The Collaborative Science and Adaptive Management Program (CSAMP) being undertaken in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was launched following a decision in April 2013 by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. That order extended the schedule for completion of revisions to the salmon (NMFS 2009) and Delta Smelt (FWS 2008) Biological Opinions related to operations of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State Water Project (SWP) and allowed the litigants time to create an alternative approach to resolving science-based disputes.
Following the issuance of the Court Order, a two-tiered organizational structure was established to implement CSAMP comprised of (1) a Policy Group of agency directors and top-level executives from the entities involved in the litigation, and (2) a Collaborative Adaptive Management Team (CAMT) including designated managers and scientists representing those entities and functioning under the governance and direction of the Policy Group. The CAMT’s mission is to “develop a robust science and adaptive management program that will inform . . . implementation of current Biological Opinions.”
Working under a contract funded by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), Brown served as the first facilitator of the CAMT and CSAMP processes from their establishment through March 2016. He participated in the planning, implementation, and management of the program to: (1) identify areas where significant disagreement exists among the parties, and (2) develop and execute workplans addressing those disagreements through on-going collaborative science that adheres to rigorous standards of scientific analysis and review. Learn more from Maven’s article on CSAMP dated April 15, 2014.