Regional San’s core mission is to protect public health and the environment by conveying, treating, and recovering resources from wastewater responsibly and cost-effectively. Critical to this are programs and resources to produce scientific information necessary to meet that mission.
Regional San’s Scientific Research Section provides scientific support to a wide range of research evaluations, studies, and collaborations, with the goal of better understanding the current and future effects of our discharge on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, as well as other factors affecting the ecological health of the watershed.
Our Science Team’s Threefold Guiding Strategy
Engage in scientific research assessing the health of aquatic ecosystems, with a particular focus on effects resulting from the Regional San’s discharge to the Delta watershed.
Partner with other organizations conducting scientific studies evaluating current and projected future threats to aquatic ecosystem health in the Delta watershed.
Provide scientific support to Regional San staff for planning, compliance, design, and optimization activities.
A primary focus of the Regional San science team is working in partnership with other agencies and organizations to study the importance of a wide range of stressors on the Delta ecosystem (and on the Delta’s beneficial uses) so that the best possible science can be brought to bear on critical policy and management issues in the Delta and watershed.
Potential stressors include hydrologic modification, fish entrainment, invasive species, predation, contaminants, habitat loss or alteration, climate change, and our treatment plant’s discharge.
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