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    Jun 14 2013

    State Water Contractors Files Lawsuit Challenging Delta Plan: Delta Stewardship Council Overreach Threatens State’s Water Supply Reliability

    From the State Water Contractors: “The State Water Contractors (SWC) today filed a lawsuit challenging the Delta Stewardship Council’s (DSC) recently approved Delta Plan and the Program Environmental Impact Report (Program EIR) for the Delta Plan.  Under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of 2009 (Act), the Legislature carefully defined the DSC’s authority to adopt …

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    Jun 14 2013

    Letter: Congressional Democrats demand answers to their questions about the BDCP

    California’s Democratic congressional delegation has sent a letter to Governor Brown with a list of questions that the legislators want answers to when they meet to discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) with administration officials next week. The letter, signed by Congressmembers Geroge Miller, Jerry McNerney, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, John Garamendi, Ami Bera, …

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    Jun 14 2013

    DWR Agricultural Land Stewardship Workgroup looking for feedback on potential strategies to offset impacts to Delta agriculture

    Mitigating for the BDCP’s effects on Delta agriculture is the topic of a new discussion paper currently under development by the DWR Agricultural Land Stewardship Workgroup.  The draft documents are now available online for review and comment from Delta interests and the public. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s planned construction of new infrastructure as well …

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    Jun 13 2013

    Science news and reports: Bass in the Delta, life cycle monitoring, climate change, invasive species, dust, and homicidal fish on Prozac … !

    Bass in the Delta: The Delta has been named one of the top 10 fishing spots for the nonnative black bass, but not everybody is celebrating, says the Fishbio blog:  ” … The Delta garnered the number 9 slot, behind such locations as Clear Lake, California; Lake Eerie; and Lake Okeechobee, Florida. While the term …

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    Jun 11 2013

    Blog round-up: Bloggers on BDCP costs and benefits, Delta dialogues, a revuelta, climate change and the new normal, and more!

    While most reservoirs around the state don’t look too bad, the same can’t be said for San Luis Reservoir, only at 34% of capacity when this picture was taken on Sunday.  However, this week’s blog round-up is filled to capacity.  Here’s what everyone had to say: $55 billion is really what the BDCP will cost, …

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    Jun 09 2013

    Water conditions for June 9, 2013

    “The combined total January through May precipitation is the driest in about 90 years of record,” states DWR’s Executive Update on the state’s hydrologic conditions.  Here’s a look at the reservoirs and the drought monitor: 254 total views, no views today

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    Jun 06 2013

    Science notes and reports: climate change and fish, counting bass, new salmon modeling tools, endangered aquifers, water rates and more!

    New study finds climate change likely to drive many California native fish species to extinction, but alien species are likely to do fairly well: Scientists from UC Davis assessed the vulnerability of native species to climate change, and estimated their likelihood of extinction within the next 100 years, and found that 82% are likely to …

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    Jun 04 2013

    Maven’s Minutes from the press conference: Natural Resources Agency releases remaining draft BDCP documents; includes costs, benefits, and funding information

    Using the Silicon Valley as a backdrop, the Brown Administration held a press conference and media call on May 30th to discuss the release of the final chapters of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which include the highly anticipated information on the costs and the benefits of the Plan, as well as the details …

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    Jun 04 2013

    Maven’s Minutes: Restore the Delta’s panel of experts discusses the costs of the tunnels

    On May 28, the day prior to the release of the remaining chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Restore the Delta held a call-in media event to discuss the upcoming release of documents, which will include financial details. The call-in event was moderated by Steve Hopcraft from Restore the Delta; joining him on the …

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    Jun 04 2013

    Blog round-up: Bloggers on the BDCP, fish screens, climate change and native fishes, restructuring the SWP and more!

    The BDCP faces a geographic fight, says John Wildermuth over at Fox & Hounds, although they say the politics of geography has nothing to do with it:  ” …  Brown’s people say independent studies show the water project will bring the state at least $5 billion in benefits over the 50-year life of the project. …

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    Jun 03 2013

    New page for the BDCP Road Map: Project Costs and Funding

    Chapters 8 and 9 have now been fully sliced and diced and loaded onto a new page for the BDCP Road Map: Project Costs and Funding So where’s the good stuff? The new page was born out of a quest to find the source of the $5 billion figure for benefits, which I found here: …

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    Jun 03 2013

    Reservoir and Water Conditions for June 3, 2013

    Welcome to Monday!  Here’s a look at the latest reservoir and hydrologic conditions: Reminder:  The blog round-up has moved to Tuesdays. 413 total views, no views today

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    May 31 2013

    Delta project price tag rises – with the controversy

    From yours truly at Capitol Weekly: “The price tag is up to nearly $25 billion, but the benefits are up, too, says the Brown administration as the state inches forward to launch an unprecedented project to move more northern California water south through a pair of tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. On Wednesday, …

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    May 30 2013

    Delta Stewardship Council’s statement on the lawsuit against the Delta Plan

    Chris Knopp, Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council, issued this statement : “The lawsuit filed recently by the Westlands Water District and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority is disappointing, but not unexpected. In essence, this suit challenges the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Report under the California Environmental Quality Act, and the Council’s …

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    May 30 2013

    The Bay Delta Conservation Plan Road Map: Don’t get lost – use the map!

    Do you need to read the Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents but don’t know where to start?  Do you want to know more about the tunnels, download a document, or just see what the fuss is all about? Then the BDCP Road Map is for you.  Now fully updated with all the released plan documents …

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