Re-Funding the Science Board

A year ago, the Delta Independent Science Board (Delta ISB) was defunded for Fiscal Year 2020-21. In June of 2020 the Delta Stewardship Council staff discontinued contracts paying the Delta ISB members at professional scientific rates. The Delta ISB members then served without compensation until November of 2020, when the contracts were replaced by $100 per diem salaried positions, effective retroactive to July 1, 2020. The compensation change has crippled the work of the Delta ISB. Some are arguing that this move was actually illegal.

The legislature has decided not to address the Delta ISB funding issue through the state budget, but through Senate Bill 821, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Delta Independent Science Board. This is a very important and necessary bill and we applaud the Senate for their efforts.

California Water Research was instrumental in uncovering this travesty and pushing for funding for this important work to be reinstated.

Especially now, as projects like the False River Dam are implemented and the Single Tunnel “Delta Conveyance Project” EIR is being finalized, having input from independent scientists is critical. It appears the CA Senate totally appreciates the need and the urgency and is pushing ahead to get the science board funding re-established.

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2 Responses to “Re-Funding the Science Board”

  1. 1 john armstrong June 29, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    You and Dierdre are doing a great job on this. I’m aware she spent a lot of her own money to pay for the lobbyist. I contributed a little. Should do more.

    • 2 Jan June 29, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you John but this one has all been Deirdre! She took it on when I was out of town (50th wedding anniversary and camping trip to Colorado) and she did it all!!! Thank you for contributing to this important effort.

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