Topic: Delta Issues

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Delta Issues

The Delta has been embroiled in controversy about how to restore a faltering ecosystem while maintaining its role as the hub of the state’s water supply.

Issues include improving water system management, estuary health, conservation efforts to protect the endangered Delta smelt, levee fragility and the proposed twin tunnels, which will be put on a statewide ballot in the future.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Delta residents vent about governor’s twin tunnels water plan

A throng of people, nearly 200 strong, came to this delta town Thursday, many of them wearing work boots and ball caps, blue jeans and plaid, and all of them hoping to learn something good about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to solve California’s water delivery problems. The folks from the river towns and rural communities along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta didn’t like what they heard about the plan that is being called California WaterFix.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta tunnel foes try new strategy

Opponents of the Delta tunnels proposal, facing a long-shot bid to kill the controversial project on environmental grounds, are now trying to undermine the plan’s financial structure.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin County claims tunnels would ‘devastate’ Delta

A flurry of lawsuits over Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels continued on Monday, with several Delta counties, farm groups and environmentalists joining the fray as expected.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee/Water Deeply

‘These fish are in a bad way.’ How many more will die because of the Delta tunnels?

California’s ambitious plan to tunnel under the West’s largest estuary has always had two primary goals: to restore imperiled native fish and to improve water deliveries to farms and cities. An early analysis by federal wildlife agencies, however, indicates the project might make life worse for fish.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Delta levee and ratepayer protection bills pass first hurdle

Two bills that would protect Delta levees and ratepayers were passed in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Tuesday. Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s two bills — AB 732 and AB 791 — passed through their first hurdle. 

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Winter storms pour pollution into San Francisco Bay, Delta

The heavy storms that washed away California’s drought this season have come with a side effect: large slugs of pollution and sewage washing into San Francisco Bay and the Delta.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Levee breaches being repaired on swollen Mokelumne River near Lodi

A levee break reported Monday afternoon on the north bank of the Mokelumne River levee near Lodi is being filled while crews are sandbagging a second break on the river’s south bank, the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services reports.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Multiple Delta levee breaches reported

After three days of king tides and massive rainfall, levees in the Delta have begun to fail, flooding islands, duck clubs and other land north of Pittsburg, an island owner and emergency official said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta pumping continues amid fish worries

Federal officials on Friday approved short-term pumping limits from the Delta that are higher than a team of experts had recommended days earlier to protect imperiled fish. In theory, the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could lead to the first use of a controversial new law that allows higher levels of pumping under certain circumstances.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

No bounceback for Delta fish

The Delta smelt has survived 2016, but that’s about where the good news ends. Surveys that wrapped up this month revealed no real increase in smelt numbers despite a wetter year with more freshwater flow in the Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Leaders, farmers, residents plea against Delta water plan

San Joaquin County residents and public officials alike voiced opposition this week against a state plan to increase flows from the Stanislaus River as well as increase allowable salt in the southern San Joaquin Delta, stating the proposals could have significant negative impacts on the region’s agricultural viability.

Aquafornia news CALmatters

To save San Francisco Bay and its dying Delta, state aims to re-plumb California

The report’s findings were unequivocal: Given the current pace of water diversions, the San Francisco Bay and the Delta network of rivers and marshes are ecological goners, with many of its native fish species now experiencing a “sixth extinction,” environmental science’s most-dire definition of ecosystem collapse.

Aquafornia news Western Water on Tap

Delta report highlights need to restore legacy processes

Understanding the importance of the Bay-Delta ecosystem and working to restore it means grasping the scope of what it once was. That’s the takeaway message of a report released Nov. 14 by the San Francisco Estuary Institute. The report, “A Delta Renewed,” is the latest in a series sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

The North Delta Habitat Arc: An ecosystem strategy for saving fish

Researchers from the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis propose a “grand strategy” to create interconnected habitat to help native fish and wildlife in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Comstock's magazine

Bridge over troubled waters — Sacramento water agencies work together, adapting to drought and planning for a future of growth

Dr. Jay Lund, director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, is the godfather of research on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. When he says it took John Sutter eight days to wind his way from San Francisco Bay through the Delta to find the narrow Sacramento River in 1839, you can bet that’s the truth. … Now, water agencies have joined together again to launch the River Arc Project. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Then and now: Progress on water weed

After several years of unrelenting hyacinth invasions each fall, it’s as if someone has finally peeled back that green shag carpet and returned Stockton’s rivers to its people. … And there is a general sense that a coordinated effort by state and federal officials — along with a bit of help from Mother Nature — is starting to make a difference.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Six takes on six years of drought

It might have been sprinkling outside the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium on Tuesday, but inside the building some of the state’s brightest water experts were taking stock of California’s enduring drought. As we enter into what could be a sixth year of shortage, here are six lessons gleaned from Tuesday’s forum sponsored by the nonprofit Water Education Foundation:

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Delta tunnel alternative: embracing flooding for water supply

When California officials got serious about building two giant tunnels to divert freshwater out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, it didn’t take critics long to propose alternatives. One of the first was a grassroots scheme that, at first, seemed radical and counterintuitive: Let winter floods retake vast parts of the San Joaquin Valley – the very farmland that needs those Delta water diversions. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California calls for more water for fish in key river hub

