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This just in … Executive Director of the State Water Board approves revised Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan

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Thomas Howard, the Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board, has approved the revised Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan, submitted by the Bureau of Reclamation on June 25, 2015.  A revision of the plan became necessary when a faulty reading from a temperature gauge showed that there would not be enough cold water in Shasta Reservoir to protect […]

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Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay Delta: Delta drought operations, the latest on the BDCP, and Bay Delta Accord restoration projects

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Drought barrier discussed; Recirculated BDCP documents anticipated soon At the June 23rd meeting of the Metropolitan Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, committee members were updated on drought operations in the Delta, and informed that the recirculated BDCP documents were imminent; they also heard an update on Bay-Delta Accord restoration projects. Here’s a rundown of the main parts of the meeting. […]

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Media call: Federal and state officials discuss Sacramento River temperature management operations

Shasta Lake on August 25th, 2014.  This is looking from what could be the lake front water of Shasta Lake Rv Resort and Campground on the Sacramento River Arm of the lake. (August 25th, 2014)

Federal and state officials talk openly about the difficulties and challenges of maintaining cold water through the summer to support fall-run Chinook salmon Yesterday, officials from the Bureau of Reclamation and the state and federal fish agencies held a media call to discuss the situation at Shasta Lake and the suspension of the Sacramento River temperature plan, and how they […]

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This just in … Drought Conditions Force Difficult Management Decisions For Sacramento River Temperatures

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: State and federal officials today announced the outlines of a revised plan for managing water flows in the Sacramento River for cities and farms while keeping enough cold water in Shasta Reservoir to avoid high temperatures in the river that could be catastrophic for endangered winter-run Chinook salmon. The Sacramento River Temperature Management […]

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This just in … Proposed Emergency Regulation in Four Russian River Tributary Watersheds

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From the State Water Resources Control Board: “The State Water Resources Control Board has posted a proposed emergency regulation to provide a minimum amount of water in four Russian River tributaries to protect Central California Coast coho salmon and steelhead. The emergency regulation would enhance water conservation efforts in the affected region to provide the minimum amount of water needed […]

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The Delta Watermaster’s quarterly report: Drought, data, near-term initiatives, and the Delta Plan

Aerial view of hyacinth invasion at various sites in the Delta. Views include various waterways (rivers, sloughs, etc.) from North of Tracy, California to East and North of the Clifton Court Forebay. Shot - February 20, 2015.

  Delta Watermaster Michael George updates the Delta Stewardship Council on the activities of his office and the State Board to address the ongoing drought, as well as prepare for post-drought At the May meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Watermaster Michael George updated council members on the activities of the State Water Board and of his office, including […]

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State Water Resources Control Board to discuss drought activities in the Bay-Delta on Wednesday

Rock removal from a barge in the West False River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Contra Costa county to construct the 750-foot-wide rock barrier to help deter the tidal push of saltwater from San Francisco Bay into the central Delta. Photo taken on May 8, 2015.

The Temporary Urgency Change Petition, the emergency drought barrier, and water right curtailments to be discussed The activities of the State Water Resources Control Board in the Bay-Delta will be the focus of an informational workshop to be held on Wednesday beginning at 9am. The morning session will focus on the Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) filed by the DWR […]

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This just in … Court petition filed to stop construction of drought barrier and require CEQA

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The Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy, & Reliability (CESAR) has filed a writ of mandate to to stop the Department of Water Resources from constructing a rock barrier in the Delta until the agency has complied with the requirements of California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The documents say that the drought barrier will have a significant effect on the environment […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Delta perspectives on drought management

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CCWD’s Leah Orloff and Delta farmer Steve Mello discuss how the drought is affecting operations within the Delta The April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council included an update on the continuing drought and its impacts.  In the last installment of coverage, Leah Orloff with the Contra Costa Water District and Steve Mello, a Delta farmer who wears many hats, […]

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Delta Stewardship Council Drought Update: Water management actions and the status of Delta fisheries

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DWR Drought Manager Jeanine Jones with an update on hydrologic conditions; DWR Lead Scientist Ted Sommer with an update on Delta fish species, and Delta Watermaster Michael George reviews the actions of the State Water Board At the April meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, councilmembers received an update on the continuing extremely dry conditions and how the state is […]

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