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Daily Digest: Drought expands with dry January, nervous growers see no relief, larger salmon releases planned, and more, plus Colorado to California: hands off our water!

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In California water news today, Drought expands in California and Nevada with dry January, Measuring Sierra snowpack is a lot more complex than it looks, Larger salmon releases planned in Sacramento River near Redding, Nervous California growers see no relief from multi-year drought, Trouble on the horizon for California wine industry, Biologists say raising California dam would harm salmon, Colorado […]

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Science news and reports: UC fisheries and ag water research, hyacinth in the Delta, sea level rise in the Bay Area, ancient dune systems, greenhouse gas emissions and more …

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In science news this week, CalTrout showcases partnership with UC Davis in inaugural issue of Currents, UC scientists helping farmers reduce water needs, FishBio takes flight to survey hyacinth in the Delta, California’s drought as measured from the sky, CalWater 2015 update, Nowhere to go but up: Increased Rate of Sea Level Rise Spurs Flood of New Ideas, Learning to […]

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Daily Digest: Fed biologists say they can’t support Shasta Dam raise, Feinstein hosts closed-door talks on drought bill, winter-run Chinook salmon collapses and more …

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In California water news today, Plan to raise Shasta Dam takes a hit after federal biologists say they can’t support it, Feinstein hosts seven California representatives in closed-door water bill talk, Wildlife agencies see collapse of winter-run Chinook salmon, Water managers propose emergency actions after driest January on record, Fight to protect Delta smelt from water pumps wages on, Feds […]

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News Worth Noting: C-WIN & CSPA respond to Shasta Dam report; State Water Contractor’s Delta smelt Doozy, CVP Integrated Resource Plan, climate friendly ag report and more …

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C-WIN and CSPA issue statement on US Fish and Wildlife Service Report Opposing the Enlargement of Shasta Dam:  “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a revised draft report on the proposed enlargement of Shasta Dam, stating that it will harm salmon populations.  The agency concluded that it cannot support any of the proposed action alternatives presented by the […]

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The promise and pitfalls of regional planning for special status species

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Panel discusses the pros and cons of Habitat Conservation Plans and Natural Community Conservation Plans In recent years in an effort to avoid ‘postage stamp’ conservation, many regional planning efforts have been undertaken that allow for development while at the same time, provide for conservation of habitat and species. Known as Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs) under federal endangered species regulations […]

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Daily Digest: State prepares for possible Delta barriers, some wells in Central Valley showing high uranium, record setting rainless January and more …

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In California water news today, State revives plan for Delta barriers to combat seawater intrusion, Private wells in California farm area show high uranium, Record-setting rainless January sparks fears & fire, California poised to see driest January on record, A profusion of drought restrictions with varying results, Federal flood control measures cause California to drain some reservoirs, Environmentalists cry foul […]

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DWR and Reclamation file Temporary Urgency Change Petition requesting modifications to Bay-Delta requirements

The John E. Skinner Delta Fish Protective Facility, located 2 miles upstream of the Banks Pumping Plant, contains behavioral guidance devices, known as louvers, that divert most fish away from the pumps that lift water into the California Aqueduct.  At the Skinner Fish Facility, up to 15 million fish a year are saved from the pumps and returned to the Delta.

Water agencies request modifications to flow requirements, Delta Cross Channel operations and the export rate; outline possible future actions and factors to be considered during the year The Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have jointly filed a Temporary Urgency Change Petition with the State Water Resources Control Board requesting modifications for the next 180 days to […]

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Lessons from Australia’s millennium drought

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An Australian water official discusses the key policy initiatives that Australia enacted to respond to long-term exceptional drought conditions In the late 1990s, Australia began experiencing severe drought conditions that stretched on for well over a decade.  Australia is no stranger to drought, being known as the ‘land of droughts and flooding rains;’ however, the Millennium Drought as it would […]

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Blog round-up: Mist as a water supply source, Alex Breitler ‘fesses up, flood protection shortfall, grand plans, water from the sky and more …

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Demystifying mist as a source of water supply: Jay Lund writes: “In some of the world’s driest places, atmospheric moisture is a major source of water for native ecosystems. Some algae, plants and insects in the Israeli and Namibian deserts get much of their water from fog, dew and humidity. The spines of some cacti species have evolved to collect fog droplets. California’s redwood […]

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News Worth Noting: Agencies taking measures to protect salmon, C-WIN says new rules allow increased kill of Delta smelt, SWAMP Review Report, $150M for flood projects

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Agencies Taking Measures to Protect Winter-run Chinook, Preparing to Release Approximately 600,000 Fish: “An increased number of hatchery-reared juvenile winter-run Chinook salmon produced from adults that were collected as a precautionary measure to offset anticipated in-river drought related mortality will likely be released in early February, state and federal officials said. Additional broodstock was collected last year at the U.S. […]

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