California should leave more water in the state’s most vital river delta to save crashing populations of native fish, state regulators said Wednesday in findings that could cut the amounts that cities and farms can take from the Sacramento and San Joaquin waterways.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Bay ecosystem collapsing as rivers diverted, scientists report

Evidence of what scientists are calling the planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction is appearing in San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the largest on the Pacific Coast of North and South America, according to a major new study.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Extensive’ toxic algae bloom found in south Delta

Tests have confirmed the presence of toxic cyanobacteria — also known as “blue-green algae” — in south Delta waterways, state officials said Thursday. The “extensive” bloom is present in Old River and Grantline Canal, along Fabian Tract not far from Tracy and Mountain House, the State Water Resources Control Board announced.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

State official: Growth potential for toxic algae getting worse

Cooler temperatures seem to have finally subdued Stockton’s stinky algae monster for 2016, but an expert warned the Delta Protection Commission this week that, in general, toxic blooms are getting worse.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Study: Delta tunnel plan would require federal funding (with audio)

California Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to carry water across the state is only economically feasible if the federal government pays for nearly a third of it, according to a previously unreleased economic analysis.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

New state water plan may force tighter conservation restrictions

San Francisco faces potentially drastic cutbacks in its water supply, as state regulators proposed leaving more water in three Northern California rivers Thursday to protect wildlife in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta estuary, the linchpin of California’s water supply.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California water tunnels would need US funding, analyst says

Giant tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build to haul water across California are economically feasible only if the federal government bears a third of the nearly $16 billion cost because local water districts may not benefit as expected, according to an analysis that the state commissioned last year but never released.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Fair deal or government giveaway? Farmers’ toxic drainage agreement nears completion

The federal government and farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley may be close to signing off on another controversial deal to clean up toxic runoff which, if left unabated, could threaten the downstream Delta.

Foundation Event

Drought and the Delta
Free Oct. 25 Briefing in Stockton

Five years of drought have severely taxed California’s rivers, reservoirs and groundwater. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – the hub of California’s water supply, an agricultural center and a crucial ecological resource – hasn’t been immune from the impacts of the prolonged drought.

At this free one-day briefing in Stockton on Oct. 25, keynote speaker Jay Lund, Director of the UC Center for Watershed Sciences, and other experts will discuss the drought’s effects on the Delta.

Other confirmed speakers include Delta Watermaster Michael Patrick George, Michelle Banonis, Manager of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Bay-Delta Office, Michael Dettinger, senior scientist and research hydrologist at USGS, and Peter Moyle, one of the foremost experts on California’s freshwater fish.

Eventbrite - Drought and the Delta

Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium
525 N. Center Street
Stockton, CA
Aquafornia news East Bay Times

Delta smelt: California experiment offers hope for fish near extinction

Offering a ray of hope in the struggle to save a tiny fish enmeshed in California’s water disputes, state officials say they have found a way to move around river water to produce more food for hungry or starving Delta smelt.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Backers drop plan to allow Delta anglers to keep more striped bass

The state Fish and Game Commission on Thursday will no longer consider a controversial proposal to allow anglers to catch and keep more nonnative Delta bass.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta fishermen gear up for another fight

The latest controversial proposal to weaken protections for the striped bass, a popular Delta sport fish, is scheduled to be heard on Thursday by the California Fish and Game Commission.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Watermaster: Understanding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta crisis

Michael George has called the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta “highly important, highly complex, highly compromised.” George serves as Delta watermaster, a position created as part of the Delta Reform Act of 2009 to administer water rights in the Delta, where there are some 2,800 separate water diversions.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California unveils environmental blueprint for Delta tunnels

California officials Tuesday released a detailed environmental blueprint for Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta tunnels project, saying the $15.5 billion plan “minimizes potential effects” on endangered fish species whose populations have dwindled following decades of water pumping.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California fishermen win key ruling over Delta water supply

A group of commercial fishermen won a potentially significant court ruling in the seemingly endless battle over California’s water supply and the volumes of water pumped south through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton goes green, but not in a good way

Either there’s been a spill at the local pea soup plant, or Stockton is suffering another nasty algae outbreak at the downtown waterfront. … The algae problem also has come up this week in Sacramento as state water officials begin extensive hearings that may determine the fate of the proposed Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels hearing: Diverse voices in latest fight over Delta ‘fix’

The first day of a months-long hearing that could determine the fate of the controversial twin tunnels provided no answers on Tuesday — nor was it expected to.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal, state leaders pitch for California water tunnels

Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Dissent brews over governor’s $16 billion water project

By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater.

