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Delta Issues

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commentary: Giant swamp rats could invade Stockton. True.

What the … ? The Department of Fish and Wildlife sent me [Michael Fitzgerald] a letter asking my written permission to hunt for nutria around my Woodland Drive house. Nutria, if you just tuned in, are a voracious South American swamp rat.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: State Water Board plan would help restore the Tuolumne

To improve the quality of our water and the health of our rivers and the San Francisco Bay-Delta, the State Water Resources Control Board is updating the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The board is considering requiring higher in-stream flows between February and June, which are critical months for baby salmon growth and migration.

Aquafornia news Western Water

Latest Western Water explores invasive species monitoring in the Delta, highlights Cosumnes River Preserve

For more than 100 years, invasive species have made the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta their home, disrupting the ecosystem and costing millions of dollars annually in remediation. The latest invader is the nutria, a large rodent native to South America that causes concern because of its propensity to devour every bit of vegetation in sight and destabilize levees by burrowing into them. Wildlife officials are trapping the animal and trying to learn the extent of its infestation.

Aquafornia news Voice of San Diego

Commentary: Officials scrambled to seal twin tunnels deal out of fear Newsom could kill it

Water officials and members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration rushed to seal the deal on a multibillion-dollar plan to build two tunnels to move water south from Northern California partly out of fear that Gavin Newsom could undo the whole plan if he becomes governor, newly released documents show. … The recent jockeying shows how desperate officials are to get something done before Brown leaves office and the project is dead for another generation. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Texts reveal political maneuvering ahead of MWD’s Delta tunnels vote

The days leading up to a key funding vote on the delta tunnels project were marked by intense politicking and head-counting by board members at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Prop. 68 passes to inject $4.1 billion into CA water, land conservation projects

Proposition 68 was approved with 56 percent of the vote to authorize the state to borrow $4.1 billion for investments in outdoor recreation, land conservation and water projects, according to the latest results Wednesday morning.

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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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin County Paints Grim Picture of Twin Tunnels’ Impact

From the Stockton Record:

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin tunnels “will effectively destroy the Delta as it exists today,” and will forever alter San Joaquin County’s economy, county officials warn in a new report.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Diverse Task Force Tackles Delta Weeds

From the Stockton Record:

Agencies from San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties to NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture formed an invasive-weed task force seeking holistic, more comprehensive solutions to free the Delta from its oppressors.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Q&A: 10 Questions with Whitey Rasmussen

From the Stockton Record:

Seventy-plus years later, [Whitey] Rasmussen is still tying his own feathered flies and crafting his own lures, still using them to catch his own trophy fish, and still telling some great stories in a way that only an ex-Navy man can. But Rasmussen is more than a storyteller.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton Can Continue to Pump Water from Delta this Summer

From the Stockton Record:

Stockton can continue to pump water from the Delta this summer, ensuring that its new $220-million drinking-water plant — funded by ratepayers —won’t be standing idle.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: State Supreme Court to Rule in Delta Property-rights Case

From The Sacramento Bee:

The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide an epic battle over whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary testing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to construct two large water-conveyance tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnel Objections Formalized

From the Stockton Record:

The lone state agency to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan warns that the project could force marinas out of business and take a big bite out of Delta agriculture.

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Tunnels, Conservancy in Spotlight as Senate Bond Proposal Falters

From The Sacramento Bee:

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

American River Water Flows Increased to Fight Salinity

From Capital Public Radio:

Water flows into the American River have been increased despite the drought.

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Commission Asks Residents What Delta Should Be Called

From the Stockton Record:

As part of a “branding” effort to increase public awareness about the estuary, the Delta Protection Commission is asking residents to help decide whether the Delta should be referred to as “The California Delta” or “The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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