Delta Issues


Delta Issues

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Public Invited to Learn About Delta Restoration Project

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to restore 90 acres of tidal marsh in the Delta near Bethel Island, and the public is invited to comment and learn about the project at a meeting Friday in Sacramento.”

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Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council (DSC)

April 2014 Delta Stewardship Council Newsletter

From the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC):

“Stories include the announcement of the new DSC executive officer, a look at the implementation committee’s inaugural meeting, the Suisun Marsh management plan unveiled, and much more.”

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Commentary: Billionaires’ Influence Felt in State’s Water Policy

From the San Francisco Chronicle, in a commentary by Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla:

“The outsize influence of delta water exporters can be seen in the recent ‘drought relief’ action by state and federal regulators, which undid with the stroke of a pen Endangered Species Act protections for fisheries that were the result of a decade-long legal challenge.”

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News Release: Delta Stewardship Council Names Jessica Pearson New Executive Officer

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

“Jessica R. Pearson, former deputy secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency, has been named Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council.
Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Federal Agencies Announce Signing of Record of Decision for Suisun Marsh Habitat Management, Preservation and Restoration Plan

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today [April 24] they have signed a Record of Decision for a comprehensive, 30-year plan to restore and enhance Suisun Marsh, a critical part of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta estuary ecosystem.”

Read more from Reclamation’s news release


Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Feinstein Bill Risks Further Damage to Delta

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s willingness to do Big Ag’s bidding at the expense of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is increasingly alarming. Last week she released a revised drought bill that has environmentalists up and down the state fuming — with good reason.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

News Release: Late Storms Allow 5 Percent Allocation to State Water Project Users

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in the Delta to prevent saltwater intrusion.
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Commentary: Living in the Delta Would Help Solve Two of Brown’s Problems

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Joe Mathews:

“When you’re faced with two different thorny problems, sometimes the best way to make progress is by combining them. I’m talking to you, Jerry Brown.” 

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Latest State Drought Plan Eases Standards for Delta

From the Stockton Record:

“State officials unveiled a longer-term plan to deal with the drought Wednesday, one which relaxes some water-quality standards and endangered species protections in the Delta to allow for more water to be sent south to parched cities and farms.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Feds Seek Comment on Plan to Dam Three Delta Waterways

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on an emergency proposal by California water officials to temporarily dam three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in response to the drought.”

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Aquafornia news Atlantic

American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga

From The Atlantic:

“Hood, California, is a farming town of 200 souls, crammed up against a levee that protects it from the Sacramento River. … I’ve come here because this little patch of land is the key location in Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed $25 billion plan to fix California’s troubled water transport system.”

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Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California Water Managers Ease Delta Pumping Limits

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta Protections for Fish to Be Temporarily Eased

From the Stockton Record:

“State and federal officials said Tuesday they will temporarily relax protections for fish in the Delta in order to export more water to drought-ravaged farms and cities, the latest in a series of similar actions.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record Environment blog by Alex Breitler

Blog: ‘It’s Not Regulation’

From the Stockton Record Environment blog by Alex Breitler:

“You hear a lot these days about environmental regulations curtailing water exports from the Delta.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Panel Finds Problems in State’s Twin Tunnels Plan

From the Stockton Record:

“A critical portion of the governor’s twin tunnels plan is hard to understand, overstates the benefits for fish and fails to make clear that much uncertainty remains over the outcome, an independent panel of experts has concluded.

“The Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the tunnels plan is formally known, has been scrutinized in a number of similar reviews since planning began in 2006.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

State Plans to Maintain Delta Water Quality Detailed

From the Stockton Record:

“Skeptical Delta landowners heard details Thursday night of a state plan to install four rock barriers in the estuary, an effort to block salinity from San Francisco Bay and allow officials to hold back more water in reservoirs this summer.”

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Aquafornia news Daily Democrat

Full Day of Exploring the Delta Offered

From the Daily Democrat:

Yolo Basin Foundation Executive Director Robin Kulakow and board member Marge Kolar will lead a tour titled ‘Exploring the Delta: Water, Farms and History’ on Saturday, April 12, from 8 a.m.
Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

First Load of Sacramento River Salmon Begin Migration – By Truck

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Wildlife officials on Tuesday formally launched a massive trucking operation to move 30 million Sacramento River salmon toward the sea to help the fish avoid harmful river conditions caused by drought.”

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Dan Walters Column: Crafting a 2014 Water Bond Will Be Tough Slog

From The Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Walters:

“There’s already an $11.1 billion water bond scheduled for the November ballot, one originally written in the dead of night five years ago, postponed twice and widely seen as untenable because it contains too many specifically earmarked allocations generally known as ‘pork.’

“This year’s effort is aimed at a smaller replacement free of that epithet and, presumably, able to gain voter approval – spurred on by a severe, prolonged drought.”

Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council

March Delta Stewardship Council Newsletter Online

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

“Stories include improving food supplies for fish, a new approach to Brown Bag seminars, the perils of over-pumping groundwater, previewing the implementation committee, and a valued IEP colleague leaves.”

Read more from the Delta Stewardship Council