Aquafornia news KQED

About that $17 billion water project: Delta Tunnels 101

This week, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water project is back in the public eye. State officials are launching a marathon series of hearings for the “twin tunnels,” as they’re known, that will ultimately decide the fate of the project.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels: A matter of trust

When testimony begins Tuesday in a months-long hearing that could decide the fate of the $15 billion Delta water tunnels, amid all the acronyms and complexities and water-wonk jargon there will be a simple, consistent theme: Trust. Or lack thereof.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Will the Delta tunnels get built? Plan enters critical make-or-break phase

Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition. Crunch time starts Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California Supreme Court denies push for payment during tunnel tests

California officials don’t have to pay property owners to access their land to conduct preliminary testing before deciding whether to move forward with a $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels to supply drinking water for cities and irrigation for farmers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. … Officials promoting the tunnels will present plans to state water regulators in hearings starting Tuesday. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

State Supreme Court rules in state’s favor on Delta property rights

In a win for the state, the California Supreme Court declared Thursday that the state has the right to go on private property for soil and environmental testing as part of a plan to divert fresh water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on its way to Central and Southern California.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Los Angeles water district buys Delta islands

A Southern California agency that provides drinking water for 19 million people officially became a substantial Delta landowner for the first time Monday after escrow closed on its $175 million purchase of several large islands.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Southern California water district obtains Delta islands

Four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a chunk of a fifth are now officially the property of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, district officials announced Monday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Southern California water agency completes Delta islands purchase

A portion of the Delta is now owned by a powerful water agency from Los Angeles.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: State Supreme Court sides with Southern California in epic water war over Delta islands

The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for Southern California’s powerful Metropolitan Water District to buy five islands at the epicenter of the delta’s water system, officials said Friday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown calls on Bruce Babbitt, as time runs short for water fix

Working from a bland, windowless office on the 13th floor of the Resources Building, one of California’s newest state employees focuses on the one issue from which all else flows, water. Bruce Babbitt has signed on to help Jerry Brown fix what the governor calls the California WaterFix.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Suit challenges Delta pumping restrictions

In a failed effort to protect endangered fish, the federal government decided without proper study to default to restricting the giant pumps at the bottom of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. So argues a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento by a powerful consortium of water agencies.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta plan ruled invalid

A long-sought plan to restore the Delta’s ailing environment and bolster the reliability of its water supplies was declared invalid by a judge Friday, possibly throwing another wrench in the governor’s plan for water tunnels through the region.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Judge calls Delta plan ‘invalid’

A judge clarified late Thursday that a sweeping 21st century plan for the Delta is “invalid,” a decision applauded by Delta advocates who had argued the plan didn’t go far enough to protect the fragile estuary from massive water exports.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Judge invalidates long-fought Delta management plan

In a decision that could delay or complicate Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a Superior Court judge ruled Friday that a comprehensive management plan for the estuary is no longer valid. … State officials say they plan to appeal.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Illegal pumping cases dismissed

State water regulators on Tuesday formally dismissed complaints against two Delta water districts accused of diverting water illegally during the worst of the drought last summer.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Appeals court puts temporary stop to Delta land buy

An appeals court has temporarily blocked a Southern California water district from purchasing more than 20,000 acres of land in the Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Appellate court temporarily blocks Delta island sale

A state appellate court has temporarily blocked the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s $175 million purchase of five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta islands: Court temporarily halts sale to Southern California water district

A state appeals court has temporarily blocked Southern California’s biggest water supplier from buying Delta farm islands that could be used for the governor’s plan for twin water tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Another lawsuit filed to block water district’s Delta islands purchase

Another legal challenge has been filed seeking to block the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s $175 million purchase of five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

High-stakes battle in 3rd Senate District

In California’s 3rd Senate District, two colors stand out: blue and green. Blue for water, green for money. … The Brown administration’s plan to build tunnels in the delta to carry northern water south is the single most controversial issue in the district.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Special mission for weed warriors: Harvesters return early with OK from the feds

Saying they wanted to go beyond what they’ve done in the past, state officials resumed water hyacinth removal efforts at the downtown Stockton waterfront earlier than normal on Wednesday with the blessing of federal biologists.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Water board moves to dismiss record fine against irrigation district

State water regulators are proposing to dismiss a record $1.5-million fine they intended to levy against a Northern California irrigation district accused of ignoring drought-related cuts in water diversions.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Two Delta districts may be off the hook

In a significant reversal on Thursday, state water officials moved to drop their case against two Delta water districts accused of illegally diverting water during the drought last summer.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California to dismiss $1.4 million fine against irrigation district

Water regulators Thursday recommend dismissing a historic $1.4 million fine issued at the height of California’s drought last summer against a group of Central Valley farmers accused of taking river water that didn’t belong to them.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Judge upholds major provisions of complex Delta management plan

A judge has upheld major provisions of a state plan that lays out a long-term strategy for managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, rejecting most complaints included in a cluster of long-standing lawsuits.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Judge finds fault with ‘Delta Plan’

A plan that was supposed to serve as a comprehensive roadmap for the Delta through the year 2100 now must be partially rewritten, after a judge this week ruled on complaints stemming from no fewer than seven lawsuits.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta land deal clears legal hurdle

A San Joaquin County Superior Court judge on Thursday cleared the way for a Southern California water district to complete its purchase of 20,000 acres of land in the Delta, ruling that it was too soon to say how the property would be used.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Judge: California Delta land deal can move forward

Southern California’s largest water supplier can move ahead with plans to buy sprawling farmland that could be used to help build twin tunnels far to the north through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a judge ruled Thursday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Where to put the hyacinth?

