The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are pleased to award nearly $10 million to fund 15 critical scientific studies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and Suisun Marsh over the next three years.
“Results from the Delta Science Program’s last competitive research solicitation nearly 10 years ago have been highly valuable in informing Delta management. With these new projects, we expect to fill important knowledge gaps that will continue to allow decision makers to make forward-looking management decisions based on the best available science,” said Delta Lead Scientist John Callaway, who helped lead the review of
proposals submitted to the Council, Reclamation, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as part of the collaborative Delta science proposal solicitation.
Projects went through a rigorous and competitive selection process of multiple reviews, including a panel of nationally renowned subject matter experts. Projects were chosen based on scientific rigor and their potential to fulfill knowledge gaps and needs identified by the 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda and to meet CDFW’s priorities for the Delta region.
The multi-agency proposal solicitation attracted 62 proposals, requesting more than $43 million in funding. This response reflects the breadth of research needed as the Delta community continues working together to address gaps in knowledge and ensure informed decision-making.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to partner with other agencies in the Delta. Using a competitive process allows us to identify and fund innovative science while advancing our collective understanding of the Delta,” said Reclamation’s Bay-Delta Area Office Manager David Mooney.
At its April 25 meeting, the Council voted to approve $9,645,959 to fund 15 projects, with Reclamation contributing almost $2 million toward four of these projects. More information about CDFW’s grant awards will be available in the near future.
To learn more about the Delta science proposal solicitation and the selected projects, please click here
Download the 2019 competitive research awards fact sheet here.