News Worth Noting: DFW proposes closing parts of Sac river to fishing, State Water Board warns curtailments coming soon, Leviathan Mine settlement, Extreme weather & climate change online course

dfw logoDepartment of Fish and Wildlife to hold public meeting on proposed emergency fishing closure of part of the Sacramento River:  “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is holding a public meeting to solicit comments on a proposed closure of 5.5 miles of the Sacramento River above the Highway 44 Bridge in Redding to Keswick Dam. CDFW has determined this closure is necessary to protect endangered winter-run chinook salmon. The anticipated dates of closure are April 27-July 31.  “At the department, it pains us to propose this action for the state,” said Stafford Lehr, CDFW Fisheries Branch Chief. “But we are in unchartered territory here, and we believe this is the right thing to do if we want to help winter run and be able to fish for big rainbows in the long-run.” The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Redding Public Library,1100 Parkview Ave. in Redding (96001). … ”  Continue reading from the Department of Fish and Wildlife here:  Department of Fish and Wildlife to hold public meeting on proposed emergency fishing closure of part of the Sacramento River

SWRCB logo water boardsState Water Board Warns That Water Right Curtailments Are Coming Soon: (The official press release for Friday’s lead story) “As California enters a fourth year of drought with a record-low snowpack, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is warning that water right holders, including some senior right holders, are likely to be curtailed soon within key watersheds in the state.  The warning, to holders of more than 36,000 water rights across the state, is designed to give water right holders advance notice to help them make difficult spring planting decisions. The availability of water is a key factor in those planting decisions. The warning is the second one this year; the first was issued in January.  “These are very difficult times, and everyone, urban and rural, will have to make sacrifices as we go through them,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “As we deal with an unprecedented drought, both urban and rural water users should anticipate we will continue to take unprecedented actions.” ... ”  Read more from State Water Resources Control Board here:  State Water Board Warns That Water Right Curtailments Are Coming Soon

SWRCB logo water boardsLahontan Regional Water Board and ARCO Settle Leviathan Mine Superfund Lawsuit:The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and other state agencies have settled a lawsuit with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) over costs and activities associated with cleanup of the Leviathan Mine Superfund Site located in Alpine County.  The settlement identifies what work ARCO and the Lahontan Water Board will conduct at the site going forward, and lays out the cost-sharing formulas for different phases of work that will cleanup and reduce acid drainage. The settlement also secures long-term funding for a cleanup project that could take decades, if not centuries to complete.  With a mining past dating to the 1860s for copper minerals, and sulfur in the 1950s and ’60s, the Leviathan Mine has contributed to the discharge of acid drainage into Leviathan and Aspen creeks that flow through the site. If left untreated, these discharges from the mine can harm fish and other aquatic life. Since California took over the site in 1984, cleanup efforts have significantly reduced the amount of contamination that enters the creeks and ecological systems downstream of the mine, located 24 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe. ... ”  Continue reading from the State Water Resources Control Board here:  Lahontan Regional Water Board and ARCO Settle Leviathan Mine Superfund Lawsuit

logo_NEEFNational Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) announces Extreme Weather & Climate Change Online Course:  “This week, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and national leader in lifelong environmental learning, launched a free online course devoted to helping the American public understand and prepare for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. The online course, Extreme Weather 101, was created by NEEF with a grant from Udemy’s Social Innovation program, which supports nonprofits pursuing positive social change by awarding course creation grants. The course is hosted on the Udemy online learning platform. … ”  Read more from the National Environmental Education Foundation here:  NEEF Announces Extreme Weather & Climate Change Online Course

 

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