When it became clear that an early-season water hyacinth invasion could threaten Saturday’s “Ducky Derby” charity event at the downtown Stockton waterfront, state officials called in the cavalry.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Carly Fiorina doubles down on Delta smelt

Picking up on Sen. Ted Cruz’s criticism of environmental protections for fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Carly Fiorina, Cruz’s newly-announced running mate, moved Saturday to reinforce his presidential campaign’s appeal to conservatives and farm interests in the Central Valley.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Judge refuses to halt Delta land sale to Southern California agency

A judge has refused to block a Southern California water agency’s controversial purchase of five islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta lawyers denied in court

In a setback for Delta advocates, a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge on Friday declined to grant a restraining order that would have temporarily blocked a Southern California water agency from purchasing more than 20,000 acres of land in the heart of the estuary.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta battle over water and fish lands in court

Wild fish, including the endangered Delta smelt and Sacramento winter-run salmon, have been hurt by a series of 20 state water board decisions over three years to relax Delta water flow and quality standards, according to the lawsuit by the National Resources Defense Council, the Bay Institute and Defenders of Wildlife.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water board denies bias claims in Delta tunnels dispute

Two members of the state board that will play a crucial role in the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta rebuffed demands from a south state water agency that they disqualify themselves from upcoming hearings on the issue.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Lawsuit over Delta flows: Feds fail in oversight role, environmentalists say

Environmental groups sued federal regulators on Friday for allowing river flows in the fragile Delta to decline below levels that would normally be required even in the driest of years.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Groups sue to block south state water district’s purchase of Delta islands

Just days after a powerful Southern California water agency announced it was spending $175 million to buy five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a coalition of opponents has sued to demand environmental review of the purchase.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Groups sue California’s largest water wholesaler over land purchase (with audio)

Two counties, two water agencies, and environmental groups in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are suing California’s largest water wholesaler over its efforts to buy five islands in the Delta.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Striking back on Delta land buy — Lawsuit targets Southern California water agency

Declaring that the Delta “will not be the next Owens Valley,” San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties — along with farmers and environmental groups — sued Thursday to block a Southern California water district from buying more than 20,000 acres of farmland in the heart of the estuary.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Restored wetlands in California may be source of greenhouse gases (with audio)

Tens of millions of dollars from California’s greenhouse gas reduction program are being used to restore wetlands. Scientists have long known that wetlands can store, or sequester, carbon dioxide.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Delta residents fear Metropolitan’s island purchase is ‘water grab’ (video)

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is spending $175 million to buy five islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Southern California water agency signs $175 million deal to buy Delta islands

Already viewed with suspicion and hostility in the north state water community, the powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is broadening its reach by purchasing $175 million worth of real estate in the very hub of California’s water delivery network: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Blog: Salmon, not smelt, causing water cutbacks

A major change took place in California water operations this week, but you probably didn’t hear about it. Federal wildlife officials ordered cutbacks in water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect salmon and steelhead.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta fight — State agencies, island owner battle over wetland status

On a tiny spit of land just north of Pittsburg, John Sweeney is fighting government bureaucrats to realize a dream. He says he’s saving wetlands; they say he’s destroying them.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A Delta tunnel project’s lofty ambitions have been scaled back

Only a close look at the Middle River revealed anything amiss in this part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Instead of flowing north toward San Francisco Bay, as nature intended, the Middle was headed south. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Agencies seek two-month delay for Delta tunnels hearing

In response to dozens of pending protests, state and federal officials asked for a two-month delay in hearings that could decide the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to build two massive tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan faces new hurdle — a leading taxpayers organization

In a development that casts significant doubt on whether Silicon Valley’s largest water district will help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan, a majority of Santa Clara Valley Water District board members now say they want to put the issue to a public vote.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Feinstein, GOP press Obama administration on Delta water

As lingering El Niño rains swell the state’s rivers, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein joined California House Republicans on Thursday to demand that President Obama order more water to be pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news KQED News

Feinstein, House Republicans urge Obama to rev up Delta pumps

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants President Obama to order an increase in water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to farms and cities to the south. … A dozen Republican members of California’s House delegation sent a separate letter calling on Obama to act.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Key questions in water rights hearing

On the surface, hearings in Sacramento starting this week will determine whether a Delta water district with century-old water rights pumped illegally for 12 days last summer — and whether the district should be penalized $1.4 million as a result.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Decision time for California governor’s big water project

Promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown, the $15.7 billion project would run giant twin pipes, each four stories high, underground for 35 miles and eventually pull thousands of gallons of water a second from the stretch along the Sacramento River where [Russell] van Loben Sels farms to cities and farms to the south.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta growers’ voluntary water cuts reap savings

In the darkest days of the drought last summer, when farmers up and down the Central Valley feared the state would cut off their water supply, a strange thing happened in the Delta. Hundreds of growers agreed to voluntarily give up a share of their extraordinarily reliable water supply, in exchange for protection from the possibility of deeper, mandatory cuts.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Spraying for water hyacinth in the Delta starts Thursday (with audio)

Spraying for water hyacinth in the Delta will start on Thursday with the use of more more boats, manpower and other resources.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta islands sale moves forward

Southern California’s giant water provider agreed Tuesday to purchase about 20,000 acres of land in the Delta, a move one Stockton-based advocacy group quickly called an “existential threat” to the future of the estuary.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

MWD votes to buy 20,000 acres of island farmland in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The board of Southern California’s water importer voted Tuesday to buy 20,000 acres of farm islands in the heart of the state’s north-south plumbing system.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Hope floats in hyacinth fight

With annual spraying of the invasive Delta weed expected to begin on Thursday, state officials say they’re hoping for a reduced crop this year.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Delta smelt populations plummet 2nd year in a row (with audio)

