Workshops - Science Issues Relating to Delta Conveyance Infrastructure

One of the goals of the CALFED Science Program is to provide authoritative and unbiased descriptions of scientific knowledge. To fulfill this goal, the Science Program holds workshops designed to provide a forum for discussions and the exchange of information among Scientists, Stakeholders, Agency Staff, and the public about topics important to the region. These workshops synthesize the science related to complex problems and provide advice for undertaking specific complex tasks in support of Delta planning and decision-making.

The CALFED Science Program convened two workshops to examine key science issues posed by current and alternate means of moving water across the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. An isolated conveyance facility has long been considered a potential solution to a spectrum of water and environmental problems in the Delta, although it was rejected by voters in 1982. Through-Delta conveyance was adopted as the preferred alternative of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program in 2000, with a re-evaluation in 2007. These workshops examined options now being considered including various forms of armored and semi-isolated ways of moving water across or around the Delta.



CALFED Science Program Workshops -- Science Issues Relating to Delta Conveyance Infrastructure

The CALFED Science Program convened the second of two workshops to examine key science issues posed by current and alternate means of moving water across the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. An isolated conveyance facility has long been considered a potential solution to a spectrum of water and environmental problems in the Delta, although it was rejected by voters in 1982. Through-Delta conveyance was adopted as the preferred alternative of the CALFED Bay-Delta Program in 2000, with a re-evaluation in 2007. This workshop examined options now being considered including various forms of armored and semi-isolated ways of moving water across or around the Delta.

Workshop Products

Delta Conveyance Workshop Synthesis, March 2008

Workshop Webcasts -

September 11 -- http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?regd=y&id=41794

August 22 - http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?regd=y&id=41793

Workshop #2: Science Related to Through-Delta Options
September 11, 2007, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Download Meeting Notice for September 11 workshop.

Focus

The emphasis of the second workshop will be to examine via presentations and question-and-answer period technical and scientific issues relating to installation and operation of various through-Delta conveyance options for California water supply. The intent is to explore and clarify the state of the science on which Delta conveyance decisions can be made and to support ongoing efforts of Bay-Delta Conservation Planning and the Delta Vision Task Force.

AGENDA

9:00 am

  1. Introduction - Dr. Michael Healey, CALFED Science Program
  2. Through-Delta Conveyance Options - Dr. Ron Ott, CALFED Science Program (retired)
  3. Conceptual Approaches to Water and Environmental Management - Dr. Denise Reed, University of New Orleans
  4. Hydrodynamic Issues - Dr. Pete Smith, United States Geological Survey
  5. Water Quality Issues - Dr. Robin Stewart, United States Geological Survey
  6. Environmental Issues - Mr. Matthew Nobriga, CALFED Science Program

Lunch

  1. Synthesis - Dr. Bruce Herbold, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  2. Discussion - Dr. Michael Healey, CALFED Science Program
  3. Public Comment

4:00 pm Adjourn


Workshop #1: Science Related to an Isolated Facility
August 22, 2007 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Focus

The emphasis of the first workshop will be to examine via presentations and question-and-answer period technical and scientific issues relating to installation and operation of an isolated facility for California water supply. The intent was to explore and clarify the state-of-the-science on which Delta conveyance decisions can be made and to support ongoing efforts of Bay-Delta Conservation Planning and the Delta Vision Task Force.

AGENDA

9:00 am

  1. Introduction - Dr. Michael Healey, CALFED Science Program
  2. History of the Isolated Facility - Mr. Dan Odenweller, Regional Water Quality Control Board
  3. Design and Operation Issues - Mr. Dennis Majors, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  4. Environmental Issues - Dr. William Bennett, University of California at Davis
  5. Water Quality Issues - Dr. Samuel Luoma, United States Geological Survey
  6. Economic Issues - Dr. Richard Howitt, University of California at Davis
  7. Synthesis - Dr. Wim Kimmerer, San Francisco State University
  8. Discussion - Dr. Michael Healey, CALFED Science Program
  9. Public Comment

4:00 pm Adjourn