|Curtailment of Delta ISB Activities||
As discussed at recent Delta ISB meetings, members of the Delta ISB have been acting as unpaid volunteers since July 1, 2020. Currently, Delta ISB members are transitioning to some per-diem compensation, but the State has not yet secured a more sustainable way to financially compensate Delta ISB members for their services, as the State has done in the past. This current status necessitates greatly curtailing the agenda and activities of the Delta ISB to a much lower level. Consequently, substantial delays in many of the Delta ISB’s anticipated and legislatively mandated reviews, products, and activities are expected. The Delta ISB is committed to supporting science for the Delta's problems and problem-solving and looks forward to returning to its high level of productivity as soon as the State fully resolves this issue.
The Delta ISB will meet regarding its current reviews and efforts. At the meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council will provide an update on its current activities, including any potential future requests to the Delta ISB. In addition, Dr. Laurel Larsen, the new Delta lead scientist, will share her vision for the Delta Science Program. Afterwards, the Delta ISB will discuss the current status, including next steps, on the Science Needs Assessment and the Monitoring Enterprise Review.
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 discretion 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.
|~ 10:30 AM: Meeting Starts|
|1.|| Welcome and Declarations|
|2.|| Delta ISB Chair Report and Business Matters|
|3.|| Delta Stewardship Council Chair and Executive Officer Report|
The Delta Stewardship Council will provide an update on its activities, including potential future requests to the Delta ISB.
|4.|| Delta Lead Scientist Report|
Dr. Laurel Larsen, the new Delta lead scientist, will share her vision for the Delta Science Program and will provide an update on the Delta Science Program’s activities, including potential future requests to the Delta ISB.
|5.|| Discussion: Science Needs Assessment|
Based on the recommendations from the Delta ISB and the endorsement of the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC), a long-term Science Needs Assessment is being developed, as part of the Delta Science Funding and Governance Initiative. The Science Needs Assessment will identify key science efforts to provide long-term management insights in the context of rapid environmental change and recommendations for organizing the science enterprise to better address complex and changing problems. At the meeting, Dr. Steve Brandt and Dr. Jay Lund of the Delta ISB will provide an update on the development of the Science Needs Assessment, including the latest draft outline. Based on the update, the Delta ISB will discuss next steps.
|6.|| Discussion: Monitoring Enterprise Review|
The Delta ISB is undertaking a broad review of the Delta monitoring enterprise, which is the full suite of monitoring activities that occur in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh. The review has two components. Component 1 is the development of a comprehensive inventory of monitoring activities in the Delta, which is now complete (see Component 1 summary). Component 2 is the Delta ISB’s assessment of the Delta monitoring enterprise, which will be based on the information obtained in Component 1 and other information gathered by the Delta ISB during its review.
At the meeting, Dr. Vince Resh, former Delta ISB member, and Cheryl Patel, the Delta ISB fellow, will provide an overview of what has been done to date on the Monitoring Enterprise Review. Based on the presentation, the Delta ISB will discuss next steps for the review. For more information on the scope of the review, please refer to the monitoring enterprise review prospectus.
|7.|| Preparation for Upcoming Delta ISB Meetings|
|8.||Review of Items for Follow-up|
Staff will provide a summary of any follow-up items for individual members to address after the meeting.
|9.|| Public Comments|
The Delta ISB will take public comments on topics within its jurisdiction that are not on the agenda.
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|~ 12:45 PM: Meeting Adjourned|
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| ||If you have any questions, please contact Edmund Yu at 916-445-0637 or Edmund.Yu@deltacouncil.ca.gov.|
| ||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.|
| ||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).|
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