Populations of the threatened Delta smelt have plummeted to the lowest in history. The three-inch fish is often the focus of California’s water wars.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Big Delta project to turn farmland into public park, refuge for wildlife and fish

As part of the latest push to restore the ailing Delta, a 646-acre wheat and corn farm here is expected one day to metamorphose into a recreational and habitat oasis complete with kayak launches, hiking trails and a home for endangered species.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Flow of frustration — Delta stretched thin as drought lingers and fish die

Only in the wettest times is there enough water from the Delta to satisfy most everyone — farmers, fish, southland cities. In a drought, there is never enough.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Many agree: hyacinth’s a gas

Water hyacinth, the invasive water weed that carpets San Joaquin Delta channels in the warm season, choking out native species, degrading water quality, blocking recreational boaters and interfering with commercial ship traffic, holds promise as a biofuel.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Obama’s budget plan serves California some familiar fare

The $4.1 trillion spending plan offers familiar funding levels for border control, Central Valley levees, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta restoration and military base improvements.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

In Napa Valley, future landscapes are viewed in the past

San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the watershed that feeds them make up one of the world’s largest estuary systems, a wildly varied tableau of beaches, river, creeks, grasslands and tidal marshes.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Lawmaker pushes for public vote on any Delta water project

In a largely symbolic show of opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta water project, a Stockton lawmaker said Friday she is introducing legislation to require public approval of such plans.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California temporarily curbing water to spare vanishing fish

Saying current water conditions pose particular peril for the state’s tiny, disappearing Delta smelt, federal officials moved to temporarily reduce water deliveries for farmers and millions of other Californians.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Tunnels fight changes venue

A small state agency will soon begin the daunting process of deciding whether to change the water rights for the state and federal water projects, allowing them to divert some of their water from the Sacramento River and bypass the Delta for the first time.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Controversial sale of Delta islands runs into problems

A controversial plan that would put Southern California’s most powerful water agency in control of a group of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta islands has run into a potentially significant hurdle.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brown considers using his campaign war chest in 2016 initiative battles

Gov. Jerry Brown said he is preparing to wade into next year’s crowded field of ballot battles, which could include proposing a new effort on climate change or fighting off an initiative to restrict infrastructure projects.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown preparing to engage in 2016 ballot measure fight

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he is considering placing a measure on the 2016 ballot, possibly related to climate change, or engaging in an effort to defeat a threat to his Delta water project.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water savings slip, but state still on target

With rivers still flowing low, the freshwater Delta is once more turning salty. Officials are already considering installation of another emergency drought barrier in the Delta in April, to keep that saltwater at bay.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta research center proposed

The Delta is one of the most closely studied river estuaries in the world. But the scientists who are studying it are dispersed across the region, in different offices and in different towns.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Metropolitan Water District will try to buy Delta islands for water storage, habitat purposes

The board of the Southland’s water importer Tuesday voted to pursue the purchase of four farm islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the ecologically troubled center of California’s sprawling water system.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Southern California deal for Delta islands could cost up to $240 million

The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to authorize its general manager to negotiate options on the five islands, owned by a Swiss company called Delta Wetlands Properties.

Aquafornia news Reuters

Southern California water agency moves to buy river Delta islands

Southern California’s biggest drinking water supplier will seek an option to buy 20,000 acres of river delta farm land east of San Francisco, a deal that could benefit a controversial tunnel project to carry Northern California water southward, the agency said on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: The great nutrient pollution challenge

The word nutrients sounds like a good thing—they make our food healthy, for example. But in our rivers, lakes, and bays, nutrients can pose water quality challenges. … In the Delta, nutrient pollution has contributed to the spread of invasive aquatic plants such as water hyacinth and recurrent blooms of the toxic blue-green alga Microcystis.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California considers buying 4 Delta islands to solve some water problems

The Southland’s major water agency is considering buying 20,000 acres of farm islands in the hub of California’s water system, a move that could help stem cuts in deliveries from Northern California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown’s tunnels meet flurry of criticism, but will it matter?

Gov. Jerry Brown’s response to the latest volley of opposition to his plan to divert water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta lacked the cheekiness he exhibited in May, when he playfully told his critics to “shut up.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Brown gets touchy over criticism of water tunnel plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has been getting quite cranky lately when anyone belittles a pet project, especially his proposed water tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Southern California water agencies push forward on Delta land purchase

With the future of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta approaching a critical stage, a group of Southern California water agencies is working to buy four Delta islands, a move that has drawn accusations that the parcels could be used to orchestrate a south-state water grab.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thousands comment on tunnels plan

As water wonks across the state hustled to beat a Friday deadline to file formal comment letters on the proposed twin tunnels, Gov. Jerry Brown offered a brief comment of his own, calling opponents’ arguments “false” and “shameful.”

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water weed strikes again

The Delta’s floating green menace has now forced the city of Stockton to close its largest boat launch, another sign that this year’s water hyacinth invasion is just as nasty — if not more so — than last year’s.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Hyacinth forces holiday boat parade cancellation again

Monday’s announcement was a blow for those hoping that an extra $4 million dedicated to hyacinth control efforts and a more aggressive schedule for applying herbicides would lead to noticeable improvement in 2015.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Study tells the Delta’s little-known story

The [Delta Protection Commission] project included the commissioning of four scholarly essays about the Delta, containing hundreds of pages of details that in some cases are little-known even to those living there.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Scientists question twin tunnels report

An independent team of scientists renewed its criticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan this week, saying that the massive documents justifying the project are “incomplete and opaque.”

