NEWS WORTH NOTING: Independent Review Panel posts report for California Water Fix; Report recommends integrated and community-based approaches to data and modeling; Low salmon projections lead to fisheries restrictions, some closures in 2017; Weekly water and climate update
Independent Review Panel posts report for California Water Fix Aquatic Science Peer Review
An Independent Review Panel was convened by select staff of the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Science Program to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service , and California Department of Fish and Wildlife with the views of experts not involved in the Endangered Species Act consultation and 2081(b) permit on the use of best available scientific information in the California WaterFix Incidental Take Permit application. The panel has posted a report, which presents the findings of the 2016 California WaterFix Aquatic Science Peer Review, Phase 2B.
Report Recommends Integrated and Community-based Approaches to Data and Modeling
From the Delta Stewardship Council:
The Delta Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) received a policy paper on lessons learned for the Delta that grew out of a 2015 workshop on integrated modeling and a subsequent report to the National Science Foundation, which co-funded its development. The workshop was jointly sponsored by the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis and the Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Science Program. The recommendations identify key best practices for integrated ecosystem modeling in the Bay-Delta system.
The policy paper makes the case for moving toward new approaches for using and developing models and data. Specifically, it calls for developing the capacity to build, refine, maintain and upgrade models, compare and contrast different scientific approaches, quantify uncertainty in predictions, synthesize current data, and accelerate the discovery of knowledge to inform policy and management.
Low Salmon Projections Lead to Fisheries Restrictions, Some Closures in 2017
From the Department of Fish and Game:
Historically low numbers of fall-run and winter-run Chinook salmon have prompted the California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) to drastically limit the state’s salmon fishery for the remainder of 2017.
In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California border and Horse Mountain (40° 05’ 00” N. latitude), the entire ocean salmon fishery will be closed, as will the fall-run Chinook fishery on both the Klamath and Trinity rivers.
Returning stock projections for fall-run Chinook in the Klamath River Basin are the lowest on record. By limiting, and in some cases closing, the fisheries for the remainder of 2017, the FGC hopes to maximize fall- and winter-run Chinook survival and reproduction and support efforts to rebuild the fisheries.
“Closing an entire fishing season is not something that I take lightly, but the survival of the fall-run Chinook in the Klamath and Trinity rivers is at stake,” said California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham. “CDFW and other fisheries management partners agree that these restrictions are necessary to help recover this vital species.”
Inland, spring-run Chinook fishing will still be allowed through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River. After these dates, both fisheries will close for the remainder of the calendar year. However, the nearby Smith River will remain open for fall-run Chinook, and there are additional opportunities in southern Oregon rivers. During the salmon season closure, steelhead angling will still be allowed in both the Klamath and Trinity rivers.
Weekly Water and Climate Update: Water year precipitation at or above average for the West
From the USDA:
The 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.
Across the mountains in the western U.S., the Snow Telemetry (SNOTEL) system is reporting most stations at or above average precipitation for the water year that began on October 1, 2016. Currently, stations indicated in green and blue on the map to the left are well above average. The map on the right shows that several stations are reporting record or second highest record precipitation. The areas with record precipitation are in the Sierra Nevada, central and northern Rockies, and other stations scattered across the Cascades and central Idaho.
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