Blog Round Up: New population of Delta smelt found south of Delta, plus bloggers on reducing reliance, getting things done in the Delta, and more

Moyle with new smeltNew population of Delta smelt found south of the Delta:  Delta smelt … apparently not just for the Delta anymore!  The California Water Blog reports on the new find:  “UC Davis scientists have found large populations of the federally protected delta smelt growing extraordinarily large in three Southern California reservoirs, hundreds of miles from its native waters. The smelt presumably colonized the lakes after being pumped from the Delta though the California Aqueduct.  … ”  Read more here:  Large delta smelt population found south of Delta

Blackwater to enforce California’s Marine Protected Areas:  Dan Bacher fills us in on the latest: “California Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham on April 1, 2013 announced the beginning of a historic partnership between Blackwater (now Academi Corporation) and the CDFW to enforce the statewide network of marine protected areas created under the landmark Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative. The Western States Petroleum Association, Walmart, Safeway Corporation and the Resources Legacy Foundation, all avid backers of the MLPA Initiative, have generously offered to pay for the costs of enforcement.   … ”  Read more here:  Blackwater to enforce California’s marine protected areas

Okay, enough April Fool’s fun! On to the serious stuff …

It’s not only about reliability, but it’s about reduced reliance, too:  Kate Poole writes :”One of these benchmarks was imposed by the State Legislature in the Delta Reform Act of 2009, which states that: “The policy of the State of California is to reduce reliance on the Delta in meeting California’s future water supply needs through a statewide strategy of investing in improved regional supplies, conservation, and water use efficiency.”   …  The Legislature recognized that the State can manage reduced reliance by investing in sustainable regional water supply options like expanded water recycling and conservation.  The portfolio alternative being advanced by NRDC and others is designed to implement this approach in the BDCP process.  … ”  Read more here:  Reduced Reliance on the San Francisco Bay-Delta Means Taking Less Water Than Today

There’s plenty being done in the Delta, even if it doesn’t help with restoration, says the Delta National Park blog:  ” … “Doing nothing” is not what happens in the Delta. Ask San Joaquin Valley farmers if “nothing” is being done to address conservation. Ask environmental groups who support the Endangered Species Act and CEQA. What any of those groups want is less of the doing nothing that restricts their access to water. … ”  Read more from the Delta National Park blog here:  Not doing nothing

The Effects Analysis is nothing but justification for the tunnels, says Restore the Delta:  ” … The Brown Administration is trying to save the fish by removing them from the water. The proposed Peripheral Tunnels would have disastrous effects on the fish populations of the Delta, yet the Brown Administration dubs the tunnels a ‘conservation measure.’ That is ludicrous and shows the entire BDCP is set up to approve draining the Delta,” said Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta.  … ”  Read more here:  Latest BDCP Effects Analysis Nothing
More than a Rationale for a Conveyance

Trimming the storage fat from the water bond:  The Fox & Hounds blog responds to Senator Steinberg’s desire to ‘de-emphasize’ water storage in the proposed water bond: ” … Steinberg said last week that he wants a smaller bond and he wants to de-emphasize water surface storage, meaning he wants fewer dams. That issue opens the old debate spurred by environmentalists desire for below surface water storage and the use of dams to provide adequate water needs for agriculture and industry. … ”  Read more here:  Water Bond Politics: “Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Give a Dam!”

CalWatchdog rises to McClintock’s defense after the Aguanomics takes on the Congressman point by point: Last week’s blog round-up included a post by David Zetland of the Aguanomics blog responding to McClintock’s recent speech:  The two have quite opposite ideologies, says CalWatchdog: “What really separates McClintock’s and Zetland’s views of the perpetual California water crisis are two powerful sociological and cultural worldviews. McClintock’s modernization ideology reflects the ideas of growth, urban and agricultural development and change through technological advancements. This follows the last 100 years of the expansion of the regional water storage and conveyance system that has brought urban civilization and corporate farming to the Southwestern United States.”  And for Zetland:  “Zetland’s views reflect de-modernization, which means to reverse, remove and de-legitimate modernization.  This occupational ideology is sociologically located in the youth counter culture, academia, media and California’s liberal political culture.  De-modernization ideology is reflected by anti-industrialization, anti-capitalism and an anti-bureaucratic ideology.”  Hmmmm…  you can be the judge.  More here:  McClintock, Zetland wage CA water war

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2 comments

  • Leo Winternitz

    My very serious concern is that these Delta smelt will predate on the spring and winter run salmon that will also be found in these south of Delta reservoirs. My God — I hope they do not become the Swimming Dead!

  • L. Hoag

    This Delta smelt discovery should be followed by a new $1,000,000 study of sothward smelt migration.
    Or do I sense the hand of Merry Prankster Jay Lund here?

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