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Comments urged on twin tunnels plan

Delta advocates urged the faithful on Monday to write letters to state officials before Oct. 30, when the window of opportunity to formally comment on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels proposal is expected to close.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Stressful times for drought-stricken Delta

The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is one of the West’s most important estuaries, and a critically important water source for millions of Californians. … We interviewed Phil Isenberg, vice chair of the Delta Stewardship Council and a member of PPIC’s board of directors, about the state of the Delta.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Delta river reopens after drought barrier is removed

A Delta river that’s been blocked for the past four months to limit the intrusion of saltwater into one of the state’s major sources of drinking water reopened again Thursday morning.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta islands could be sold

A committee of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is scheduled to meet today in closed session for negotiations with Delta Wetlands Properties, the private company that owns those four islands.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Two major water agencies consider buying Delta islands

Two of California’s largest and most aggressive water agencies have discussed buying four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, prompting accusations by environmentalists and Delta farmers that the land purchases could be used to engineer a south state water grab.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Twin tunnels permit sought

State officials applied this week for the latest in a series of permits they need to build the twin tunnels beneath the Delta, another indication of their intent to move forward with the $15 billion plan.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Delta smelt’s unsung relative seems verging on extinction, too

In the past two years, the lesser-known longfin smelt has slipped down to the single digits in trawl surveys of Delta fish populations. The dramatic downturn is likely a result of the drought, as with the tinier delta smelt.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Another hurdle for twin tunnels

Operators of California’s giant state and federal water projects are formally asking for permission to take at least some of their water before it reaches the Delta, setting up another bureaucratic hurdle that must be cleared if Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels are ever to be built.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California, US seek permits for giant water tunnels project

Federal and California agencies have filed some of the first permit applications for a proposed project involving the construction of twin 30-mile tunnels to help carry water from the northern to southern and central regions of the state, officials said Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Unusual Delta algae bloom worries researchers

In what researchers suspect is another troubling side effect of the state’s epic drought, the Delta is exploding with algae particles that in intensified concentrations could pose a substantial threat to the central hub for California’s vast water delivery network. The algae bloom is not limited to the central Delta.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Records — California plans taking land for huge water tunnels

State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Panel scrutinizes levee plan

A state plan to prioritize levee upgrades in the Delta is drawing criticism from independent scientists.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Twin tunnels protesters decry ‘darkened forces of political control’

In a sterile hotel conference room filled with the conversation of consultants wearing dress shirts and ties, 31-year-old Jon Michelsen abruptly stood on a chair, lifted his guitar and began to sing about the “darkened forces of political control.”

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Salt worries building in Delta waters

Normally, rivers from interior California help push back that saltier water and keep the Delta fresh, which is important for people and fish alike. But this year the rivers are low, which allows the Bay water to move toward the east and invade portions of the tidally influenced estuary.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Cost of Delta tunnels doesn’t add up

After yet another revision, the governor’s plan to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta still makes no economic sense. A closer look at the three types of economic benefits claimed for the project to export water to Central Valley farms and Southern California cities shows why it can’t possibly justify its estimated $15 billion cost.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Environmental groups blast Delta twin-tunnels plan

The activists are challenging revised environmental impact documents released earlier this month as part of a controversial, $15.5 billion plan to build two massive tunnels in the north Delta to ship the water to pumping stations in the south. … Known formally as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration recently renamed the tunnels project the California WaterFix.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

#drylandsCA – Levees and ferries and sloughs and bridges that go up and down

Ever since we crossed the first bridge into California’s delta, I’ve been in a world that ambles and rambles and moves with the river. … There are 1,100 miles of sloughs and tributaries and 55 islands surrounded by the water that California is fighting over.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Congress approves funds to fight water hyacinth in the Delta (with audio)

Congress has approved an amendment to a proposed federal water bill that would add $1 million to the fight against water hyacinth in the Delta.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown’s new tunnels plan ratchets back habitat restoration

The latest version of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels ferrying water across California locks in just 15,600 acres for habitat restoration, one-sixth of that committed under Brown’s original tunnels proposal, state officials confirmed Monday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Ballot measure threatens California water tunnels plan

Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California unveils revised blueprint for Delta tunnels

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration took a significant step toward building a pair of water tunnels through the Delta on Thursday, unveiling the fine print on a redesign that state officials say would reduce impacts on the landscape, improve conditions for endangered fish and enhance water supplies for millions of Southern Californians.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Unbelievable’: Emergency plan could make canal flow backward

Ever since its construction in 1951, the whole point of the Delta-Mendota Canal has been to ship Northern California water to farmers south of the Delta.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Troubled Delta system is California’s water battleground

Fighting over water is a tradition in California, but nowhere are the lines of dispute more sharply drawn than here in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a 720,000-acre network of islands and canals that is the hub of the state’s water system.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: It’s time to protect the Delta

