiency Proposals


Federal grants for the CALFED Water Use Efficiency Program are available to implement urban and agricultural water use efficiency projects. Projects implemented under this program must show measurable benefits to CALFED objectives. Proposals are being accepted through June 2, 2008.

Historical Ecology of the Delta: Do we know it? Does it mattter?


Historical ecology is an increasingly recognized critical tool for regional habitat conservation and restoration. Understanding conditions before extensive disturbance helps scientists and managers set restoration targets, develop landscape-level conservation strategies and evaluate their success.

Conveyance Modeling Workshops Support Delta Vision


The CALFED Science Program is convening the first of two workshops on Delta conveyance modeling on April 3. The purpose of these workshops is to publicly discuss various Delta conveyance modeling tools, assumptions and other variables, and to provide a facilitated discussion with organizations conducting Delta conveyance modeling.

Management and Modeling Workshop Supports OCAP


CALFED's Science Program will host a one-day workshop on April 1, intended to provide a forum for information exchange and discussion of issues about temperature modeling, salmonid protection and water management on the upper Sacramento River. This workshop will not be webcast.

Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force


The Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force will meet March 20-21 to continue the task of developing a strategic plan to implement its vision for the California Delta by October 2008. This Task Force meeting will focus on the Delta ecosystem, water, governance and finance.

Estuary Journal Released


The CALFED Science Program has released the latest issue of the peer- reviewed online journal San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science. This issue contains four articles on topics including delta smelt, phytoplankton trends in the upper estuary, particle transport in the Delta and regional hydrologic response to climate variability. All articles can be downloaded at

Delta Conveyance Options Synthesized


Delta conveyance decisions will involve tradeoffs and compromises, and clear objectives are critical to a thorough evaluation of the alternatives. These are two conclusions highlighted in a brief synthesis report of two CALFED Science Program workshops held last fall on science issues related to Delta conveyance infrastructure. A document combining the synthesis and workshop summaries is now available on the CALFED Science Program website.

DWR Initiates Plan for Delta Sustainability


The Department of Water Resources begins environmental review for Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, and hosts workshops on conservation and Delta emergency response planning.

EIR Notice of Preparation

Brown Bag Seminar Focuses on Projected Sea-level rise in the Delta


Projected sea level rise over the coming century will cause new areas surrounding the San Francisco Bay and Delta to be inundated, with a wide variety of ecological and socioeconomic consequences. Noah Knowles, USGS, will present results of his work that characterize the areas at greatest risk of inundation at the 12 noon session.

Independent Science Board to Meet


March 10 -- The CALFED Independent Science Board will have a teleconference meeting from 1:15 - 4 pm, to follow up on action items from its prior meeting Jan 30-Feb 1. Members will also discuss the future of the ISB and recommendations on the role of the Interagency Ecological Program in Delta planning. (Please note the start time has changed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)

Columbia River Salmon Research May Provide Insight For California


Four leading researchers will present their work on salmon mortality in the Columbia River Basin in this 9-to-noon March 7 seminar at UC Davis. This is an opportunity to gain insights into factors that might also be affecting California salmon populations, which have declined severely in the past two years and may be related to mortality in the ocean and estuary.

Brown Bag Seminar Focuses on Delta Peat Soil Research


Research funded through the CALFED Science Program is providing interesting information about how marshes develop and about human impacts to peat soils in the Delta. On March 5 Dr. Judy Drexler and Dr. Charles Alpers from the US Geological Survey and Dr. Steven Deverel of Hydofocus Inc. will present results from the REPEAT Project at this noon session.

Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force


The Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force will meet February 28-29 to continue the task of 2008 developing a strategic plan to implement its vision for the California Delta. This Task Force meeting will focus on the Delta as place, the estuarine ecosystem, water and governance and strategic finance.

Brown Bag Seminar Focuses on Shallow Water Habitat


Fish surveys in the western Delta during the period 2002 to 2007 determined native and non-native fish use patterns of various types of shallow water habitat. These patterns and their comparison to a similar survey in 1978-79 will be discussed by speaker Tom Cannon of Wildlands, Inc., at the 12 noon session.

