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Mar 13 2014

San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority, State Water Contractors, and Westlands Water District respond to Delta smelt ruling

From the San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority: The following is a statement by Dan Nelson, Executive Director of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision to overturn 2011 Wanger Ruling: “A split decision issued today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit …

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Feb 27 2014

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scheduled to continue special drought-related sampling for Delta smelt; Program providing water managers with real-time information on smelt movement

From the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the first phase of a special drought-related monitoring program for delta smelt on the San Joaquin River at Jersey Point and is making preparations for new surveys which could begin as early as this week with the predicted arrival …

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Feb 05 2014

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins special drought-related monitoring for Delta smelt

From the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service: As part of the federal response to California’s severe drought, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it has begun, with assistance from the Bureau of Reclamation, focused drought-related surveys for delta smelt this week at Jersey Point on the San Joaquin River. The monitoring program …

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Feb 05 2014

Federal agencies and State of California announce coordinated response to drought


From the Department of Water Resources: “California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin on Wednesday welcomed an “all-in” federal effort to help California cope with extreme drought. “The effects of this widespread drought are clearly beyond the control of local personnel, services, and facilities in nearly every corner of California,” said Director Cowin. “It …

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Apr 16 2013

Consolidated Delta smelt and salmonid cases update: Court grants a one-year extension on biological opinions

The Eastern District Court has granted the request of the water and federal fish agencies to extend the deadline for rewrite of the Delta smelt and salmonid biological opinions by one year in order to implement an adaptive management program.  The extension falls short of the three-year extension that the agencies had been requesting; however, …

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Mar 19 2013

Consolidated Delta smelt and salmonid cases update: Agencies argue their case for an extension of time

Last Friday, the Department of Water Resources and the federal fish agencies filed their brief in Fresno supporting their request for a three-year extension of the remand schedule for the new biological opinions in order to implement a collaborative science and adaptive management program (CSAMP).  The Court had initially denied the request at the end …

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Feb 26 2013

Maven’s Minutes: California Water Policy Seminar Series continues with Peter Moyle: The future of freshwater fishes in California

The UC Davis California Water Policy Seminar Series continued on February 11, 2013, with California fish expert Peter B. Moyle, professor and former Chair of the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as the featured speaker.  Peter Moyle has spent over 40 years studying the ecology and conservation of California’s freshwater and estuarine species, …

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Feb 18 2013

Blog round-up: Delta smelt cutbacks, smaller tunnels, the BDCP, and the water bond, plus jobs!

Off again, on again:  The big news last week was Tuesday’s press conference that had agency officials announcing that restrictions put in place to protect the Delta smelt had caused 700,000 acre-feet to flow out to the ocean instead of down the aqueducts, only to quietly turn the pumps back on later that day.The Delta …

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Feb 13 2013

Take of Delta smelt nears limit, triggering cutbacks in Delta water exports


On February 12, 2013, agency officials held a press conference to announce that mandatory restrictions put in place to protect Delta smelt had reduced water deliveries from the Delta by 700,000 acre-feet since November 1, which they say is enough to supply 1.4 million homes for a year or irrigate more than 200,000 acres of …

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Feb 01 2013

Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council science update: Delta smelt index dropping, Delta Science Plan starts to take shape and more

Bad news regarding the Delta smelt and other species in the Delta, the Delta Science Plan starts to take shape, and the Delta Independent Science Board discusses their review of habitat restoration projects and the review of the BDCP governance and environmental documents in this science coverage from the January 24, 2012 meeting of the …

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Feb 01 2013

Weekend reading: Delta smelt court documents!

I couldn’t let you go home for the weekend without giving you some reading material.  On Wednesday, ACWA’s Water News and the Fresno Bee reported that Judge Wanger’s replacement, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, has initially has declined a request for a three year extension to rewrite the biological opinions for the Delta smelt …

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