News Worth Noting: Drought, not fisheries protections behind low Delta exports; Cloudy water, even if it’s safe, affects rural immigrants’ health; Black Butte Dam, American River trout hatchery, CVP M&I shortage policy

restore the deltaCongressional Reps Get It Wrong: CA Drought Primary Cause Behind Low Delta Exports, Not Delta Fisheries Protections:Restore the Delta (RTD), opponents of Gov. Brown’s rush to build Peripheral Tunnels that would drain the Delta and doom salmon and other Pacific fisheries, along with researchers from California Water Research of Santa Cruz, announced today that federal biologists’ findings demonstrate that Delta smelt and salmon protections had little impact on water pumping operations from the Delta in 2014.  Federal biologists reported to the Delta Stewardship Council at the November 20, 2014 meeting that Delta exports were governed by the biological opinions for Delta smelt and salmon just 36% of the time that they were in effect in the first half of 2014. Through scattered periods from February to May, state and federal water export pumps were restricted in the South Delta for Delta smelt protections a total of 21 days, while salmon biological restrictions totaled 36 days. ... ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here: Congressional Reps Get It Wrong: CA Drought Primary Cause Behind Low Delta Exports, Not Delta Fisheries Protections 

uc davis logoCloudy water, even if it’s safe, affects rural immigrants’ health: “Cloudy tap water may have a greater effect for California’s rural immigrants than merely leaving behind a bad taste, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis.  Researchers looked at the connection between water quality and child obesity in two poor immigrant communities in California’s Central Valley — San Joaquin and Firebaugh. Poor-quality tap water, or even a perception that the water is bad, combined with environmental factors such as lack of access to healthy foods and nutrition education, likely contribute to health disparities in these communities, the study finds. … ”  Read more from UC Davis here:  Cloudy water, even if it’s safe, affects rural immigrants’ health

Army Corps LogoArmy Corps to make flood control release from Black Butte Dam today: With heavy rainfall forecasted for Northern California in the coming days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District will begin making a flood control release from Black Butte Dam near Orland today at approximately 7 a.m.  Black Butte is the only Army Corps reservoir in California currently expected to make a flood control release. Precipitation in the area of the dam is forecasted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to be especially heavy during the storm, with the volume of water in the reservoir expected to more than double today alone. With forecasters tracking another possible storm behind the first, Corps water managers need to ensure there is enough room in the reservoir to safely contain the high expected inflow. … ”  Read more from the Army Corps of Engineers here: Army Corps to make flood control release from Black Butte Dam today

dfw logoAmerican River trout hatchery reopens after summer evacuation:  “The American River Trout Hatchery operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reopened this week after warm water temperatures forced the closure of the facility in early summer.  Colder winter temperatures and recent rain are allowing hatchery staff to begin filling the raceways with cooler river water and start to produce rainbow trout for planting in northern California lakes this summer. ... ”  Read more from the Department of Fish & Wildlife here:  American River trout hatchery reopens after summer evacuation

somach logoCentral Valley Project: Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy Environmental Review Period Open: “On November 19, 2014, the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for its Central Valley Project (CVP) Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy (Draft EIS).  The CVP is a federal water project in the State of California delivering approximately 7 million acre-feet per year for agricultural, municipal, and environmental uses in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys and Bay Area.  Each year, Reclamation determines the amount of water that can be allocated to each water contractor based on water supply availability conditions for that year.  Allocations are expressed as a percentage of the contract total or historical use according to contracts between Reclamation and CVP contractors. … ”  Read more from Somach Simmons & Dunn here:  Central Valley Project: Municipal and Industrial Water Shortage Policy Environmental Review Period Open

 

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