California is at high risk of permanently losing key species and habitats in the West Coast’s largest estuary, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. … Whatever words we choose, the decline of the Bay-Delta is part of the global loss of biological diversity described in Elizabeth Kolbert’s Pulitzer Prize winning book “The Sixth Extinction” – a tragedy that’s happening not just in coral reefs and rainforests but right in our backyard.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Coalition — California farmers illegally taking river water

The State Water Contractors, which has 27 members that include the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, filed a complaint with state officials, accusing some Delta farmers of illegally using water that the public agencies have stored in reservoirs.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Urban water districts accuse Delta farmers of stealing water

The tension between California farm interests and the state’s urban water users ratcheted up Tuesday, as a consortium of mostly urban water districts filed a complaint alleging Delta farmers are stealing water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown says fixing Delta water system important for entire state

Gov. Jerry Brown called on California to support a plan to transform the heart of one of the state’s most important water systems, saying failure to take action on the delta could risk disaster for not only Southern California but the San Francisco Bay Area as well.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Drought barrier wreaking havoc on Delta currents, ferry service

Ever since the state’s salinity barrier stopped water from flowing through a segment of False River on May 29 — a last-ditch drought effort to keep salty bay water from encroaching on the clean Delta drinking water — the currents have shifted dramatically, endangering boaters and threatening nearby levees, island officials and residents say.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Feds, California agencies sued over water management plan (with audio)

A federal lawsuit claims California and federal water managers are harming several fish species in the way water is allocated.

2016 Executive Briefing
Felicia Marcus, John Laird among the speakers

The Water Education Foundation’s flagship event, the 33rd annual Executive Briefing, will be held March 17, 2016 in Sacramento. The theme for this year’s Briefing is “Defining the New Normal.” 

This is the go-to conference for water district managers and board members, state and federal agency officials, city and county government officials, farmers, environmentalists, attorneys, consultants, engineers, business executives and public interest groups.

Confirmed speakers include State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus and California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird. See announcements on the right-hand of this screen for more program information.

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Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary by Rep. John Garamendi: Water solution for California — ‘Little Sip, Big Gulp’

Don’t be fooled. The dreaded twin tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta did not die.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Brown makes case for tunnels project to business, civic leaders

Calling it a “challenge we have to respond to,” Gov. Jerry Brown told hundreds of business owners and others Thursday that the state needs to push forward with his administration’s plans for two water diversion tunnels to protect its economy.

Aquafornia news KCRA-TV Sacramento

Expert accuses state of spinning Delta quake threat (with video)

Just how real is the earthquake threat to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta? … KCRA 3’s investigative unit talked with experts on the issue and found very different viewpoints.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California builds emergency barrier in Delta to protect water supplies (with audio)

In a normal year, fresh water flowing from rivers into the Delta pushes back tidal ocean water. In this fourth year of drought, not enough water is flowing down river.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: A better alternative to Delta tunnels

The way we move water from Northern California to the south is the worst of all worlds. … California needs a better conveyance system – one that is reliable, protects the environment, can be used to supply more water and anticipates climate change.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Blog: As Delta smelt nears extinction, new concerns emerge over dredging

Hated by many, loved by few, the tiny Delta smelt has long been the symbol for California’s water wars and the struggle between the state’s environmentalists and farmers. 

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta receives temporary dam

California water managers, reacting to the state’s increasingly dire four-year-old drought, have taken an uncommon step to ensure the quality of the fresh water flowing through California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a vital estuary that supplies drinking water to southern California communities and irrigation water to Central Valley farmers.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Fast growing water hyacinth chokes Central Valley waterways (with audio)

The Tuolumne River near Empire in Stanislaus County had a swath of hyacinth 300 yards long and 40 yards wide atop the water that cut off any boating.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Time to stop the tunnel vision

That the Delta, where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meet the San Francisco Bay, is only vaguely understood in the state’s main population centers makes it easier to confuse people about the Delta’s value to the whole state and about the greatest threats to its future.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: A million hours and still not shovel-ready

Gov. Jerry Brown says critics of his water tunnel plan who haven’t spent 1 million hours studying it — as his administration has — should just shut up. Well, that bait is too tempting to resist.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Prepare for a deluge as Delta begins boiling over

Join the conversation: Why should the plan to build twin tunnels to transfer water from the Sacramento River to south of the Delta be put to a popular vote? … Wearing a sweater and no tie, the governor was at ease among the 1,000 or so Association of California Water Agencies conventioneers at the Sheraton last week as he gave one of his most direct pitches yet for his Delta plan.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

State begins Delta salinity barrier to protect water supplies in drought

The state has begun building an emergency salinity barrier in the Delta to keep seawater from fouling drinking water supplies for 25 million people.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: If not this California Delta plan, then what?

