The Work Plan reflects the annually planned work by IEP agencies to be conducted within the Bay-Delta ecosystem during the calendar year. The authorities, responsibilities, and management needs for implementing and funding of projects and programs within the Work Plan are guided by, and in some cases are defined by, various regulatory requirements (e.g., biological opinions, incidental take permits, and water rights decisions) that cover the operations of the State Water Project and Central Valley Project.
The annual Work Plan includes monitoring, research and synthesis focused on the Bay-Delta aquatic ecosystem that meets the IEP mission and vision and fulfills one or more of the IEP's goal's and objectives as outlined in the Science Strategy. There are six broad categories included in the Work Plan:
- Baseline Status and Trends
- Synthesis, Modeling and Reviews
- Directed Studies
- Program Management
- Project Work Teams, Technical Teams, and Workshop
- Solicited Research
Integration of Strategic Planning in Work Plan Development
The Annual Work Plan, Science Strategy, and Strategic Plan are three organizing documents developed using the Guiding Principles that set the course for the annual, 5-year and 5+year organization planning for the IEP (Figure 1).