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California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2B

January 23, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST
January 24, 2017 – 2 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST

Park Tower Conference Center
980 Ninth St., Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814


The purpose of the California WaterFix (WaterFix) Aquatic Science Peer Review Phase 2 is to provide  the National Marine Fisheries Service  (NMFS)  and  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) with an independent scientific evaluation of draft sections of the NMFS’ and FWS’ Biological Opinions (BiOps) on WaterFix for all federal Endangered Species Act-listed aquatic species and their critical habitat. The draft BiOps sections include the analytical approach of the NMFS and  analytical framework of FWS, status of the species and critical habitat, environmental baseline, and effects analysis sections. The  review will also provide independent scientific peer review of a proposed approach to establishing  Longfin Smelt outflow criteria as modeled in the California Endangered Species Act permit for WaterFix.

Order of agenda items and listed times are subject to change
Day 1 (January 23, 2017)

9:00 9:10 Welcome Remarks

9:10 9:40 Opening Remarks – NMFS, USFWS, CDFW
II. NMFS Draft BiOp Sections

9:40 11:15 Analytical Approach, Status of the Species/Status of Critical Habitat,
Environmental Baseline, Effects of Proposed Action – NMFS

11:15 12:00 Review Panel/ Presenter Q&A
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
III. FWS Draft BiOp Sections

1:00 – 2:30
Delta Smelt and its Critical Habitat Analyses: Analytical Framework for the
Jeopardy and Adverse Modification Analyses, Status of the
Species/Status of Critical Habitat, Environmental Baseline, Effects of the
Proposed Action, Project-level Reinitiation Triggers and Programmatic
Approach with Subsequent Consultation – FWS

2:30 – 3:15
Review Panel/ Presenter Q&A
3:15 - 3:30 Break
California Endangered Species Act

3:30 – 4:15
Proposed Approach to Establishing Longfin Smelt Outflow Criteria - CDFW
V. General Presenter/ Review Panel Discussion

4:15 – 4:50
Review Panel/ Presenter Q&A
Public Comment

4:50 – 5:00
Public Comment Period
5:00 Adjourn

Day 2 (January 24, 2017)
Presentation of Initial Recommendations from the Review Panel

2:00 – 3:00
Presentation of Initial Findings and Recommendations - Review Panel
3:00 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:30
Discussion between the Review Panel and Presenters from the Previous
Concluding Remarks

4:30 – 4:45 Public Comment

4:45 – 5:00 Next Steps
5:00 Adjourn