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980 9TH STREET, SUITE 1500
(916) 445-5511
 Posting Date: August 30, 2019

Delta Independent Science Board Meeting

Thursday, September 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:30p.m. PDT

Meeting Location:

Park Tower
Second Floor Conference Room
980 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Teleconference Location
2406 Lalor Road, Oregon, WI 53575

The meeting will be webcast at
Webcast signal may be intermittent due to internet infrastructure at the meeting location.

Materials referenced in this notice are available on the events web page at Members of the public are encouraged to visit the
events web page to view the meeting materials. A limited number of copies of these materials will be available at the meeting.
The Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) will meet regarding its current reviews and efforts, which will include a discussion of the latest draft report on the review of the Interagency Ecological Program’s ability to provide science to support management of the Delta.Based on this discussion, the Delta ISB may take action to finalize the content of the draft report for submission to the Interagency Ecological Program and the Delta Stewardship Council (Council).

In addition, the Delta ISB will provide an update on,and discuss outreach efforts for, the recruitment of the Delta Lead Scientist. The Delta ISB will also discuss the review, pursuant to WaterCode Section 85308(a), of the Council’s draft performance measures for the Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment, and may take action to submit comments to the Council.

The Delta ISB will discuss the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee’s (DPIIC’s) progress with implementing the Delta ISB’s recommendations to improve interagency science by developing a long-term science needs assessment, as described in the Delta ISB’s letter to DPIIC,dated February 11, 2019. To help inform DPIIC’sefforts, the Delta ISB will discuss the implications of conducting research under rapid environmental change.

The Delta ISB will also discuss priorities for its future reviews. To help inform the Delta ISB’s current efforts and priorities in the future, Steve Rothert (American Rivers) will provide an overview of the Voluntary Agreements and Karen Kayfetz (Council) will provide an overview of the Delta Conservation Adaptive Management Action Strategy.
The agenda items listed below may be considered in a different order pursuant to the determination of the Delta ISB chair. Times listed on the agenda are approximate only. At the direction of the Delta ISB, all items appearing on this agenda, whether or not expressly listed for action, may be deliberated upon and may be subject to action.
9:00 a.m.Meeting starts
1. Welcome and Declarations
 2. Delta ISB Chair Report and Business Matters
 3. Council Chair and Executive Officer Report
 4. Discussion: Update on Delta Lead Scientist Recruitment
The United States Geological Survey and the Delta Stewardship Council have posted the job announcement for the next Delta Lead Scientist, whose term would begin in fall 2020. The Delta ISB will discuss outreach for this recruitment.
 5. Discussion and Possible Action: Review of the Draft Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment Performance Measures (Water Code Section 85308(a)) (Action Item)
The Delta ISB will discuss its review (pursuant to Water Code Section 85308(a)) of the draft performance measures for the Delta Plan Chapter 4 Ecosystem Amendment and its comments based on that review, and may take possible action to submit its comments to the Delta Stewardship Council.Member)
 Motion and Vote 
 6. Delta Lead Scientist Report
 7.Update on DPIIC’s Progress on Addressing the Delta ISB’s Recommendations to Improve Interagency Science by Jay Lund (Delta ISB Chair Elect)
 8. Discussion: Implications of Conducting Ecological Research under Rapid Environmental Change
12:00 p.m.Lunch break (Reconvene at 1:00 p.m.)
  9. Presentation: Overview of Voluntary Agreements by Steve Rothert (American Rivers)
  10. Presentation: Overview of the Delta Conservation Adaptive Management Action Strategy by Karen Kayfetz (Delta Stewardship Council)
  11. Discussion and Possible Action: Draft Report on the Review of the Interagency Ecological Program (Action Item)
The Delta ISB will discuss its draft report on there view of the Interagency Ecological Program and, based on its discussion of the draft report, may take possible action to finalize the content of the report for submission to the Interagency Ecological Program and the Delta Stewardship Council.
 Motion and Vote 
  12.Delta ISB Updates on Reviews
   a. Monitoring Enterprise Review
   b. Water Supply Reliability Review
   c. Ecosystems Review
  13. Planning Session: Ideas for Future Reviews
  14. Preparation for Upcoming Delta ISB Meetings
  15. Review of Items for Follow-up
  16. Public Comments
   The Delta ISB will take public comments on topics within its jurisdiction that are not on the agenda.
4:30 p.m.Meeting adjourned
  • If you have any questions, please contact Edmund Yu at 916-445-0637 or

  • Members of the public shall be provided an opportunity to address the Delta ISB on any agenda items except closed session items and those items for which the public has already been afforded such opportunity at an earlier meeting. In addition, comments during the Public Comment period shall be limited to matters within the Delta ISB’s jurisdiction and not on the agenda. Reasonable time limits may be established for public comments (Government Code Sections 11125.7).

  • If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources Office, Delta Stewardship Council at (916) 445-5511, TDD (800) 735-2929.