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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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This just in … Reclamation Releases Additional Water to Address Fish Health in Lower Klamath River

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From the Bureau of Reclamation: In response to the discovery of a parasite infection in Chinook salmon in the lower Klamath River, the Bureau of Reclamation began today to release additional water from Trinity Reservoir. On Monday, Sept. 15, scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Fish Health Center captured and examined 20 fish from the lower Klamath River […]

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NOAA and CDFW release federal recovery plan for salmon and steelhead

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From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and NOAA: NOAA Fisheries and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today jointly released two plans to restore populations of salmon and steelhead in California’s Central Valley: NOAA Fisheries’ Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Plan and CDFW’s Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) Conservation Strategy. The two plans are complementary in that […]

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CDFW and NOAA Fisheries introduce voluntary drought initiative to protect salmon and steelhead

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From the California Department of Fish and Game: “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative today designed to protect populations of salmon and steelhead from the effects of the current unprecedented drought. “This is one of many measures we’re attempting to get us through this extreme […]

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Letter: Advisory Committee recommends Bonham deny the incidental take permit for the BDCP

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An advisory committee has recommended that Director of Fish & Wildlife Chuck Bonham deny the incidental take permit for the BDCP’s Alternative 4, saying that the plan does not meet the requirements of a Natural Communities Conservation Plan and therefore cannot be approved because it will contribute to the further decline of salmon. The California Advisory Committee on Salmon and […]

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News worth noting: Good levee news, bad salmon news, and San Diego gets a court date

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How about some good levee news for a change? Department of Water Resources approves funding to strengthen Delta levees:  Fourteen reclamation district projects will receive $30 million in funding for Delta levee improvements under the Delta Special Flood Control Projects’ Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Levee Repair and Improvement Project Solicitation Package (PSP).  The projects include landslide levee repair, all-weather road […]

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Department of Fish and Wildlife releases “Status of the Fisheries” report

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The Department of Fish and Wildlife has released an update to the Status of the Fisheries report summarizing  the status of 18 of California’s marine species through 2011.  The report,a requirement of the Marine Life Management Act, is used to examine the effectiveness of DFW’s management programs and helps to determine if changes in regulations are warranted. The report contains […]

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Maven’s Minutes: Delta Stewardship Council hears about dry conditions and Shasta’s cold water pool, plus the Delta Watermaster’s latest report

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The operators of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project have concerns that the releases of water now from Shasta Dam to maintain water quality standards in the Delta are jeopardizing the cold water pool needed to support salmon spawning in the fall, leading the State Water Board to agree to allow the projects to operate under the […]

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Raising Shasta Dam: Reclamation releases the Draft Environmental Impact Statement; public review period begins

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The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for raising Shasta Dam, opening up a 90-day public comment and review period.  The draft EIR evaluates five different alternatives that would raise the dam from 6.5 feet to 18.5 feet, enlarging the reservoir by 256,000 to 634,000 acre-feet.  A  no-action alternative is analyzed as well. Reclamation says the project, formally called the Shasta Lake […]

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

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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, future extensions will be considered […]

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