Dec 21 2014

Daily Digest, weekend edition: A first for Delta pumping: Voluntary cutback to protect fish, BDCP refined to lessen impacts, and state celebrates 100 years of administering water rights system, plus Peter Gleick, Jeff Kightlinger, and more …

In California water news this weekend, A first for Delta pumping: Voluntary cutback to protect fish, Bay Delta Conservation Plan refined to lessen impacts on local landowners, California celebrates 100 years of administering water rights system, December rainfall breaks records, but California needs more, Tahoe celebrates snow but braces for dry times,  Five key facts …

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Dec 19 2014

This just in … Gov. Brown’s Delta Water Plan Refined to Reduce Local Impacts Need for Three Pumping Plants Eliminated; Public Invited to Comment on Changes

From the Department of Water Resources: The administration of Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and its federal partners announced Friday several significant changes to the water conveyance portion of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, including elimination of the need to build three pumping plants along the Sacramento River near Hood. The changes were pursued …

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Dec 19 2014

Daily Digest: Pumps dropped from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Recent rains avert waterfowl die-off, Feds say good chance of wet conditions for next three months, and more …

In California water news today, Pumps dropped from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Recent rains avert NorCal waterfowl die-off, Feds forecast good chance of wet conditions for next three months, drought weakens, forecasters have ‘cautious optimism’ for future, Recent Rains Little Help For Reservoir and Snow Pack, Ranchers’ financial fate is dependent on a government …

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Dec 19 2014

News Worth Noting: UC Davis to help in effort to study effects of climate change on ecosystems; EPA announces 2014 annual environmental enforcement results; Weekly Weather and Climate Update

UC Davis to help in UC effort to study effects of climate change on ecosystems: “Researchers at the University of California, Davis, working with colleagues at the other UC campuses, have developed an ambitious plan to use the UC Natural Reserve System to detect and forecast the ecological impacts of climate change in California.  The …

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Dec 19 2014

Early morning news flash … Pumps dropped from Bay Delta Conservation Plan

This one’s too good to wait for the Daily Digest later this morning …  From the Sacramento Bee: “The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another major design change aimed at appeasing local residents: The three intakes planned on the Sacramento River will no longer require pumps. The project, …

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Dec 19 2014

Matt Nobriga: The utilization of tidal marshes by fishes of the Upper San Francisco Estuary

At the 2014 Bay Delta Science Conference,  Matt Nobriga, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gave this presentation on how fish utilize tidal marshes in the Delta.  He began by noting that the despite a lot of research over the past decades, there is still much uncertainty regarding tidal marsh restoration. …

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Dec 19 2014

Friday Flashback: Groundwater Management Workshop: Sustainable Groundwater Management Panel

From the archives of Maven’s Notebook: Original publish date: April 28, 2014 On March 24, the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the California Environmental Protection Agency held a workshop to gather ideas, proposals and feedback on sustainable groundwater management actions. Groundwater is of critical important to the state, …

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Dec 18 2014

Daily Digest: State Water Board solicits public’s help dealing with shortage, NASA’s snow tracking plane, Bay Area precipitation 736% of normal, and more news …

In California water news today, State Water Board solicits public’s help dealing with shortage, NASA built this snow tracking plane to save California from drought, Drought Continues To Concern Ranchers And Farmers, Storms a Boon for Rain Water Harvesters, Every Californian Needs to Save 290,000 Gallons of Water to End the Drought, Wettest Start To December …

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Dec 18 2014

Science news and reports: Endangered turtles, invasive loaches, water projects review, farm flood flows, visualizing data, water and the Roman Empire and more …

In science news this week, Ecologists save endangered turtles weakened by drought, Invasive loach on the loose in the Central Valley, 2014 Annual Review of Implementation of Long-term Operations Biological Opinions’ Reasonable and Prudent Alternative Actions, Paper: ‘Implications of Using On-Farm Flood Flow Capture To Recharge Groundwater and Mitigate Flood Risks Along the Kings River, …

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Dec 18 2014

Dr. Peter Moyle: Novel Ecosystems of the Suisun Marsh and the Delta – A New Reality

The Delta of our modern times bears little resemblance to its historical self, a mix of native and non-native species existing in an environment that has been long been sculpted to suit society’s purposes.  Dr. Peter Moyle, Associate Director for UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and professor with the Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology …

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Dec 18 2014

The latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science journal now available

The latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science journal is now available.  In this month’s issue: Dispersion Mechanisms of a Tidal River Junction in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, California, authored by: Karla T. Gleichauf, Philip J. Wolfram, Nancy E. Monsen, Oliver B. Fringer, and Stephen G. Monismith Physically Based Modeling of …

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Dec 17 2014

Daily Digest: Eleven trillion gallons of water needed to end drought, but will the rains set back water conservation?, Fire plus drought plus rain add up to mud, New groundwater law provides chances for input from farmers, and more …

In California water news today, 11 trillion gallons of water needed to end drought, but will the rains set back water conservation?, Fire plus drought plus rain add up to mud, New groundwater law provides chances for input from farmers, For our fine feathered friends, the Valley is like heaven, and more … In the …

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Dec 17 2014

News Worth Noting: NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses, California Air Resources Board to Prepare a Mid-Term Scoping Plan Update Incorporating Agriculture and Water, EPA celebrates 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses: “It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) — around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir — to recover from California’s continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data. The finding was part of …

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Dec 17 2014

Environmental Data Summit: Accessing information that informs decision making

Data, believe it or not, are critical in our lives and influence a broad range of decisions from personal through global significance. The management and use of environmental data, to support science and policy, is not a simple once size fits all issue. From a small data set characterizing the type and number of fish …

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Dec 17 2014

Groundwater adjudication hearing, part 3: Panel discussion on options for moving forward

Groundwater adjudications, notoriously expensive and time consuming, emerged as an issue during the development and ultimate passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, and the Brown Administration has made it a priority to consider possible reforms.  To that end, on November 20, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water held an informational …

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