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2013 Science Symposium for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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The 2013 Science Symposium for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project will be held at the U.S. Geological Survey Menlo Park Campus. 

We will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project with a reception after the symposium. 

This event is at capacity, but can be viewed live by video on the internet, with the opportunity to ask questions. 

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8:15   Registration and coffee

8:30   10 Year Anniversary – Science Tribute (15 minutes)

8:45 Welcome and Review of Phase 1 Key Uncertainties (15 minutes)

            John Bourgeois, Executive Project Manager    

            Laura Valoppi, Lead Scientist

Session 1: Sediment Dynamics – (85 minutes)

Moderator: Pat Showalter, Santa Clara Valley Water District

9:00    Introduction of topic

9:05    Dave Schoellhamer, USGS – Does Central Valley runoff control sediment   supply to South San Francisco Bay?

 9:20   Evyan Borgnis, SFU – Sediment Dynamics and Vegetation Recruitment in Newly Restored Salt Ponds

 9:35    Bruce Jaffe, USGS – Restoration with Accelerated Sea Level Rise—Sediment Limited?

 9:50    Eric Mruz, USFWS – Getting ahead of Sea Level Rise: use of upland fill material

 10:05 Discussion (20 minutes)


10:25 Break (15 minutes)


Session 2: Mercury Remobilization and Bioaccumulation (85 minutes)

 Moderator: Laura Valoppi, U.S. Geological Survey

 10:40 Introduction of topic

 10:45  Josh Ackerman, USGS – The South Bay Mercury Project: Using Biosentinels to Monitor Effects of Wetland Restoration for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

 11:00  Darrel Slotton, UC Davis - The South Bay Mercury Project: Using Small Fish in Alviso Slough to Monitor Downstream Effects of Wetland Restoration in the South Bay Salt Ponds

 11:15    Mark Marvin DiPasquale, USGS – An Examination of Mercury Mobilization and Transformation Associated With Wetland Restoration in South San Francisco Bay

 11:30   John Bourgeois, SCC – Changes in Management of Pond A8 in Response to Mercury Results

 11:45   Discussion (20 minutes)


12:05 Lunch— and view posters (55 minutes) lunch on your own; meals for purchase will be provided


Session 3: Bird Use of Pond Habitats (100 minutes)

 Moderator: Anne Morkill, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 1:00    Introduction of topic

 1:05     John Takekawa, USGS – Waterbird Response to Pond Management

 1:20    Catherine Burns, SFBBO – California Gull Population Growth and Response to Pond A6 Breach

 1:35     Christina Donehower, SFBBO – Monitoring Western Snowy Plovers in South Bay Salt Ponds: recent results and future research needs

 1:50     Jana Sokale, Consultant– Balancing Waterbird Protection and Public Access

 2:05    Cheryl Strong, USFWS – Changes in Management of Ponds in Response to Bird Research Results

 2:20    Discussion (20 minutes)  


2:40   Break (15 minutes)


Session 4: Bird Use of Islands (85 minutes)

 Moderator: Cheryl Strong, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 2:55     Introduction of topic         

 3:00    Alex Hartman, USGS – Factors Influencing Breeding Waterbird Use of Islands in San Francisco Bay

 3:15     Lacy Smith, USGS – Migratory and Wintering Waterbird Use of Islands within the South Bay Salt Ponds

 3:30    Stacy Moskal, USGS – Response of Waterbirds to Salt Pond Enhancements and Island Creation in the San Francisco Bay

 3:45    John Krause, CDFW – E12-E13 Design Revisions, Informed by Science, Implemented in Design and Construction: Island Design and foraging/roosting enhancements

 4:00    Discussion (20 minutes)


4:20 Summary (20 minutes):

 What we have learned and where we are going.

 John Bourgeois and Laura Valoppi


 4:40 - 7:00 pm      Reception and poster session


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When & Where

U.S. Geological Survey, Building 3 Auditorium
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, 94025

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PDT)

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