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The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) has carried out collaborative ecological research and monitoring efforts in the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary since the 1970s (for more on IEPs history, click here)  The following items provide an overview of the IEPs background, goals, and organizational structure:

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  Guiding Principles

The Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) collaboratively monitors, researches, models, and synthesizes critical information for adaptive management, water project operations, planning and regulatory purposes relative to endangered fish and the aquatic ecosystem in the San Francisco estuary (Bay-Delta).

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IEP Vision and Mission


The mission of the IEP is to provide and integrate relevant and timely ecological information for management of the Bay‐Delta ecosystem and the water that flows through it. This is accomplished through collaborative and scientifically sound monitoring, research, modeling, and synthesis efforts for various aspects of the aquatic ecosystem.

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Strategic Plan

The IEP’s strategic plan articulates the purpose, function and scope of the program, what it values, how it operates, and how science priorities are established. This is especially important in the context of the many new planning, regulatory and science initiatives that will rely on the work for which IEP is nationally recognized.

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IEP Member Agencies and MOUs

The IEP consists of nine member agencies, three State (Department of Water Resources, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and State Water Resources Control Board) and six Federal (Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Geological Survey, Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Environmental Protection Agency). IEP also has several key partnerships (San Francisco Estuary Institute, Delta Stewardship Council Science Program, and Central Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region).

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Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Plan

The IEP Stakeholder Group (IEP SG) consists of IEP agency representatives and stakeholders who participate outside the Science Management and Coordinators Teams but use information and data developed by the IEP for the management and regulation of water quality and biological resources of the San Francisco Estuary. The IEP completed a Stakeholder Engagement Plan in 2013, followed by an expanded Communication and Engagement Plan in 2015.

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Governance Framework

The IEP’s governance document was developed as a framework to foster, facilitate, and enhance the already highly functioning IEP teams, by documenting and standardizing governance processes and responsibilities to implement the IEP’s vision and mission.

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