Science Hot Topics Center Stage


A forum for scientists to share the latest findings on hot topics in the Bay-Delta system will be held February 27-29, sponsored by the Interagency Ecological Program. Topics to be discussed include delta smelt and the pelagic organism decline, climate change, stressors to the system and many other topics.

CALFED ISB Urges More Resources from Implementing Agencies


The CALFED Independent Science Board has sent a memo to implementing agency directors strongly recommending a substantial increase in resources for the development of measurable, quantifiable and scientifically-based performance measures for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program. Performance measures are crucial to implementing agency leaders, since they are fundamental to documenting and evaluating progress in a consistent and scientifically rigorous way.

Delta Vision Science Advisors Issue Levee Memo


Delta Vision's science advisors have released a memo debunking some commonly held beliefs about Delta levees; for example, they do not always help to sustain a healthy Delta ecosystem and, in fact, may be the cause of many current ecological problems by cutting off critical exchanges of materials between land and water.

CALFED Administrative Record Available


The Administrative Record for the CALFED Programmatic EIR Cases is now available and searchable. The record includes relevant documents from the interagency staff team that prepared the Programmatic EIS/EIR, files of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program staff and files of the state CALFED implementing agencies.

CALFED Independent Science Board to Meet


The CALFED Independent Science Board will meet Thursday and Friday, January 31-February 1, to discuss its strategic planning process, the role of the Interagency Ecological Program in Delta planning and a briefing on the Delta Regional Ecosystem Implementation Plan conceptual models and scientific evaluation process.
Meeting Materials | Webcast: January 31 | February 1

Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force to Meet


The Governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force meets January 31-February 1 to begin shaping the implementation plan for its vision for the California Delta that is due to the Governor by the end of October 2008.
Meeting Materials | Webcast: January 31 | February 1

CALFED State of Bay-Delta Science 2008 Summary Released


The CALFED Science Program's State of Bay-Delta Science 2008: Summary for Policymakers and the Public report is now available online. This Summary is a preview chapter of the full State of Bay-Delta Science 2008 report to be released spring 2008. It highlights the most important changes in how scientists now understand the Delta and the policy implications of that understanding.

Independent Review of the Regional Salmon Outmigration Study Plan


On January 10, CALFED's Science Program will host a workshop as part of an independent review of the regional salmon outmigration study plan prepared by a U.S. Geological Survey-led team of researchers. The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CALFED headquarters in Sacramento.

DRMS Review Panel Response


An Independent Review Panel has issued a response to authors of the Delta Risk Management Strategy (DRMS) on its Phase I report that is expected to provide a foundation for future infrastructure and water resource management investments in the Delta. Phase II will provide identification and prioritization of strategies for reducing risk in the Delta.

Final Delta Vision Released


The Governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force has released its final report "Our Vision for California's Delta," which offers a vision for sustainable management of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for 30 to 50 years into the future.
News Release | Report Summary | Final Report

CALFED Brown Bag Seminar


On Tuesday, January 8, Dr. Fraser Shilling of UC Davis will speak on the topic of subsistence fishing and fish contamination in the Delta. Dr. Shilling will present a case for "community-based research and management," to address research needs and environmental justice implications of fish contamination.

Water Quality Assessment Released


CALFED's Water Quality Program has released its draft final assessment for the program's first seven years of operation consistent with required reporting milestones set forth in the CALFED Record of Decision.

Delta Vision Task Force Meets


The Governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force meets today and tomorrow to take public comment on its third and final draft of Our Vision for California's Delta, its plan for sustainable management for the Delta's future. The Task Force will present its final report to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before year's end.
Delta Vision Chair Speaks | Meeting Materials | Webcast: November 29 | November 30

CALFED Watershed Coordinators


The California Department of Conservation has announced the release of the 2007 Watershed Coordinator Grant Program Request for Proposals to fund watershed coordinator positions who facilitate watershed improvement efforts in the CALFED Solution Area. Proposals are due by January 4, 2008

Major Policy Reports to Delta Vision Task Force


Two major policy reports dealing with the Delta will be presented to the Governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force at the group's November 29-30 meeting. The third and final draft of A Vision for California's Delta and a summary version of the CALFED Science Program's State of Science of the Bay-Delta System will be discussed at the meeting set for the Sacramento Convention Center.
Webcast: November 29 | November 30

CVPIA Work Plans Presented


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public meeting December 5 to present Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) Annual Work Plans for Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, including presentations on its Aanadromous Fish Restoration and Screen programs and the Tracy Pumping Plant.

