News Worth Noting: GGSA calls for emergency actions to save salmon in Upper Sacramento River, CSPA opposes water bond, legal analysis of groundwater legislation, Triennial review of Central Valley basin plans, Delta waterways cleanup, New Salton Sea report

PrintGGSA Calls for Emergency Action to Save Salmon From Drought: Upper Sac River too warm for spawning:  “The Golden Gate Salmon Association and a coalition of salmon stakeholders are calling on state and federal fish agencies to save this year’s fall-run salmon from deadly effects of drought. Joining GGSA in the proposed action are The Nature Conservancy, American Rivers, Northern California Water Association and the Glenn Colusa Irrigation District.   River temperatures in the upper Sacramento River, where historically a third of Central Valley fall run salmon spawned, are too hot and will kill incubating eggs. GGSA is calling for collection and incubation of eggs from adult fish. These could later be injected back into the river gravels in November or December when temperatures are conducive to final incubation and hatching. They could also be raised to fry stage and released into the river.  The injection technique has been successfully used in Alaska, Oregon and elsewhere to seed salmon into watersheds.  Without this extraordinary step, an entire year class of fall-run salmon could be lost…. ”  Read more from the Golden Gate Salmon Association here:  GGSA Calls for Emergency Action to Save Salmon From Drought

CSPACSPA opposes Water Bond: Insidious Threat to Delta and Central Valley Rivers: “On 2 September 2014, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) released a Statement of Opposition to Proposition 1. After carefully reviewing the provisions of the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, CSPA has concluded that Proposition 1 represents a grave and insidious threat to core environmental values and principles buttressing protection for fisheries and the environment.  Among numerous reasons the water bond is bad for California is that Proposition 1 undermines: the public trust doctrine by purchasing water the public already owns, at inflated prices, to  protect the public’s rivers and environment; the principle of beneficiary pays by subsidizing projects that benefit special interests and the core principle that projects should be responsible for mitigating their adverse impacts. Furthermore, Proposition 1: paves the way for a new era of big dam building; is a pork-filled barrel of special interest subsidies, including BDCP; provides little near-term drought relief; eliminates public oversight; crowds out other critically needed investments in roads, school, and public health & safety; is fiscally irresponsible and sabotages efforts to meaningfully address California’s continuing water crisis. ... ”  Read more from the CSPA here:  CSPA PR Bond 3Sep14  The CSPA’s 14 point opposition is here:  CSPA 14-Point Opposition Prop 1

somach logoLegal analysis: Groundwater legislation moves to Governor’s desk: On August 29, 2014, the California Legislature cast the final votes necessary to move three companion groundwater management bills to the Governor’s desk.  Assembly Bill 1739, and Senate Bills 1168 and 1319 impose significant new groundwater management responsibilities upon local agencies, and also provide expansive new authority for the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to exercise jurisdiction over groundwater extractions.  SB 1168 would require all basins designated by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) as either high or medium priority basins, that are subject to critical conditions of overdraft, to be managed under a groundwater sustainability plan or coordinated groundwater sustainability plans by January 31, 2020.  High and medium priority basins that are not subject to critical conditions of overdraft must be managed pursuant to a groundwater sustainability plan by January 31, 2022.  ... ”  Continue reading at Somach, Simmons & Dunn here:  Groundwater legislation move to Governor’s desk

waterboard_logoThe 2014 Joint Triennial Review of the Water Quality Control Plans for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins and the Tulare Lake Basin scheduled for December: “The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Region (Central Valley Water Board) will be holding a public hearing to complete the Triennial Review of the Water Quality Control Plans for the Sacramento River and San Joaquin River Basins and the Tulare Lake Basin (Basin Plans). The Basin Plans cover all the watersheds of the Central Valley from the Oregon state border to the northern tip of Los Angeles County. The Basin Plans identify beneficial uses of surface water and groundwater, establish water quality objectives to protect beneficial uses, and describe an implementation plan to achieve the water quality objectives. The public hearing will be conducted during the December 2014 Central Valley Water Board meeting … Based on comments received in writing and verbally at the workshops, staff has prepared a work plan for each Basin Plan. The work plans summarize the issues identified, prioritizes the issues and presents staff recommendations for addressing each issue. … “ For more information and draft documents for review, click here:  TR2014_NOPH_signature

delta conservancyConservancy and Commission Host Delta Waterway Cleanup Saturday, September 20: “The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy and the Delta Protection Commission, in partnership with the California Coastal Cleanup, are hosting the Delta Waterway Cleanup on Saturday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The cleanups will take place at six sites throughout the five Delta counties and include:  two sites in Freeport, Clarksburg Boat Launch, Sandy Beach Park in Rio Vista, Buckley Cove Park in Stockton, Brannan Island (on Highway 160, 1.5 miles from Highway 12), and a site to be determined Contra Costa County.  Details about the sites are available online at www.deltaconservancy.ca.gov  or www.delta.ca.gov.   New to the cleanup this year is a central “Fun in the Delta” celebration for volunteers following the cleanup.  The event will be at R. Kelley Farms, four miles south of Freeport Bridge, and will feature U-pick foods, farm tours, farmers market, farm-to-fork cooking demonstrations, and bean bag toss game for the families. … ”  Read more from the Delta Conservancy here:   DC-DPC Press Release Delta Waterways Cleanup DC-DPC Press Release Delta Waterways Cleanup

pacific instituteNew Report Warns of Massive Public Health, Property, and Environmental Costs as Salton Sea Declines: new report released today by the Oakland-based Pacific Institute warns the shrinking Salton Sea will impose massive public health and environmental costs on local residents and Californians. The study quantifies, for the first time, the economic costs of the continuing failure to act at the Salton Sea.  “Worsening air quality and the loss of valuable habitat, combined with diminished recreational revenue and property devaluation, could cost Californians as much as $70 billion over the next 30 years,” said Michael J. Cohen, author of Hazard’s Toll: The Costs of Inaction at the Salton Sea.  “Unfortunately, people had assumed that failing to take action at the Salton Sea would not impose any measurable costs. The new report describes how wrong that assumption really is,” Cohen said. … ”  Read more from the Pacific Institute here: New Report Warns of Massive Public Health, Property, and Environmental Costs as Salton Sea Declines

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