In years of average rainfall, when pumps at the south end of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta lift water to two parallel aqueducts to begin the journey to Central Valley fields and Southern California households, the suction reverses the flow of the San Joaquin River, one of the state’s two main freshwater arteries.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Gov. Brown’s revised water project heavily criticized (with audio)

Governor Brown sold his plan to build two tunnels in the Delta with the promise that habitat would be restored.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Environmentalists criticize changes to California Delta plan

Environmentalists on Thursday criticized a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to dramatically scale back wildlife habitat restoration involved in a massive tunnel project intended to channel fresh water around California’s delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown’s revised water tunnels plan adds political problems

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Giant tunnels planned for delta ‘must move forward,’ Brown says

As the hub of California’s sprawling water system, the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta has been the focus of the state’s water fights for decades.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: New $17 billion Delta tunnels plan with less environmental restoration unveiled by Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday unveiled a new version of his besieged plan to build massive tunnels under the Delta, this time significantly reducing the project’s environmental restoration work.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown to revise plan for twin water tunnels in Delta

In a bid to reinvigorate his beleaguered, $25 billion twin-tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to release a revised water diversion plan Thursday, likely with reduced habitat restoration.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California cuts habitat fix for Delta project

California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown set to unveil scaled-back Delta conservation plan

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to announce Thursday that the state is substantially trimming the amount of fish and wildlife habitat it plans to restore in connection with a controversial project to replumb the heart of California’s water system.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Controversial study to prioritize funding for Delta levees

Flooding may seem a distant threat at the moment, but that’s the subject of a meeting Monday as a state agency pushes forward with a study of which Delta levees should be first in line for future funding.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Little fish’s disappearance is a big problem

The little delta smelt is nearly extinct. You can almost hear the celebrations in the San Joaquin Valley from here.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Activists decry plan to cut habitat aid from delta tunnel project

Environmental groups Monday blasted a proposal by the state to jettison the habitat restoration portion of the massive delta water tunnel project as an ill-conceived “bait and switch” that will only make California’s water woes worse.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Jerry Brown needs new water strategy — no tunnels

California needs Gov. Jerry Brown’s leadership to deal with the worst drought in state history. The state has to reset its water priorities to match both current and worst-case long-term needs. But Brown can’t make that happen as long as he clings to his $25 billion, twin-tunnel proposal to carry Delta water south.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Drought rescue: State to build rock dam across Delta slough

State water officials have decided to build one rather than three proposed rock dams in the Delta to block seawater from fouling drinking water for 25 million Californians.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Barrier deployed in war on salt

For the first time since the drought of the late 1970s, state officials will fill a Delta channel with rocks to block saltwater from creeping farther inland later this year. The state Department of Water Resources considered building three such emergency barriers last year, but spring rains rendered them unnecessary.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Managing tough trade-offs in the Delta

One key source of conflict over the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta is the competition over who gets to use the water. … New data from the 2014 water year illustrate the tough trade-offs California faces.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Delta smelt survey finds a single fish, heightening debate over water supply

There’s only one place left on Earth where imperiled Delta smelt are thriving, where their water remains cold and clean. In the wild, the fish is on the brink of extinction.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Delta’s water mysteriously missing amid drought

As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Gov. Brown confirms change in water tunnels plan (with video)

Gov. Jerry Brown confirmed Saturday that his administration has changed its permitting approach for his controversial plan to build a pair of massive tunnels to divert water around the Delta to the south.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels — Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan

Gov. Jerry Brown has billed his $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta as a way to not just make it easier to move water from north to south, but also increase the reliability of water supplies and bring back salmon and other endangered species.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

State water officials get permit to build drought barrier in Delta

While the project did not receive the same headlines as Jerry Brown’s mandatory water restriction announcement last week, the governor’s emergency order streamlined permitting and review of the emergency drought salinity barriers. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Emergency changes approved reducing river flows

State water officials have approved the latest plan to bypass Delta water-quality standards and “significantly reduce” river flows. The action will allow them to hold back more water in drought-ravished reservoirs.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Delta decisions must be made in the open

[The Delta Counties] Coalition leaders have met with policymakers, local governments, and water and environmental stakeholders to discuss alternatives to building a taxpayer-funded, multibillion-dollar twin tunnels project that has been negotiated without broad input, violates state and federal environmental law, and won’t deliver a single drop of new water. As a result, we have developed a statewide solution that genuinely meets the criteria of the 2009 law that established co-equal goals of water supply reliability and restoring the Delta ecosystem.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta flows may be diminished again

State and federal water agencies again are seeking permission to bypass water-quality rules in the Delta in order to hold back more water in upstream reservoirs while pumping a limited amount south from the estuary.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: Where our hyacinth headache started

Someone asked me [Alex Breitler] on Twitter what the most viable plan is to attack water hyacinth.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

California urged to resolve Delta, water issues — fast

Pat Mulroy, the former leader of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, delivered a bluntly worded warning to attendees at the California Water Policy Conference in Claremont, saying the linkage between the Delta and much of the West is clear, “yet many here in California still don’t see the connection.”

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Herbicide spraying begins to stop spread of water hyacinth (with audio)

Last year water hyacinth choked Delta marinas and waterways with huge clots of green.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Hyacinth control to resume soon

It’s almost water hyacinth season again, not that last season ever really ended.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

State water chief admits mistakes in management

The head of the watchdog agency overseeing California water said he was “mistaken” last year when he approved emergency actions that harmed threatened fish.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Drought Watch — Water not wasted to the sea

To many, the notion of water to the ocean is akin to water wasted. … But outside of improving habitat for native species, there are multiple indirect benefits derived from water currently running into the Delta. The most conspicuous is improved water quality.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: This just in … State Water Board orders more information from diverters claiming senior Delta water rights

Persons claiming senior water rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed will be required to provide the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) detailed information on the water rights they claim and diversions associated with those rights under a new order issued by the State Water Board.

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