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Managing fisheries during drought conditions: Maximizing the effectiveness of limited water supplies

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Fish and wildlife officials discuss the drought response actions being taken by federal, state, and local agencies to reduce the impacts to fish and wildlife resources As the weather heats up for the summer months and the drought drags on, water supplies are being stretched to their breaking point.  While agricultural and urban users have had to struggle with significant […]

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Managing turbidity for Delta smelt

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Metropolitan’s David Fullerton and Paul Hutton say there’s a relationship between turbidity and Delta smelt, and demonstrate that by cutting back Delta pumping at strategic times, they can avoid take of Delta smelt at the export pumps and gain water in the long-run At the February 24th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal […]

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Fall Midwater Trawl Index finds record low numbers of Delta smelt

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The annual survey conducted each fall since 1967 shows record low number for Delta smelt; longfin smelt is second lowest The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has completed the Fall Midwater Trawl Survey, a survey conducted each fall to determine the abundance of the Delta’s pelagic fishes. Pelagic fishes are those that live in the water column, rather than […]

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2014 Water Year in Review, Part 3: Groundwater, Delta smelt, and Sacramento’s response to the drought

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At the November meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, council members heard from numerous agency and water officials on how the state has responded to the drought conditions. In this final installment, Mary Scruggs from the Department of Water Resources discusses the impact the drought has had on the state’s groundwater resources, Mike Chotkowski with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

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Legal update: Delta smelt and whooping crane cases show ‘increasing pressure mounting against the Endangered Species Act in the courts’

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At the October 30th meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, legal intern Cody Phillips briefed the council members on recent litigation regarding California water and related issues. He began with the recent development between the Friant Water Authority and the State Water Resources Control Board. “Friant filed a petition in Fresno County Superior Court for a writ of mandate contesting […]

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

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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 has further jeopardized the delivery […]

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This just in … NRDC: Court upholds key protections for California Bay-Delta health

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From the Natural Resources Defense Council: The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled to uphold a federal plan of protection for California’s vital Delta ecosystem. The court sided with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Earthjustice, The Bay Institute and the federal government in its determination that protections for the threatened delta smelt – a bellwether species that […]

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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

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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 of rain storms in the […]

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

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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 will provide the Service, and […]

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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 will require the combined efforts […]

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