Category Archives: SCIENCE NEWS

New approaches for responding to climate change in the Delta


From the Delta Science Program: “Climate change is one of many threats facing the San Francisco Bay-Delta region, and has the potential to dramatically alter ecosystem health and function on a vast scale. Among the many challenges facing resource managers are understanding what the specific impacts of climate change will be and the mitigation/accommodation options that could be available. To […]

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One fish, two forms, many questions


From the FishBio blog: “Genetically they are the same species, but rainbow trout and steelhead lead very different lives. These fish represent two separate life strategies of the species Oncorhynchus mykiss: a resident form that stays in freshwater (rainbow trout), and an anadromous form that migrates to the ocean (steelhead). For years, researchers have been unable to identify specific traits […]

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May Integrated Modeling Workshop Brought Together International Experts

Blue Delta

From the Delta Science Program: “The Delta Stewardship Council and the National Science Foundation sponsored an Integrated Modeling Workshop May 21-22 at the University of California, Davis, to explore ways to improve the development and application of modeling for multipurpose management of changing estuarine systems. “Like many estuarine systems, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta needs to revolutionize how models and data […]

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Latest Brown Bag Seminars Focus on Subsidence, Native Pondweed, and Data Integration

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From the Delta Science Program: “The Delta Stewardship Council’s Joint Brown Bag seminars convey the latest scientific research and information and are sponsored by the Council’s Science Program in conjunction with the Ecosystem Restoration Program and the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. The most recent three seminars focused on subsidence, native pondweed, and data integration. Subsidence California experiences two types […]

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Can predator control help native fish?


From the FishBio blog: “Even introduced, non-native fishes get their day on Capitol Hill. On June 3, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriation Act that requires consideration of predator control efforts in recovery plans for federal Endangered Species Act (ESA)-protected species. If this amendment passes the Senate, it could open up new […]

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The problem of predation


From the FishBio blog: “Once set free in a new environment, non-native piscivores, or animals that eat fish, can wreak havoc on native fish populations. In the Colorado River Basin, such non-native piscivores are driving the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to step up their existing predator removal program on the Green River. Recently introduced fishing laws now require anglers […]

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Comprehensive, Post-Restoration Monitoring Report of Malibu Lagoon Indicates Success Towards Project Goals

Malibu Lagoon

From the Bay Foundation: “The Bay Foundation has just released the “Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Comprehensive Monitoring Report (Year 2)”, the first report to fully compare and evaluate pre-restoration conditions to two years of post-restoration conditions. The project has been watched carefully by many for its potential to be a test case for giving life back to a […]

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Shifting waters: California ocean grows warmer, less bountiful

Sea lion

From the FishBio blog: “On World Oceans Day today (June 8), we’re reflecting on the news that the California Current Ecosystem is changing. In this important marine environment off the West Coast, wind and water combine to fuel the production of rich wildlife diversity and bountiful fisheries (see Wind-powered). However, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently issued a […]

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Finding ‘Missing Link’ Between Vegetation and Carbon Sequestration

carbon sequestration

From the Delta Stewardship Council newsletter: “Although it’s been about two years since she started as a Delta Science Fellow, Dr. Iryna Dronova is still heavily involved in researching the vegetative cover of various wetland areas of the Delta as a way to help other researchers build models that will ultimately assist them in estimating the carbon sequestration potential across […]

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