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Project Title: Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta

PIN: DELS-WSTB-09-09         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Water Science and Technology Board

Policansky, David

Subject/Focus Area:
Agriculture; Biology and Life Sciences; Environment and Environmental Studies; Policy for Science and Technology

Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta
January 24, 2010 - January 28, 2010
Davis, California

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Ellen de Guzman
Phone: 202/334-3422
Fax: 202/334-1961


Please Register to attend at:

NRC Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta
Meeting 1


**Please note that the order and precise timing of breaks and presentations within the open sessions is subject to change based on presenters’ availabilities and schedule**

Giedt Hall1001
University of California, Davis

Closed Session- Classroom at Giedt Hall, Room 1007
NRC Committee and Staff Only

2:00-4:00 pm

Open Session at Giedt Hall, Room 1001

4:00 pm Welcome, Introduction to the NRC,
The Committee and Its Task S. Parker, R. Huggett

4:10 pm The Honorable Representative Jim Costa

4: 30 pm Jeffrey Mount, Center for Wetland Sciences, U.C. Davis

5:30 pm Adjourn

ARC Ballroom
University of California, Davis

Open Session

9:00 am Welcome, introduction to the NRC,
the Committee, and its Task S. Parker, R. Huggett

9:30 am Briefings from DOI and NOAA

• Welcome and Introduction TBD

• Brief Overview of Sacramento San Joaquin Rivers and Delta Ecosystems and CVP–SWP Operations, and Role of Reclamation
and DWR Ron Milligan, Reclamation

• Endangered Species Act Section 7 Process Garwin Yip, NMFS

• Biological Opinions
o FWS Opinion
Delta Smelt status and conceptual model Matt Nobriga, CDFG
Project Effects upon Delta Smelt Mike Chotkowski, Reclamation
FWS RPA and Peer Review Cay Goude, FWS
o NMFS Opinion
Status of species Steve Lindley, NMFS-SWFSC
Approach to consultation Maria Rea , NMFS

12 noon Break

1:00 pm Continue briefings from DOI and NOAA
Consultation background and process,
analytic approach, baseline,
explanation of how effects are discussed by
hydrologic regions, summary of major effects,
and RPA overview and summary of elements Garwin Yip, NMFS

Shasta/Sacramento and American River divisions Bruce Oppenheim, NMFS
East Side/Stanislaus Division Rhonda Reed, NMFS
Delta Division Jeff Stuart, NMFS

o Coordinated Implementation of RPAs Dan Castleberry, FWS, and
Maria Rea, NMFS
o Endangered Species Act Case Law Melanie Rowland, NOAA-GC
o Summary Comments Dan Castleberry, FWS, and Maria Rea, NMFS


3:30 pm Open microphone

5:00 pm Adjourn, end open session for the day

ARC Ballroom
University of California, Davis

Open Session

8:30 am Welcome, Introductions S. Parker, R. Huggett
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi

8:45 am Briefings from CA Resources Agency

• Longfin Smelt; Importance of New Tidal Habitat Carl Wilcox
(CA Department of Fish and Game)

• Overview of water supply impacts of the BiOps Jerry Johns (CA Department
o Alternative to the RPAs of Water Resources)
Potential Entrainment Index (PEI) for Delta Smelt
Non-Physical Barrier for San Joaquin River Salmonids
Fall X issues and benefits of New Tidal Habitat

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Continue briefings from CA Resources Agency

• CALFED Science Cliff Dahm (CALFED)
o Ongoing research and science needs
o Delta flows and the new legislation
o Ammonia and other stressors

11:30 am Presentations by outside experts

• Christina Swanson, Executive Director, The Bay Institute

12 noon Break

1 pm Presentations by outside experts (continued)
• Peter B. Moyle, Professor of fish biology, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, U.C. Davis
• Rick Deriso, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (by WebEx)
• Greg Gartrell, Assistant General Manager for Delta Projects, Contra Costa Water District
• David Fullerton, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
• BJ Miller, Consultant
• Scott Hamilton, Coalition for a Sustainable Delta (invited)


4:15pm DeeDee D’Adamo, Senior Policy Adviser for Rep. Dennis Cardoza

4:30 pm Open microphone

6:00 pm Adjourn


Closed Session
NRC Committee and NRC Staff only


Closed Session
NRC Committee and NRC Staff only

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
1. Robert Huggett
2. James Anderson
3. Mike Campana
4. Al Giorgi
5. Pat Glibert
6. Tom Dunner
7. Christine Klein
8. Sam Luoma
9. Mike McGuire
10. Jayantha Obeysekera
11. Kenny Rose
12. Desiree Tullos
13. Max Pfeffer
14. Denise Reed
15. Tom Miller (via skype 1/24/10)

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
1. Bias and Conflict of Interest Discussion
2. Discussion of open session presentations
3. Study schedule and strategy to complete tasks
4. Deliberation of initial conclusions and recommendations for Phase I.
5. Future meetings

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
101. Milligan, Ron. NAS Request: Water Supply Effects. 1/26/2010.
106. Yip, Garwin. Clarification on use of DSM in delta modeling and analysis. 2/04/2010. (pdf and xls).
107. O’Laughlin, Tim. 2/1/2010. Stanislaus River Issues. Memo to the NRC Committee with 7 attachments.
108. Reed, Rhonda. 2/03/2010. Response to OID Testimony of 1-25-10.
112. Ford, Stephen. 1/27/2010. Information on Liberty Island Water Quality and Biological Monitoring Data. (with CD).
113. NMFS. 1/27/2010. Documents from NMFS on:
a. DVD of OCAP Biological Opinion Modeling Runs-2009
b. Economic Feasibility
i. 5/31/2009 Memo from Rhonda Reed on Documentation on the Development of the RPA to Avoid Jeopardy to CV steelhead in the Stanislaus River, Specifically as Relates to Flow and Temperature
ii. 5/2/2009 Memo from Maria Rea on Review of Information Related to Economic and Technological Feasibility of NOAA’s NMFS CVP/SWP Operations RPAs
iii. 4/28/2009 Memo from Katherine Kelly, CDWR to Ronald Milligan, Bureau of Reclamation on additional comments (specifically economic analyses) on NMFS’ draft Salmonid BioOp.
c. Alternative RPA considered but rejected
i. 5/19/2009 email from Rod McInnis, regarding trap and haul for Central Valley steelhead in the SJ River.
ii. 4/21/2005 email from Ron Ott, transmitting the South-Delta Fish Facilities Forum Co-Chair’s Report on the feasibility of fish screens in the South Delta.
115. Pool, R.B. 1/25/2010. Recommended industry actions for rebuilding fall-run. With CD.
116. Hilts’ Response to the “Stanislaus River Hydrology Analysis” submitted to the NAS on behalf of OID, SSJID & SEWD, dated February 18, 2010. This memo was prepared by Derek Hilts of FWS, who worked for NMFS in conducting the modeling for the Stan flow schedule.
120. Year type Inflow & Export Data 100129.xls. Source: Geimer, Teresa, Department of Water Resources, 1/28/2010. Electronic file located in Public Access File Folder.
121. DWR to NRC_Year type Delta Inflow Export Data 100127.xls Source: Geimer, Teresa, Department of Water Resources, 1/28/2010. Electronic file located in Public Access File Folder.
122. Delta Eutrophication Studies.pdf. Source: Thomas E. Lindemuth, President of the Board. Delta Science Center at Big Break
(Numbers correspond to internal study tracking number).

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: February 8, 2010