The CALFED Environmental Restoration Program is an element of a comprehensive effort to address water supply, water quality, flood risk, and ecosystem integrity in California’s central valley and San Francisco Bay estuary. The program is based on two key features—a whole ecosystem approach and an adaptive management strategy. To be successful, the program must have a foundation of scientifically defensible models of the system to be managed that incorporate both ecological and sociological opportunities and constraints. This paper describes conceptual models at multiple spatial and temporal scales that support the restoration efforts, and describes the adaptive management that will accompany on-the-ground actions.
The CALFED Bay-Delta Environmental Restoration Program