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Delta Issues

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brown Emerges From Bill Signings With a Strong Political Hand

From the Los Angeles Times:

“In a recent interview, [Gov. Jerry] Brown said he plans to stay his course. …

“He will also devote time, and political clout, to unclogging California water policy. The governor wants lawmakers to finish renegotiating a water bond measure, currently scheduled for the November 2014 ballot, to boost the reliability and safety of the state’s water supply.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Delta Diversion Gate to Be Closed

From The Sacramento Bee:

“Water diversion gates near Walnut Grove in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will close Monday morning, sealing off a shortcut important to boaters. … The closure is required to meet water quality standards in the Sacramento River.”

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Aquafornia news Bay Nature Institute

On the Hunt—Searching For Rare Plants in the Delta

From the Bay Nature Institute:

“[Danny] Slakey is a botanist at the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and is leading a group of volunteers on a rare plant survey of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, focusing on Sycamore Slough.

“Since 2010 the CNPS has been conducting rare plant treasure hunts throughout the state, engaging plant enthusiasts through citizen science and focusing on areas where proposed projects could significantly alter existing rare plant habitat.”

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Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

Essay: Helping Fish With BDCP, Collaborative Science

From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):

“The latest issue of San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science features an essay by Department of Water Resources Director Mark W. Cowin and Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Charlton H. Bonham on collaborative science in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

Read more from DWR’s Spotlight


Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program

Latest Issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science Released

From the Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program:

“The latest issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science is now available online. This special issue features nine essays by leading scientists based on the joint statement last year of Governor Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that ‘Science will guide how to best restore the ecosystem and how much water can be exported’ (Natural Resources Agency 2012).
Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation to Close the Delta Cross Channel Gates

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

“The Bureau of Reclamation will close the Delta Cross Channel Gates on Thursday October 17, at approximately 9:00 a.m., in order to meet Bay-Delta flow standards at Rio Vista, Calif., according to State Water Resources Control Board Decision D-1641. The gates will reopen on Friday October 18 at 3:00 p.m. and may close again on Monday October 21 at 9:00 a.m. until further notice.”

Read more from the Bureau of Reclamation’s news release


Aquafornia news Delta Stewardship Council

News Release: Proposed Final Draft of Delta Science Plan Released

From the Delta Stewardship Council:

“The proposed final draft of the Delta Science Plan has been released. This is a re-posting of the version that was posted October 15, with minor edits. The Delta Science Plan, called for in the Council’s Delta Plan, is a framework for conducting science that organizes and integrates Delta science activities and builds an open collaborative science community (One Delta, One Science).”

Read more from the Delta Stewardship Council news release


Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Southern California Water Agencies Push Delta Tunnels

From The Desert Sun:

“Southern California water agencies are joining the state government in promoting a plan to build massive tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to carry water southward to farms and cities.

“The Coachella Valley’s largest water agencies hosted a workshop on Monday to tout the plan, with speakers who included Jerry Meral, deputy secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency.”

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Commentary: Piepho Finds Little to Recommend in Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From the Contra Costa Times, in a commentary by Tom Barnidge:

“Today’s special is two topics for the price of one:

“Too bad more people didn’t attend Saturday’s “People’s Equity Summit” at Holy Rosary Church in Antioch — most of the 400 chairs sat empty — if for no other reason than to hear Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho share her concerns over the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.”

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Friday’s Top of the Scroll: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan — A Solution For The Delta’s Future?

From Capital Public Radio, the fifth in its five-part series titled “California’s Delta: Inside and Out”:

“Supporters say the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is one of the most ambitious habitat restoration programs ever.
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Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta Series — A Place Called Home

From Capital Public Radio, the fourth in its five-part series titled “California’s Delta: Inside and Out”:

“The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future. …

“The rivers, waterways, and farms may define the Delta. But so do its people.

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Food, Farms and Water

From Capital Public Radio, the third in its five-part series titled “California’s Delta: Inside and Out”:

“California’s farms and ranches generated nearly $45 billion in revenue last year.
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Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: The Delta’s Fragile Ecology

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From Capital Public Radio, the second in its five-part series titled California’s Delta: Inside and Out:

“The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was once a vast tidal marshland and inland estuary.
Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Bass Impact Report Settles Little In Endangered Salmon Debate

From the Stockton Record:

“Exotic fish such as striped bass undoubtedly eat imperiled baby salmon in the Delta, but a team of experts in a new report says there’s not enough evidence to say whether the predators are harming salmon populations overall.

“The report seemed unlikely Monday to end what has been a fierce debate for several years.”

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Blog: What About Desalination?

From the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) Blog, in a post by Nancy Vogel, California Department of Water Resources:

“Despite high costs and other barriers to adoption, the appeal of desalination never vanishes in California. It sharpens during drought or when debates over the Delta intensify, but so far, it has not proven the silver bullet to end California’s water woes.
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California’s Water Supply, A 700 Mile Journey

From Capital Public Radio, the first in its five-part series California’s Delta: Inside and Out:

“The State Water Project is the nation’s largest state-built water delivery system, consisting of more than 700 miles of canals, reservoirs, pumping stations and power plants. From Oroville, water flows down the Feather River to the Sacramento River and into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

Read more from Capital Public Radio, or listen to the story


Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Are $25 Billion in Water Projects Too Much to Swallow?

From U-T San Diego:

“Water has always been one of California’s most complex, expensive and politically difficult dilemmas.

“The public generally understands the importance of a reliable delivery network in this arid state. But as long as water keeps coming out of the tap, Californians don’t seem to share the same sense of urgency expressed by state leaders who warn the system is on the verge of total collapse.”

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Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

No Not an Option in Dealing with Water and State

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“Just saying no is no longer an option when it comes to working with the state on water issues, the general manager of Glenn Colusa Irrigation District said Wednesday at the meeting of the Butte County Water Commission.

“Thad Bettner was in Oroville to report on a recently completed 5,000-acre-foot water transfer to farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Dan Walters Column: Money Could Spell Doom for Two Big California Projects

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

“Jerry Brown – publicly, at least – rejects any suggestion that he returned to the governorship to establish a more favorable legacy for himself.

“But it’s evident that Brown, now the state’s longest-serving governor, intends for two massive public works projects to become lasting memorials – not unlike the State Water Project that was so closely identified with his father and gubernatorial predecessor, Pat Brown.”


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Commentary: The Economic Case for a Bay Delta Conservation Plan Without the Twin Tunnels

From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Jeffrey Michael, director, Business Forecasting Center, University of the Pacific:

“The $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan is on the brink of failure.