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Delta Stewardship Council
  Posted Date: October 8, 2021

Meeting Notice of the
Delta Independent Science Board


Tuesday, October 19, 2021
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST


Meeting Location:
Remote access only; No public location

In accordance with Assembly Bill 361 (Government Code Section 11133), the Delta Stewardship Council will provide for remote participation by Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) members, staff, and members of the public. As such, this meeting will be conducted entirely remotely via Cal-SPAN and Zoom: there will not be a public, in-person access location.
Members of the public may observe the meeting via the webcast outlined below. If you have an oral public comment during the meeting, please email the meeting clerk at disb@deltacouncil.ca.gov and provide your name, organization (if applicable), and the agenda item you wish to comment on. Please be on mute until prompted by the Chair to provide your comment. If you prefer to provide written comments, please email the meeting clerk the message that should be read to the Delta ISB during the agenda item.

Webcast
The meeting will be webcast and will be recorded. To join the webcast, please
register before the meeting via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KmF34Tq3R1iH-xXe9_NmJg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the
webcast. If you have a computer microphone, you will have the option to receive audio
and provide oral comments through your computer. If not, please dial the phone number
listed in your confirmation email.

Note: Accessing the Zoom webcast requires you to enter your name and email, which
may be disclosed as public information. The signal for the live feed may be intermittent
due to the internet infrastructure at your location.

Other Remote Options
If you need a phone only option, please call the meeting clerk at 916-902-6571
by 7:30 AM on Tuesday, October 19.

If you prefer a view-only option that does not require registration, the meeting will
also be webcast on CAL-SPAN: https://cal-span.org/static/index.php.
With this option, you will not be able to provide oral comments.

Meeting Materials
Materials referenced in this notice are available on the events web page at
https://deltacouncil.ca.gov/events.html. Members of the public are encouraged to visit
the events web page to view the meeting materials.

Purpose:
The Delta ISB will meet to discuss public comments received on its water supply reliability review. Based on the discussion, the Delta ISB may take action on next steps for this review. In addition, the Delta ISB will discuss its future activities, including future reviews. To help inform its discussion on future activities, the Delta Science Program will present its draft assessment of the Delta ISB. The purpose of the assessment is to document the Delta ISB’s activities since 2010 and to understand their impacts and significance in the Delta. Based on the discussion, the Delta ISB may take action on next steps on future activities.

This section describes the highlights. For more information about the meeting, refer to the agenda below.
 
Agenda
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 expressly listed for action, may be deliberated upon and may be subject to action.
~ 9:00 AM: Meeting Starts
1. Welcome and Declarations
2. Delta ISB Chair Report and Business Matters
3. Delta Stewardship Council Chair and Executive Office Report
4. Delta Lead Scientist Report

Dr. Laurel Larsen will report on recent advances in Delta science and research, including an overview of an article titled, “Coldwater fish in a warm water world: Implications for predation of salmon smolts during estuary transit” (Nobriga et al. 2021).
5. Discussion: Monitoring Enterprise Review Update

The Delta ISB is in the process of reviewing how well monitoring programs are meeting the informational needs of management agencies. There are two components to this review. Component 1 was the development of a comprehensive inventory of monitoring programs in the Delta, which was completed in March 2020 (see Component 1 summary). Component 2, currently underway, is the Delta ISB’s evaluation and recommendations on monitoring programs. The Delta ISB will discuss the status of this review. For more information on the scope of the review, please refer to the monitoring enterprise review prospectus.
6. Presentation: Delta Science Program Draft Assessment of the Delta ISB

Dr. Lauren Hastings and Dr. Chelsea Batavia of the Delta Science Program will present its draft assessment of the Delta ISB. The purpose of the assessment is to document the Delta ISB’s activities since 2010, and to understand their impacts and significance in the Delta.
7. Discussion and Potential Action: Future Activities (Action Item)

Based on information presented on the Delta Science Program’s draft assessment of the Delta ISB, and agency presentations at the Delta ISB’s August 2021 and September 2021 meetings, the Delta ISB will discuss its future activities, including future reviews. Based on the discussion, the Delta ISB may take action on next steps on future activities, which could include the selection of future review topics.
8. Discussion and Potential Action: Water Supply Reliability Review (Action Item)

The Delta ISB is undertaking a review of the scientific efforts and methods by various programs to estimate and evaluate water supply reliability. A draft report is currently out for public comments, which are due on October 15, 2021. The Delta ISB will discuss public comments received on its draft report. Based on the discussion, the Delta ISB may take action on next steps for this review, which may include finalizing the content of the report.

For more information on the scope of the review, please refer to the Delta ISB’s water supply reliability review prospectus.
9. Preparation for Upcoming Delta ISB Meetings
10. Review of Items for Follow-up

Staff will provide a summary of any follow-up items for individual members to address after the meeting.
11. Public Comments

The Delta ISB will take public comments on topics within its jurisdiction that are not on the agenda.
   
~ 1:00 PM: Meeting Adjourned
   
Additional Information
 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Edmund Yu at 916-902-6571 or Edmund.Yu@deltacouncil.ca.gov.
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  • If you need reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Delta Stewardship Council’s Human Resources Office at 916-445-5511.
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  • 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 (Agenda Item 7) 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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