Unraveling the Smelt Mystery: Where Do Delta Smelt and Longfin Smelt Spawn and How Do they Get There?


The CALFED Science Program and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will co-sponsor a workshop November 15 on the state of science on spawning biology of smelts and craft a study design for delving into the spawning biology of Delta and longfin smelts in the San Francisco Estuary.

The Hitchhikers Guide to Adaptive Management


On November 14, CALFED Lead Scientist Michael Healey will speak on adaptive management at the monthly CALFED Brown Bag Seminar. The session will be held at CALFED Headquarters from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

CALFED Releases Final Draft -- End of Stage 1 Report


The CALFED Bay-Delta Program End of Stage 1 Report developed by CALFED staff is now available. This report is the comprehensive review of actions taken in the first seven years of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program and was required at the program's onset. It will serve to backup the Draft CALFED Bay-Delta Program End of Stage 1 Statement to be signed by the Governor and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior in early 2008.

CALFED-Funded Delta Mercury Study


The most exhaustive study to date on mercury contamination in Northern California found that fish in the southern Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta do not contain as much mercury as researchers expected. The San Francisco Estuary Institute led the study and the new findings allow state health officials to loosen consumption guidelines for certain species.

Seminar: Pyrethroids and the Delta: Laboratory Studies, Field Results, and Regulatory Actions


This November 8 seminar will feature speakers from the University of California and the state Department of Pesticide Regulation talking about the role of toxics in Delta issues. Inge Werner of UC Davis, Don Weston of UC Berkeley and Frank Spurlock of the Department of Pesticide Regulation will be featured.

CALFED Brown Bag Seminar: Using Advanced Technology to Study Sacramento River Juvenile Chinook Salmon Out-Migration in the North/Central Delta.


This seminar will be held November 7, featuring Jon Burau and Aaron Blake of the U.S. Geological Survey, who will provide an overview of the 2006 North Delta Winter Salmon Out-Migration Pilot Study, and the Regional North/Central Delta Winter Salmon Out-Migration Study 2008-09.

Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force


The Governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force will meet October 25-26 in West Sacramento. The meeting will focus on presentations and discussions of an updated draft of Delta Vision and water policy and governance structures.
Webcast: October 25 | October 26

CALFED Independent Science Board to Meet October 24-25


CALFED's Independent Science Board will meet October 24-25 for briefings on a strategic effort to consider its role and that of the CALFED Science Program for the future as the new Delta Vision comes on line.
Webcast: October 24 | October 25

Brown Bag Seminar - Lead Scientist Candidate Nicholas Clesceri


CALFED Bay-Delta Lead Scientist candidate Nicholas Clesceri will speak on Unraveling the Complex World of Water Rsources in California: The CALFED Bay-Delta Program, at 12 noon on October 22. Clesceri is professor of environmental engineering emeritus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

CALFED Independent Science Board Meeting 10/24-25


CALFED's Independent Science Board will meet October 24-25 to focus on briefings in support if its strategic efforts. Briefings on Oct. 24 will address the CALFED End of Stage 1 Report, Delta Vision, Bay-Delta Conservation Plan and the CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program Conservation Strategy/Delta Regional Ecosystem Restoration Implementation Program. The Oct. 25 morning briefing will focus on the Interagency Ecological Program.

Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force


The next two-day meeting of the Governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force will begin on October 25 in West Sacramento. The draft Task Force Vision will be a major topic of discussion, as will policy issues dealing with the Delta dn water in general.

