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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.