BLOG ROUND-UP: Can Sacramento Valley reservoirs adapt to flooding with a warmer climate?; What could be the next big thing in infrastructure?; The changing face of water leadership; Secrets of salmon success in the Sac Valley; and more …

Red Hill Bay, Salton Sea (photo by USGS)

Can the Sacramento Valley reservoirs adapt to flooding with a warmer climate?  Jay Lund and Ann Willis write, “Much has been written on potential effects and adaptations for California’s water supply from climate warming, particularly from changes in snowpack accumulation and melting, sea level rise, and possible overall drying or wetting trends.   But what about floods?  In a paper in the journal San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, we along with co-authors from the US Army Corps of Engineers review much of the literature to date and examine how Shasta, Oroville, and New Bullards Bar reservoirs might adapt to floods in a warmer climate, including a climate that is either wetter or drier. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  Can Sacramento Valley reservoirs adapt to flooding with a warmer climate?

blog-round-up-previous-editionsWhat could be the next big thing in infrastructure?  Marta Weismann writes, “Infrastructure is a key component of how our water is supplied. Just think of the water treatment and distribution systems that deliver clean water to your tap and usher away dirty wastewater. To get the water into those distributions systems, we use canals and pipelines that move water from one place to another on a larger scale—e.g. the Colorado River Aqueduct, which moves water from the Colorado River to the Metropolitan Water District service area in Southern California. Also, desalination and reclamation plants are used to address water supply and water quality needs. … ”  Continue reading at the Hydrowonk blog here:  What could be the next big thing in infrastructure?

The changing face of water leadership:  Lori Pottinger writes, “California’s water managers face many challenges—from a changing climate to a growing population. We spoke with Celeste Cantú, chair of the PPIC Water Policy Advisory Council. Cantú served for more than a decade as general manager of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority and is stepping down this month. She talked about how the profession must change to better address these issues.  PPIC: What does it mean to be a “water leader” in California today?  Celeste Cantú: Currently, our water leaders primarily draw from an engineering skill set; their goal has been to manage discrete problems with precisely targeted solutions. That approach has proven to be too piecemeal for the water challenges we face today. Going forward, water leaders will need to be change agents. ... ”  Read more from the PPIC Blog here:  The changing face of water leadership

Secrets of salmon success:  How lessons learned on Butte Creek can help recover fish in the Sacramento Valley:  Jacob Katz writes, “It was great to be on the banks of Butte Creek last week celebrating the success of a collaborative effort to create a working landscape for fish, birds and people.  There are many lessons to draw from the success of Butte Creek restoration efforts; the galvanizing the power of diverse partnerships is definitely a big one.  Another is that Butte Creek fish on their way downstream pass right through the Butte Sink/Sutter Bypass, which essentially is the last functioning large wetland floodplain system in the Central Valley. ... ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  Secrets of salmon success:  How lessons learned on Butte Creek can help recover fish in the Sacramento Valley

Delta status end of June 2017:  Tom Cannon writes, “Despite the fact that it is a record wet year with abundant spring snowmelt, early summer conditions in the Delta in 2017 are not looking good.  Rapidly falling Delta inflows and a late June heat wave have led to salt water intrusion and extremely warm water temperatures detrimental to salmon and smelt throughout the Delta.  Notably, lower Sacramento River flows at Wilkins Slough upstream of the mouth of the Feather River are down about a third compared to the last Wet year, 2011 (Figure 1).  Flow is only about 7000 cfs and water temperatures are 73-75°F, well above the water quality standard of 68°F.  … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here:  Delta status end of June 2017

Salton Sea fish, birds in jeopardy even with more mitigation water:  John Fleck writes, “One suggested short term tool to deal with the shrinking Salton Sea is to continue putting in more water. New research suggests that, for fish and birds, it won’t help.  “Mitigation water” is jargon for extra water currently diverted to the Salton Sea to make up for reduced agricultural runoff as efficiency improvements. (It’s hairy and I won’t try to explain the whole mess here, read my book or, if you don’t have as much time, read the Desert Sun’s recent opus, which actually does a better job on this than my book, but you should still read my book.) … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  Salton Sea fish, birds in jeopardy even with more mitigation water

Beyond the Cadillac Desert:  Jon Fleck writes, “Chuck Cullom, the Central Arizona Project’s Colorado River Programs Manager, asked a great question during my lunch talk last week at the Universities Council on Water Resources annual meeting. It was a panel with me and Bill and Rosemarie Alley, who’ve written a new book on groundwater that you should click on this link and buy because groundwater is really important. I’m paraphrasing badly (sorry Chuck), but Cullom wanted our thoughts on how environmental narratives had changed in the last few decades, as compared to the world in which our books now live.  Bill’s answer was brief – no one was writing much about groundwater three decades ago, he said, (or if they were got relatively little attention?) which is why books like the Alley’s are needed. But I’ve injected myself, awkwardly, into a long non-fiction literary tradition that has received no shortage of attention. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  Beyond the Cadillac Desert



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About the Blog Round-up: The Blog Round-up is a weekly journey through the wild and varied tapestry of blog commentary, incorporating the good, the bad, the ugly, and sometimes just plain bizarre viewpoints existing on the internet. Viewpoints expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily my own; inclusion of items here does not imply my endorsement of their positions. Items are chosen to express a wide range of viewpoints, and are added at the editor’s discretion. While posts with obvious factual errors are excluded, please note that no attempt is made on my part to verify or fact check the information bloggers present, so caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.

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