Performance Measures Workshop


On October 23, the CALFED Agency Performance Measures Committee will hold a public workshop to discuss a long-term vision for performance measures. The session will include expert speakers on the topic, including CALFED Lead Scientist Michael Healey, its first Lead Scientist Sam Luoma, and members of its Independent Science Board, Jack Keller, Duncan Patten and Bill Glaze.

Governing the Delta - Principles for a New Vision


On Oct. 12, the CALFED Science Program will convene a workshop on governance to discuss issues surrounding implementation of a Delta Vision. The workshop will include speakers with examples from other large restoration programs and local examples that emphasize what has worked and what has not.

8th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference -- "A Greener Shade of Blue"


October 16, 17 and 18, 2007 at The Scottish Rite Center; 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland. The State of the Estuary Conference provides a biennial assessment of the ecological health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. This conference will present the latest information about the estuary's changing condition including impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and an examination of emerging issues. Conference dates are October 16-18.

BDCP Options Report Release


The steering committee of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan has issued an Options Evaluation Report in its development of a comprehensive conservation plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The report identifies four options, two each for conveyance and habitat restoration.

Delta Vision discussion draft now available


The first discussion draft of "A Vision for Durable Management of a Sustainable Delta" is now available. The Blue Ribbon Task Force, at its August 31 meeting, asked staff to prepare this first draft. This draft will be discussed at the next Task Force meeting on September 20 and 21, 2007, in West Sacramento.

Brown Bag Seminar Set for September 25, 2007


Emerging research on the ecological benefits of the floodplains of California's Central Valley that have implications for the health of the Delta will be explored at this educational seminar.

Watershed Coordinator Grants


The Department of Conservation is preparing to release a new request for proposal for another round of Watershed Coordinator Grants. Input into development of the RFP is being sought through a series of workshops planned statewide.

CALFED Science Board Meets


The CALFED Independent Science Board will meet today and tomorrow to discuss such major issues as Delta smelt, the Delta Risk Management Strategy Phase I Review and sea level rise.

$10 million in CALFED Grants Awarded


The Department of Water Resources has awarded more than $10 million in CALFED grants to 27 watershed projects throughout the state. The funding comes from Proposition 50 approved by voters in 2002.

Delta Summit Accord


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein led a bi-partisan summit on the Delta and agreed that state and federal officials must collaborate to preserve its ecosystem and water deliveries to agriculture.

Blue Ribbon Task Force to Meet


The Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force will meet August 30-31, to review potential visions being developed by the Delta Vision Stakeholder Coordination Group and other stakeholders, as well as alternatives being considered as part of the Delta Risk Management Strategy and Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
August 30 Webcast Link
August 31 Webcast Link

CALFED Science Offers Delta Workshops


The CALFED Science Program is convening two workshops to examine key science issues posed by current and alternative means of conveying water across the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
September 11 Webcast Link

Variable Delta Report


The final report on input from a CALFED Science Program workshop on "Defining a Variable Delta to Promote Estuarine Fish Habitat," is now available. The report offers additional information for the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force to consider in its work to identify a stategy for sustainability of the Delta.

CALFED Brown Bag Seminar -- Environmental Restoration in a Crowd: A Pier and an Estuary in New York City


Dr. Mark Bain, Associate Professor of Aquatic Systems Ecology with the Department of Natural Resources and Director of the Center for the Environmenta at Cornell University will be the featured speaker at the 12 noon seminar presented in CALFED's Delta Room. Dr. Bain is the first of four Lead Scientist candidates presenting Brown Bag Seminars over the next month as part of the recruitment process for CALFED Lead Scientist.

Proposed Lower Yuba Accord Hearings


Two public hearings have been scheduled to receive comment on the Proposed Lower Yuba River Accord draft EIR/EIS. The purpose of the Accord is to increase protections and enhancements for fisheries and local water supply reliability, some of which benefits the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.

Governor Proposes Immediate Delta Actions


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced immediate actions that will commence to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as a fragile and broken ecosystem and the hub of the state's water system.