The Management Committee and Inter-Agency Working Group Committee have established a series of technical work groups to address Delta LTMS issues that are either too focused in content for discussion among the entire Strategy Review Group or too technical in nature to be effectively resolved at the Management Committee level. The Management Committee will approve the leader and participants for each work group, and they will report directly to the Inter-Agency Working Group.
After an in-depth review of stakeholder comments and priorities, and the available data for use in developing the proposed Delta LTMS, several data gaps/data needs were identified by the Corps and other SRG participants. Included were the following items/topics:
Clarify the permitting process relative to Delta dredging & reuse projects
Increase coordination between agencies
Maintain navigation, shipping and flood control
Maintain surface and ground water quality
Development of dredge material disposal alternatives
Maintain integrity of islands
Ecosystem restoration from beneficial reuse
Research the quality of dredge material removed
Evaluate potential new ways for how dredge material is disposed
Evaluate biological windows (Programmatic BA)
Develop/determine appropriate toxicity tests for Delta dredge material
Develop/refine appropriate chemistry testing protocols
Evaluate the need for standard testing guidelines
To address these perceived information gaps, four technical working groups have been created: Regional Dredging and Reuse Permitting; Testing Protocol Review; Programmatic BA Development; and Disposal and Reuse Alternative Development. Additional details on the specific work groups can be found in the links provided at the bottom of the page.