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 Posting Date: January 17, 2020

of the Delta Independent Science Board

Thursday, January 30, 2020 (Day 1)
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST

Friday, January 31, 2020 (Day 2)
8:30 AM to 11:00 AM PST

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.

Meeting Materials
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. This will include discussion of the Delta ISB’s draft memorandums on its review of the Delta Stewardship Council’s preliminary public draft of the Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment and the Delta Social Science Task Force’s Draft Social Science Strategy for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Based on the discussion of each item, the Delta ISB may take action on the approval of the content of each draft memorandum for each review for submission after the meeting.

Other highlights include a presentation by ESSA Technologies Ltd., CBEC eco engineering, and PAX Environmental Inc.on its preliminary evaluation of monitoring programs in the Delta, including potential gaps and areas of overlap, to inform the Delta ISB’s recommendations for its monitoring enterprise review. In addition, the Delta ISB will moderate a panel discussion with leading experts on the challenges of conducting ecological research to inform management in times of rapid environmental change.

This section describes the highlights. For more information about the meeting,refer to the agenda below.
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.

Day 2: Friday, January 31, 2020
~ 8:30 AM:Meeting Starts
 11. Welcome Back and Reconvene
 12. Presentation: Overview of the Interim Comprehensive Synthesis Report (Report #3) to Inform the Delta ISB’s Monitoring Enterprise Review

The Delta ISB is in the process of conducting a review on the monitoring enterprise. To help inform the development of the Delta ISB’s recommendations, ESSATechnologies Ltd., CBEC eco engineering, and PAX Environmental Inc. are in the process of developing an inventory of monitoring activities. At the meeting, Marc Nelitz of ESSA Technologies Ltd., Jai Singh of CBEC eco engineering, and Tom Lagerquist of PAX Environmental Inc. will provide an overview of the interim comprehensive synthesis report, which will identify potential gaps and areas of overlap among monitoring activities based on the current inventory.
 13. Discussion and Potential Action: Review of the Draft Delta Plan Ecosystem Amendment (Action Item)

The Delta ISB will discuss its draft memorandum on its review, pursuant to Water Code section 85308(a), of the preliminary public draft of the proposed amendment to Delta Plan Chapter 4 (Protect, Restore, and Enhance the Delta Ecosystem). Based on the discussion, the Delta ISB may take action on the approval of the content of the memorandum for submission to the Delta Stewardship Council after the meeting.
Motion and Vote
 14. Discussion and Potential Action: Planning Future Delta ISB Reviews (Action Item)

The Delta ISB will continue its discussion on future review topics, and may take action on next steps for selecting future review topics.
 15. Preparation for Upcoming Delta ISB Meetings
 16. Review of Items for Follow-up
 17. Public Comments

The Delta ISB will take public comments on topics within its jurisdiction that are not on the agenda.
~11:00 AM:Day 2 Adjourned
Hobbs, J.A., L.S. Lewis, M. Willmes, C. Denney, and E. Bush. 2019. Complex life histories discovered in a critically endangered fish. Scientific Reports 9. Article number: 16772. Available at
Additional Information

  • 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 Delta Stewardship Council’s Human Resources Office at (916) 445-5511, TDD (800) 735-2929.