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Welcome to our Special Studies Research Program at DWR. Dr. Peggy Lehman, Dr. Brett Harvey and Dr. Kristopher Jones, collaborate with other scientific experts from State and Federal agencies, and national and international academic institutions, stakeholders and businesses to design and implement diverse scientific studies using state-of-the art technology, such as flowCAM, microbial biomass and nutrient cycling, and continuous water quality, to answer current ecosystem questions in the San Francisco Estuary Watershed. They partner with the Interagency Ecological Program, the Delta Stewardship Council, the Bay-Delta Science Consortium, the California Water Quality Monitoring Council, the California Estuaries Portal, and lead interdisciplinary research studies crucial to water operations management and restoration planning and implementation.

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Photos by Peggy Lehman, Brett Harvey and Scott Waller

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