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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation Announces Selection of Jason Phillips as Deputy Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region announced today [Oct. 30] that Jason Phillips has been selected as the Deputy Regional Director. … When Phillips assumes his new responsibilities in mid-December, he will join the Regional Director’s Office as one of two deputies; Pablo Arroyave has served as the Deputy Regional Director since 2009.
Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Central Valley Project Began 2014 Water Year With 5.1 Million Acre-Feet

From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):

“The Central Valley Project (CVP) began the 2014 water year that started on Oct. 1 with 5.1 million acre-feet of water stored in its major reservoirs, the lowest amount since 2009.

“Surface storage in California has taken a big hit after consecutive dry years. Two years ago there was 9.3 million acre-feet in the CVP’s six big reservoirs — Folsom, Millerton New Melones, Shasta, Trinity and the federal-state San Luis. A year ago there was 6.9 million acre-feet. The 15-year average carry-over for these reservoirs on Oct.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Blasting From Folsom Dam Work Underway

From Capital Public Radio:

“The Army Corps of Engineers is excavating sections of the spillway for the new Folsom Dam.”

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation Increases Flows in the Stanislaus River

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“On Sunday, October 13, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River. These releases will be in the form of two pulses. The first will begin on October 13, and will increase to 900 cubic-feet-per-second on October 14, then drop to 450 cfs on October 17. The second pulse will begin at 1:00 a.m. on October 23, and will ramp up quickly to a peak of about 2,000 cfs by 1:00 p.m.
Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Celebrating 75 Years, a Look at Shasta County in 1938

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“Shasta County was in the midst of the second of its big boom times. In the fall on 1938 thousands of men had poured into the northern end of the Sacramento Valley, setting up lean-tos and shanty towns on the outskirts of Redding, near the Diestelhorst Bridge and further north.

“Just as the hunt for gold brought scores of men north in the hopes of striking it rich, the prospect of finding work on the last of the Great Depression’s major reclamation projects marked the start of another economic boom for the area.”

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Blog: Shutdown Hurts Special-Needs Kids

From the Alex Breitler Environment Blog, The Stockton Record:

“Anyone who thinks there is no real human impact caused by the government shutdown should consider what was supposed to happen from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at New Melones Lake.

“C.A.S.T. for Kids is a fishing event held periodically for children with a wide range of special needs. “Catch a Special Thrill,” the acronym means.

“The U.S.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Whiskeytown Dam Anniversary: How a Small Dam Brought In a Huge Cash Flow and a President to North State

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“On Sept. 28, 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered his last public speech.

“Standing on top of Whiskeytown Dam, he dedicated the massive dirt construction in front of a crowd of 10,000 people.

“On Saturday, 50 years later, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area paid tribute to Kennedy in honor of his historic visit to the North State. The park’s impact continues to make ripples.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Editorial: Zombie Invasion of Shasta Dam is Offbeat, Welcome

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“As part of a feature-film shoot that’s been taking place in the Redding area in recent weeks, the federal managers of the [Shasta] dam agreed to open various sections familiar to anyone who’s taken the public tour. …
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee in a column by Joe Mathews

Commentary: Honor Whiskeytown As We Remember JFK

From The Sacramento Bee in a column by Joe Mathews:

“At dawn this Saturday, people from Redding and nearby places will gather at Whiskeytown Lake and stand where the president of the United States stood 50 years ago.
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Commentary: Celebrate Kennedy’s Visit to Whiskeytown With Events on Saturday

From the Redding Record Searchlight, in a commentary by Jim Milestone, superintendent of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area:

“The National Park Service at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Shasta Historical Society, Friends of Whiskeytown and the Shasta Union High School District will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s visit to Whiskeytown Dam with two events on Saturday.

“The first event is a Sunrise Celebration beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Whiskeytown Dam. … The second event is at the David Marr Theater in Redding and will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aquafornia news KRCR TV News

‘Human 75′ Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Construction on Shasta Dam

From KRCR TV News:

“Dozens of people wore bright yellow t-shirts Friday to make history on top of the Shasta Dam.  The community is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Shasta Dam construction project.
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Commentary: The Evolving Value of Shasta Dam

From the Redding Record Searchlight, in a commentary by David Guy, president of the Northern California Water Association (NCWA):

“The anniversary this week commemorating the 1938 groundbreaking provides a moment to reflect on Shasta Dam, the role that surface storage serves today in California, and how these facilities have shaped the landscape in Northern California….

“Like most great public works projects, the management of Lake Shasta will continue to evolve for the next 75 years to reflect new and changing values in our society.”

Aquafornia news Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog in a post by NCWA President David Guy

Blog: The Evolving Value of Shasta Dam

From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog in a post by NCWA President David Guy:

“In the summer of 1938, during the height of the Great Depression, ground was broken for the largest public works project in Northern California. The people in Northern California this past week honored the important role that Shasta Dam and the resulting Shasta Lake play in the community and the larger Sacramento Valley.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Feds to Upgrade Fish Protections at Delta Water Pumps

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $4.3 million contract to install new fish protection devices at its water diversion pumps in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Learn mor about Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fish and wildlife on Aquapedia

Aquafornia news U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: A [Shasta] Dam Good Celebration

From the U.S.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Bureau of Reclamation to Hold Redding Hearing on Raising Shasta Dam

From the Redding Record Searchlight:

“North State residents will have another chance this week to comment on the proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam.

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is holding a formal public hearing Tuesday to let people comment on the draft environmental impact report for the proposal.

Louis Moore, a spokesman for the bureau, said the meeting is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Aquafornia news KMTG Natural Resources Blog

Blog: Update on Challenge to Reclamation’s Supplemental Storage Releases from CVP’s Lewiston Dam

From the KMTG Natural Resources Blog:

“Following a two day hearing, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on August 22, 2013, lifted a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting excess releases of stored water into the Trinity River from the Central Valley Project’s Trinity River Division.

“The TRO had been in place since August 12.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

San Juan Water District Adopts Voluntary Restrictions

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Customers of San Juan Water District in are being asked to reduce their water use 5 to 10 percent due to concerns that Folsom Lake may not be able to serve normal demand. … The district serves Granite Bay and portions of Roseville, Folsom and Orangevale.”

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Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation Public Workshop August 27

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation in partnership with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.
Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Luis Reservoir 17% Full, Causing Silicon Valley Water Problems

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“There’s no question the history around San Luis Reservoir is colorful. But these days, the star attraction isn’t much to look at.

“This vast inland sea along Highway 152 between Gilroy and Los Banos — the largest off-stream reservoir in the world — sits just 17 percent full.”

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