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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: California WaterFix receives authorization for proposed project

Federal agencies responsible for the protection of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) today provided biological opinions on the proposed construction and operation of California WaterFix. These biological opinions allow WaterFix to continue moving toward construction as early as 2018.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal agencies greenlight proposed Delta tunnel project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the construction of new diversion points on the Sacramento River and two massive water tunnels would not jeopardize the existence of endangered species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is the hub of California’s waterworks.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Feds to give update on California’s big water tunnels

The federal regulators evaluating Gov. Jerry Brown’s decades-old ambitions to re-engineer the water supplies from California’s largest river are promising a status update Monday, as Brown’s $16 billion proposal to shunt part of the Sacramento through two mammoth tunnels awaits a crucial yes or no from national agencies.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation to open Delta Cross Channel Gates

The Bureau of Reclamation will open the Delta Cross Channel Gates Friday, June 23, 2017, at approximately 9 a.m. … When the gates are open, fresh water is drawn from the Sacramento River into the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta through Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River. The open gates also allow boat traffic to pass. When closed, the gates prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: To help the Delta, fix the Sierra

California is hell-bent on draining the Sierra by taking water from one region to meet the environmental needs of another. Though essential to the survival of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta, the Sierra Nevada watershed is rarely recognized for its natural resources and significance.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta island pigs seized by Calaveras officials

The saga of the six Delta island pigs continued this week when the pigs were seized again, this time, by Calaveras County officials.

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Join us for a ‘Test-Run’ of a Delta Landscapes Guide; Free July 25 workshop in West Sacramento

Restoration practitioners, Delta landowners, regulators and others are invited to attend a free July 25 workshop to help test-run and develop a user’s guide to Delta restoration based on the Delta Landscapes Project. The Delta Landscapes Project (funded by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife) seeks ways to achieve better restoration results by understanding how the natural systems in the Delta originally functioned during the early 1800s, before the California Gold Rush and subsequent landscape-level changes.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Plucked from island, Delta pigs may be headed for golf course

For years, the inhabitants of “Pig Island” had the run of nearly 15 acres in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. They swam. They snacked on apples and hamburgers from area boaters.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta pigs to be returned to owner

Six pigs seized from a Delta island this week by a New York-based animal welfare group must be returned to their owner, a San Joaquin County sheriff’s sergeant said Thursday.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources

News Release: DWR releases final environmental documents for new Delta research station

A significant milestone has been reached in the effort to build a state of the art scientific field station in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in May finalized the environmental documents for construction of a research hub on the former Rio Vista Army Base. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Man claims ownership of ’stolen’ pigs

A retired general contractor from Arnold stepped forward on Wednesday to say that he is the rightful owner of six pigs seized from a small Delta island by East Coast animal welfare advocates earlier this week.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Delta tunnels are not a climate project

California just experienced a five-year drought and climate scientists predict more weather extremes in the decades to come. But the Delta Tunnels fail to qualify as a project to address climate change because they will not restore the Delta’s ecosystem or improve California’s water supply reliability as mandated under the 2009 Delta Reform Act.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Rescue group swiped his pigs from Delta island, man claims

A man who says he owns the pigs “rescued” from a tiny Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta island Tuesday is demanding them back. … [Susie] Coston [Farm Sanctuary’s national shelter director] said more will be known soon about how drinking brackish Delta water may have affected the pigs’ health.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta pigs ‘rescued’ from island

An animal advocacy group quietly swooped into the Delta on Tuesday and “rescued” a half-dozen pigs that live on a tiny island west of Stockton, angering boaters who for several years have fed the pigs and looked after them.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Why years of waiting may be over on Delta tunnels

Love it or hate it, the Delta tunnels project is reaching a decision point.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Q&A: Persuading Delta Residents that Twin Tunnels Would Be Good

From The Sacramento Bee:

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offered The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board his view of California’s plumbing system last week.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Spending on the Delta a Sticking Point in the Water Bond

From The Sacramento Bee:

If Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers want voters to weigh in this year on a multibillion-dollar water bond – a big if – they will need to compromise on what may seem like an arcane point: Who controls the money earmarked for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta?

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

AquaAlliance Denied Injunction for Water Transfers, Presses On

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

The federal District Court in Fresno denied a legal effort by Chico’s AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance to stop water transfers this year.

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Aquafornia news

San Joaquin County Supervisors Still Against Twin Tunnels

From the Stockton Record:

San Joaquin County supervisors agreed Tuesday to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project – for the second time – and to send nearly 100 pages of highly critical comments to state and federal officials. 

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Water Getting Saltier, Fish Kills Show

From the Stockton Record:

Sardine-like fish that spend most of their lives in the ocean were sucked by the thousands into the south Delta export pumps near Tracy this spring.

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