News Worth Noting: Friant Water Authority’s statement on denial of TRO, last of Chinook salmon to hit the road, Enviro docs on water exchange, first steelhead trout spotted in Malibu Lagoon, and new ‘Bugs to Go’ app

friantFriant Water Authority issues statement on denial of Temporary Restraining Order:  “The Friant Water Authority has issued the following statement in response to today’s decision by U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill to deny a temporary restraining order requested by the FWA and its member districts in connection with actions by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to release water from Friant Dam to supply senior water the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to release water from Friant Dam to supply senior water: “The Friant Water Authority (FWA) is disappointed by the federal court’s denial of FWA’s request for a temporary restraining order. However, this is an interim ruling by the court and not a final decision on the merits, so FWA will still have a chance to prove its case when it gets its day in court. The court considered each of FWA’s three claims. First, while the court acknowledged the considerable economic impacts of the loss of Friant’s water supply, it determined that FWA’s contract-based claims should be addressed by the Federal Court of Claims. Second, the court indicated that it is not convinced that the water supply owed to the senior water rights holders on the San Joaquin River have priority over the refuge water supplies mandated by the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. Finally, the court noted that the Department of Water Resources was an indispensable party to claims related to the Coordinated Operating Agreement, but the state could not be compelled to participate in the federal court proceedings and thus the federal court could not rule on this claim.”  Source: Statement of Friant Water Authority Regarding Denial of Temporary Restraining Order on Water Releases To San Joaquin River

FWS Pac SWLast of the Chinook salmon smolts to be trucked to San Pablo Bay:  “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today it will wrap up its 2 ½-month drought contingency plan with the trucking and release of approximately 900,000 salmon smolts from the Coleman National Fish Hatchery (NFH) to the Rodeo area of San Pablo Bay.  Trucking will begin on Wednesday from Coleman NFH and is scheduled to finish with the release of about 450,000 fish each day on Wednesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 29. The USFWS began on March 24 a temporary contingency plan in conjunction with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the National Marine Fisheries Service that called for the potential trucking of fall Chinook salmon smolts in 2014 due to extreme drought conditions. … ”  Read more here:  USFWS Will Truck and Release Final Chinook Salmon Smolts Into San Pablo Bay Beginning Wednesday

ReclamationReclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Exchange of Water Between Arvin-Edison Water Storage District and San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors:The Bureau of Reclamation today released final environmental documents for the exchange of up to 30,000 acre-feet of Arvin-Edison’s available water supplies in San Luis Reservoir for a larger amount of San Joaquin River water that would have been released for delivery to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors by Reclamation from Millerton Lake.  The exchange will occur between May 2014 and February 28, 2015. The action is in response to drought conditions in the San Joaquin Valley. … ”  Read more here:  Reclamation Releases Final Environmental Documents on Exchange of Water Between Arvin-Edison Water Storage District and San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors

the bay foundationFirst steelhead in decades spotted in Malibu Lagoon:  “A year after the grand reopening of the newly restored Malibu Lagoon, a third endangered species missing for decades was spotted. An adult steelhead trout, approximately 20 inches in length, was discovered on May 15 during post-construction fish monitoring by the Resource Conservation District-Santa Monica Mountains, California State Parks and The Bay Foundation. No steelhead trout have been reported in the Malibu Lagoon for decades, although their presence in the creek upstream is known. “We are thrilled to see an adult steelhead in the newly restored lagoon. Its presence shows that the conditions onsite are now vastly better,” said Suzanne Goode, senior environmental scientist for California State Parks. … ”  Read more from The Bay Foundation here:  First Steelhead Trout in Decades Spotted at Malibu Lagoon

waterboard_logo“Bugs To Go” – a Portable Application for People Curious About Water Critters:  “What do you call the stuff at the bottom of a river or stream?  Most of us call it “mud.” But if you are a biologist, it’s the “benthic community” – and a community it is, teeming with all sorts of creatures, from microscopic bacteria to aquatic worms and the larvae of more familiar bugs such as mayflies and dragonflies living on the stream bottom’s sediment, rocks and submerged logs.  It’s a menagerie that’s important to the larger food chain in the environment, providing food for fish, frogs, birds and even bats, breaking down organic debris and recycling nutrients.  If you are a volunteer water quality monitor, a school biology teacher, an avid fisherman or just naturally curious about the world around you, there’s a new portable tool to learn more about these critters. We like to call it “Bugs To Go.” … ”  Find out more here:  Bugs To Go

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