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980 9TH STREET, SUITE 1500
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 95814
WWW.DELTACOUNCIL.CA.GOV
(916) 445-5511

 Posted Date: November 3, 2020

Meeting Notice of the Delta Independent Science Board

Friday, November 13, 2020
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM PST


Meeting Location:
Remote access only; No public location


In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-25-20 issued on March 12, 2020, and the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 issued on March 17, 2020, the Delta Stewardship Council will continue to provide opportunities for remote participation by Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) members, staff, and the public with prudent measures to reduce community transmission of COVID-19.

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_RVwHO0-HTDy3ufrtsKQjew

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 916-445-0637 by 10:00 AM on Friday, November 13.

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.

Curtailment of Delta ISB
Activities As discussed at the Delta ISB’s September 17, 2020 meeting, members of the Delta ISB are now acting as unpaid volunteers. The State of California has not yet secured a way to financially compensate Delta ISB members for its activities, as they have done in the past. The timetable to resolve this issue is unknown. This status necessitates curtailing the agenda and activities of the Delta ISB to a much lower volunteer level. Consequently, substantial delays in many of the Delta ISB’s anticipated and legislatively mandated reviews, products, and activities are expected. The Delta ISB looks forward to returning to its high level of productivity as soon as the State resolves this issue.

Purpose
The Delta ISB will moderate a panel discussion on the state of knowledge on food-webs in the Bay-Delta to help orient new members on the topic and to help inform current and future reviews. Panelists include Dr. Wim Kimmerer (San Francisco State University) and Dr. Ted Sommer (California Department of Water Resources).

In addition, the Delta ISB will meet to discuss its latest draft report: “The Science of Nonnative Species in a Dynamic Delta,” which was prepared as part of the Delta ISB’s responsibility to provide scientific oversight of programs that support adaptive management of the Delta. Based on the discussion, the Delta ISB may take action on next steps and consider approving the content of the report for submittal to the Delta Stewardship Council.

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

The meeting will be webcast at https://deltacouncil.ca.gov.
Webcast signal may be intermittent due to internet infrastructure at the meeting location.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the events web page
at https://deltacouncil.ca.gov/events.htmlto viewthe meeting materials.
A limited number of copies of these materials will be available at the meeting.
 

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 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.
~ 11:30 AM: Meeting Starts
 1. Welcome and Declarations
 2. Delta ISB Chair Report and Business Matters
 3. Informational Item and Discussion on Science: Food-webs and Delta Sustainability

The Delta ISB will moderate a panel discussion on the state of knowledge on food-webs in the Bay-Delta to help orient new members about the topic and to help inform current and future reviews. Panelists include Dr. Wim Kimmerer (San Francisco State University) and Dr. Ted Sommer (California Department of Water Resources).
 4. Discussion and Potential Action: Draft Report on the Ecosystems (Non-native Species) Review (Action Item)

The Delta ISB is in the process of reviewing the adequacy of the science by various programs to predict and explain the effects of non-native species in Delta ecosystems, and the potential for controlling current and future invaders. At the meeting, the Delta ISB will discuss the latest draft report and whether it adequately addresses comments discussed at past Delta ISB meetings. Based on the discussion, the Delta ISB may take action on next steps, including approving the content of the report for submittal to the Delta Stewardship Council. For more information on the scope of the review, please refer to the Delta ISB’s ecosystems review prospectus.
 5. Preparation for Upcoming Delta ISB Meetings
 6. Review of Items for Follow-up

Staff will provide a summary of any action taken at the meeting and of any follow-up items for individual members to address after the meeting.
 7. Public Comments

The Delta ISB will take public comments on topics within its jurisdiction that are not on the agenda.

 ~ 1:30 PM: Meeting Adjourned

 Additional Information
  • 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).