News Worth Noting: New Report Predicts Climate Change Will Significantly Impact California’s Central Valley, CDFW completes emergency restoration project to protect giant garter snakes in Sacramento County, Sea Otter Numbers Holding Steady, Corps reviews final Isabella Lake Dam model

DOINew Report Predicts Climate Change Will Significantly Impact California’s Central Valley:  A new report released today by the Department of the Interior’s Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor finds that projected changes in temperature and precipitation, combined with a growing population, will have significant impacts on water supplies, water quality, fish and wildlife habitats, ecosystems, hydropower, recreation and flood control, in California’s Central Valley this century.   “These projections by Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation show the importance of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to address challenges like those California’s Central Valley will face to provide a sustainable water supply for its citizens and economy,” Connor stated. “As President Obama will emphasize once again at the UN Summit this week, climate change is not a problem we can leave to future generations to solve. The challenges to our water supplies illustrated in this study provide graphic examples of how acting now is an economic imperative as well as an environmental necessity.” ... ”  Read more from the Department of the Interior here: New Report Predicts Climate Change Will Significantly Impact California’s Central Valley

dfw logoCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife completes emergency restoration project to protect giant garter snakes in Sacramento County:  “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has completed an emergency restoration project at the Cosumnes River Preserve to help save a state and federal threatened species, the giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas).  Snake Marsh at the Cosumnes River Preserve is home to a genetically unique population of giant garter snakes. With two consecutive years of drought, there was a significant chance of the marsh ponds drying up, potentially causing severe impacts to the snakes. … ”  Read more from CDFW here: CDFW Completes Emergency Restoration Project to Save Giant Garter Snakes in Sacramento County


FWS Pac SWSlowly Swimming Towards Recovery, California’s Sea Otter Numbers Holding Steady:  “When sea otters want to rest, they wrap a piece of kelp around their body to hold themselves steady among the rolling waves. Likewise, California’s sea otter numbers are holding steady against the many forces pushing against their population recovery, according to the latest field survey led by federal, state, aquarium, and university scientists.  Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) work alongside conservation partners to conserve and protect the southern sea otter — Enhydra lutris nereis — a federally listed Threatened species found in California. Scientists with the Service’s sister agency, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), calculate a population index each year through an annual range-wide field survey to inform and guide conservation and management of the species. … ”  Read more from the US Fish and Wildlife Service here:  Slowly Swimming Towards Recovery, California’s Sea Otter Numbers Holding Steady

Army Corps LogoCorps reviews final Isabella Lake Dam model: Engineers with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and Portland District returned to Utah State University’s Water Research Laboratory in Logan, Utah, Sept. 10, 2014, to review the final hydraulic model design for the Corps’ Isabella Lake Dam Safety Modification Project. Learn how extreme storm water flows and 3-D modeling have all gone into developing the best design to modernize Isabella Lake Dam. The emergency spillway and labyrinth weir model at Utah State University represent one portion of the larger Isabella Lake Dam project which includes raising the main and auxiliary dams 16 feet to minimize the risk of overtopping, adding a filter and drain on the downstream slope of the main dam to increase stability, improving the stability of the existing spillway and realigning the Borel Canal to go around the auxiliary dam. Construction of Isabella Lake Dam upgrades is scheduled to begin in 2017.”

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