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A review of the use of science and adaptive management in California's draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan [electronic resource] / Panel to Review California's Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Water Science and Technology Board, Ocean Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies.

By: National Research Council (U.S.). Panel to Review California's Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
Contributor(s): National Research Council (U.S.). Water Science and Technology Board.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2011Description: 1 online resource (x, 81 p.) : ill., maps (chiefly col.).ISBN: 9780309212328 (electronic bk.); 0309212324 (electronic bk.); 1283278758; 9781283278751.Subject(s): Bay Delta Conservation Plan (Calif.) | Natural resources conservation areas -- California -- Delta Region | Ecosystem management | Water conservation -- California -- Delta Region | Wetland restoration -- California -- Delta Region | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Development -- Sustainable Development | NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & ProtectionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Review of the use of science and adaptive management in California's draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan.DDC classification: 333.72097946 Online resources: ebrary | EBSCOhost | MyiLibrary | National Academies Press | MyiLibrary, Table of contents
Contents:
Background -- Critical gaps in the scope of the draft BDCP -- Use of science in the BDCP -- Adaptive management in the BDCP -- Management fragmentation and a lack of coherence -- In conclusion.
Introduction -- Background -- Critical gaps in the scope of the draft BDCP -- Use of science in the BDCP -- Adaptive management in the BDCP -- Management fragmentation and a lack of coherence -- In conclusion -- Appendixes -- Statement of Task -- BDCP Steering Committee Members and Planning Agreement Signature Dates -- BDCP Proposed Covered Species and Associated Habitats -- Possible Causal Connections in Suppression of Populations of Endangered Suckers in Upper Klamath Lake -- BDCP Adaptive Management Process Framework -- Water Science and Technology Board -- Ocean Studies Board -- Panel Biographical Information.
Summary: "The San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary is a large, complex estuarine ecosystem in California. It has been substantially altered by dikes, levees, channelization, pumps, human development, introduced species, dams on its tributary streams and contaminants. The Delta supplies water from the state's wetter northern regions to the drier southern regions and also serves as habitat for many species, some of which are threatened and endangered. The restoration of water exacerbated tensions over water allocation in recent years, and have led to various attempts to develop comprehensive plans to provide reliable water supplies and to protect the ecosystem. One of these plans is the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The report, A review of the use of science and adaptive management in California's draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan, determines that the plan is incomplete in a number of important areas and takes this opportunity to identify key scientific and structural gaps that, if addressed, could lead to a more successful and comprehensive final BDCP. The plan is missing the type of structure usually associated with current planning methods in which the goals and objectives are specified, alternative measure for achieving the objectives are introduced and analyzed, and a course of action in identified based on analytical optimization of economic, social, and environmental factors. Yet the panel underscores the importance of a credible and a robust BDCP in addressing the various water management problems that beset the Delta. A stronger, more complete, and more scientifically credible BDCP that effectively integrates and utilizes science could indeed pave the way toward the next generation of solutions to California's chronic water problems."--Publisher's description.
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"Panel to Review California's Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Water Science and Technology Board, Ocean Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies."

Includes bibliographical references (p. 52-60).

Background -- Critical gaps in the scope of the draft BDCP -- Use of science in the BDCP -- Adaptive management in the BDCP -- Management fragmentation and a lack of coherence -- In conclusion.

Introduction -- Background -- Critical gaps in the scope of the draft BDCP -- Use of science in the BDCP -- Adaptive management in the BDCP -- Management fragmentation and a lack of coherence -- In conclusion -- Appendixes -- Appendix A: Statement of Task -- B: BDCP Steering Committee Members and Planning Agreement Signature Dates -- C: BDCP Proposed Covered Species and Associated Habitats -- D: Possible Causal Connections in Suppression of Populations of Endangered Suckers in Upper Klamath Lake -- E: BDCP Adaptive Management Process Framework -- F: Water Science and Technology Board -- G: Ocean Studies Board -- H: Panel Biographical Information.

"The San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary is a large, complex estuarine ecosystem in California. It has been substantially altered by dikes, levees, channelization, pumps, human development, introduced species, dams on its tributary streams and contaminants. The Delta supplies water from the state's wetter northern regions to the drier southern regions and also serves as habitat for many species, some of which are threatened and endangered. The restoration of water exacerbated tensions over water allocation in recent years, and have led to various attempts to develop comprehensive plans to provide reliable water supplies and to protect the ecosystem. One of these plans is the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The report, A review of the use of science and adaptive management in California's draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan, determines that the plan is incomplete in a number of important areas and takes this opportunity to identify key scientific and structural gaps that, if addressed, could lead to a more successful and comprehensive final BDCP. The plan is missing the type of structure usually associated with current planning methods in which the goals and objectives are specified, alternative measure for achieving the objectives are introduced and analyzed, and a course of action in identified based on analytical optimization of economic, social, and environmental factors. Yet the panel underscores the importance of a credible and a robust BDCP in addressing the various water management problems that beset the Delta. A stronger, more complete, and more scientifically credible BDCP that effectively integrates and utilizes science could indeed pave the way toward the next generation of solutions to California's chronic water problems."--Publisher's description.

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