News Worth Noting: C-WIN & CSPA respond to Shasta Dam report; State Water Contractor’s Delta smelt Doozy, CVP Integrated Resource Plan, climate friendly ag report and more …

CSPA CWINlogoC-WIN and CSPA issue statement on US Fish and Wildlife Service Report Opposing the Enlargement of Shasta Dam:  “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a revised draft report on the proposed enlargement of Shasta Dam, stating that it will harm salmon populations.  The agency concluded that it cannot support any of the proposed action alternatives presented by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which controls and operates the dam.  The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement on dam enlargement in 2013.   The project must be approved by Congress, and justified by both economic and environmental rationales. Taxpayers would pay for two-thirds of the $1.1 billion project. … ”  Continue reading at C-WIN here: Media Release: US Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Report Opposing the Enlargement of Shasta Dam

swc logoDelta Doozy: Public Water Agencies Didn’t Face Supply Cutbacks Last Year Due to Delta Smelt:This week’s Doozy comes from an opinion editorial, “Save delta salmon: Smelt are red herring in California water wars,” written by John McManus that appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle:  “When you hear about water users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta complaining about delta smelt forcing restrictions on water pumping, take it with a grain of salt…The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on record saying there were no restrictions on delta water pumping in 2014 caused by smelt.” Some Facts for the Record: Salmon fisherman John McManus says to take it with a grain of salt when public water agencies say California’s two largest water projects (that serve much of the Bay Area) faced supply cutbacks last year due to Delta smelt. The problem with Mr. McManus’ assertion is that it is based on a statement made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on December 1 – a statement that is no longer true today. Here is a grain of information about what actually happened. ... ”  Continue reading at the State Water Contractors website here: Delta Doozy: Public Water Agencies Didn’t Face Supply Cutbacks Last Year Due to Delta Smelt

ReclamationReclamation Releases Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan Final Report:The Bureau of Reclamation today released the final report on the Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan. Reclamation investigated climate change impacts on water supplies and demands in the CVP service area and performed an exploratory analysis of potential adaptation strategies to address these impacts.  The CVP IRP provides valuable information for other Reclamation and California State Department of Water Resources studies, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Basin Study, the storage investigations authorized by the CALFED Record of Decision, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the California Water Plan Update.  … ”  Continue reading at the Bureau of Reclamation here:  Reclamation Releases Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan Final Report

Cal CAN logoFarmers and Agriculture Experts Urge Governor Brown to Take Action on Climate-Friendly Farming:A group of farmers and sustainable agriculture groups are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to look to California farms and ranches as he plans for aggressive action on climate change during his fourth term.  “As the Governor said in his inaugural address, agriculture can play an important role in addressing climate change,” said Russ Lester of Dixon Ridge Farms near Winters. “Farmers can grow renewable energy, turn soil into carbon sponges, and protect land from suburban sprawl. … ”  Read more from the California Climate & Agriculture Network here:  Farmers and Agriculture Experts Urge Governor Brown to Take Action on Climate-Friendly Farming

epa-logoEPA Helps Two California Communities Meet Sustainability Goals, Develop Flood Resilience:The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that 22 communities will receive technical assistance for efforts supporting smart growth, sustainability and local economic development. In California, the City of Fresno will receive assistance in the development of a bikeshare system; the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians will receive assistance for flood resiliency planning. EPA selected this year’s recipients from among 121 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. EPA staff and national experts will conduct one- to two-day workshops in the communities that focus on the specific sustainability tool each community requested in its application to EPA. “This EPA program is a critical step in helping both Fresno and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians plan more sustainable futures,” Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Whether it’s building more bike-friendly cities or improving resilience to flooding, these efforts create healthier, more vibrant communities.” … ” Read more from the EPA here: EPA Helps Two California Communities Meet Sustainability Goals, Develop Flood Resilience

Jared_Huffman,_Official_portrait,_113th_CongressCongressman Jared Huffman named Ranking Member of the newly-created House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans:Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today was named Ranking Member of the newly-created House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. The Subcommittee is responsible for matters concerning America’s water resources, federal irrigation projects, generation of electric power from federal water projects and interstate water issues. This is Huffman’s second term in Congress, and his first Subcommittee leadership position.  “I am honored that my colleagues have supported me for this important position, and grateful to Ranking Member Grijalva and outgoing Ranking Member Napolitano for their leadership,” said Huffman. “As Ranking Member of the newly-created Water, Power, and Oceans Subcommittee, I know we’ll have our work cut out for us to restore fisheries, improve West-wide water supply reliability, and protect our coastline. … ”  Continue reading at Congressman Jared Huffman’s website here: Rep. Jared Huffman Announces New Environmental Leadership Role in 114th Congress

usgs logoHistorical Hydraulic Fracturing Trends and Data Unveiled in New USGS Publications: “Two new U.S. Geological Survey publications that highlight historical hydraulic fracturing trends and data from 1947 to 2010 are now available.  Hydraulic fracturing is presently the primary stimulation technique for oil and gas production in unconventional resource reservoirs. Comprehensive, published, and publicly available information regarding the extent, location, and character of hydraulic fracturing in the United States is scarce.  “These national-scale data and analyses will provide a basis for making comparisons of current-day hydraulic fracturing to historical applications,” said USGS scientist and lead author Tanya Gallegos.  “We now have an improved understanding of where the practice is occurring and how hydraulic fracturing characteristics have changed over time.” … ”  Read more from the USGS here:  Historical Hydraulic Fracturing Trends and Data Unveiled in New USGS Publications

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