News Worth Noting: Sacramento River to close on April 1st; Final 2015 UWMP guidebook and other documents posted online; Weekly Water and Climate Update

Sacramento River to close on April 1st

From the Department of Fish and Wildlife:

dfw logoA temporary emergency regulation closing all fishing within 5.5 miles of spawning habitat on the Upper Sacramento River begins on April 1, 2016 and will remain in effect through July 31, 2016. Enhanced protective measures are also proposed in the ocean sport and commercial salmon fisheries regulations for the 2016 season.

The temporary emergency regulation closes all fishing on the 5.5 mile stretch of the Sacramento River from the Highway 44 Bridge where it crosses the Sacramento River upstream to Keswick Dam. The area is currently closed to salmon fishing but was open to trout fishing. The temporary closure will protect critical spawning habitat and eliminate any incidental stress or hooking mortality of winter-run Chinook salmon by anglers.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) scientists believe the additional protection provided in the emergency river closure and potential ocean fishing restrictions will help avoid a third year of substantial winter-run Chinook salmon loss.

Historically, winter-run Chinook spawned in the upper reaches of Sacramento River tributaries, including the McCloud, Pit, and Little Sacramento rivers. Shasta and Keswick dams now block access to the historic spawning areas. Winter-run Chinook, however, were able to take advantage of cool summer water releases downstream of Keswick Dam. In the 1940s and 1950s, the population recovered, but beginning in 1970, the population experienced a dramatic decline, to a low of approximately 200 spawners by the early 1990s. The run was classified as endangered under the state Endangered Species Act in 1989, and as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1994.

The Fish and Game Commission adopted CDFW’s proposal for the 2016 temporary closure at its regularly scheduled February meeting.

Final 2015 UWMP guidebook and other documents posted online

NEW_DWR_LOGO_14inchThe final guidebook and its appendices are among the latest items posted on the 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) website. There is also information on the methodologies for calculating baseline and compliance for urban per capita water use, links to standardized forms and tables that urban water suppliers can use for reporting their 2015 UWMP data, and an online tool for population.  The guidebook offers information for both wholesale and retail suppliers.

Click here to visit DWR’s Urban Water Management Planning website.

Weekly Water and Climate Update: Winter storm Selene drops heavy snow from Colorado to New England

From the USDA:

US Snow MapThe Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.

Over 31 inches of snow was reported in some areas of the Colorado Front Range as winter storm Selene laid down a wide swath of snow across the country. The storm has moved into the Great Lakes and New England with snow and ice accumulating across this area.

Click here to read the full report.

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