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    Category Archive: Report Summary

    Feb 04 2014

    ESA working group releases final report & recommendations

    From the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group, led by Representatives Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large), today released its final Report, Findings and Recommendations. The report is the culmination of the Working Group’s eight-month effort to examine the ESA from a variety of …

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    Dec 20 2012

    Report Summary: Term 91 and Delta flow requirements

    Delta by DWR

    The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is required by law to establish flow and water quality objectives that ensure the reasonable protection of beneficial uses.  With the revision of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan underway, and even the State Water Board itself admitting in a 2010 report, “The best available science suggests …

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    Oct 23 2012

    The PPIC Plan: Making the Delta a place where the wild things want to be

    Note: The following is a summary of the PPIC report, “Where the Wild Things Aren’t: Making the Delta a Better Place for Native Species,” and is not intended to be considered an endorsement of the report or its contents. In June of 2012, the team of researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California released …

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    Oct 08 2012

    Ecosystem stressors in the Delta: More than just flow

    For more than two decades, native fishes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have been declining at a rapid rate with no single identifiable cause. “Stressors” are broadly defined as those factors that can harm native species, and the Delta has a long list of them that includes agricultural and urban discharges, invasive species, altered flows, …

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    Sep 24 2012

    White paper details the substantial role California's water sector can play in achieving the state's ambitious energy goals

    By shifting its timing and use of electricity, California’s water sector can help avoid the need to build new power plants, a new white paper, California’s Water-Energy Nexus: Pathways to Implementation, has determined.  Written by GEI Consultants on behalf of the Water-Energy Team of the Governor’s Climate Action Team (WET-CAT), the paper hopes to stimulate …

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    Sep 19 2012

    EPA releases Action Plan for the Delta: Reducing pollution and restoring freshwater flows are key to improving water quality

    Following an analysis that determined that existing state and federal water quality standards were not adequately protecting the Delta’s ecosystem, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an Action Plan in August of 2012 to address water quality challenges in the Bay Delta Estuary. The report identifies seven measures for improving water quality, restoring habitat, and …

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    Sep 17 2012

    State Water Board needs broader authority for water rights enforcement, says the Delta Watermaster

    Broader authority for the State Water Board to enforce water rights violations and prevent illegal diversions are among the key recommendations of an informational report to be presented at Wednesday’s Board meeting by Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson. In his report, Improving Water Rights Enforcement Authority, Mr. Wilson compared the State Water Board’s existing authority for …

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    Aug 11 2012

    The Delta Conservancy approves a Strategic Plan, attempting to set a path forward in an uncertain future

    The Delta Conservancy, a State-designated agency for implementing ecosystem restoration in the Delta, has approved a Strategic Plan outlining the priorities, goals and objectives of the agency.   However, without a stable funding source, the future role of the Conservancy remains uncertain and will likely be shaped by the completion – or not – of the …

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