BLOG ROUND-UP: How Devin Nunes shortchanges his constituents; Another Lucy!; Are hot rivers in summer the new norm?; What lessons can Butte Creek teach us about improving fisheries; and more …

Lake Redding Dam, photo by Ron Lute

How Devin Nunes shortchanges his constituents:  On the Public Record writes, “Representative Devin Nunes is a stalwart change denier, calling global warming “nonsense“.  He jokes about the dangers that climate change poses to Californians in a blog post today.  This poses two problems.  One is that he is asking his fellow ideologues to join him in a joke that denies their own lived experiences.  Perhaps Nunes has been in DC so long that he doesn’t know how the southern San Joaquin Valley is changing.  But the people who live there can see and feel the effects of climate change.  It isn’t a snide joke to them. … ”  Read more from On the Public Record here:  How Devin Nunes shortchanges his constituents

blog-round-up-previous-editionsNunes and water – where does the rain come from?  Jim Reeves writes, “On Wednesday, July 12, our Congressman Devin Nunes took to the floor of the House of Representatives and made a fool of himself (again – remember Russia, anyone?) (and of us, for electing him to office, repeatedly).  Here’s the video.  Nunes was speaking in favor of House Resolution 23, the GROW Act (it passed the House). In it, he chastises the left and environmentalists for letting 92% of water entering the Delta flow out into the Pacific Ocean. … ”  Read more from the Visalia Times-Delta here:  Nunes and water – where does the rain come from?

Brown v. Washington: With all the water flowing to the ocean this year Congress is rightfully looking at how federal policy is impacting the state: Families Protecting the Valley writes, “When California Governor Jerry Brown wants help with high-speed rail he has no problem asking the feds for money, or when it comes to climate change he has no problem asking the world, but when it comes to water he insists it’s totally up to the state.  Problem is, he’s wrong.  The Central Valley Project is a federal project.  Friant Dam is part of it.  San Luis Reservoir is jointly run by the state and the feds.  We have separate state and federal pumps in the Delta.  The San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement is an act of Congress signed by the President.  The Endangered Species Act is federal law.  The state can’t change it.  Out entire water system in the state is a federal and state co-mingle that can’t be undone.   … ”  Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here:  Brown v. Washington

Another Lucy!Is it going to be about the building of dams or is it about looking at other options?”  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “We’ve written a number of newsletters about Dianne Feinstein and how she’s like Lucy who pulls the football away at the last minute just when Charlie Brown’s about to kick it.  When will Charlie learn?  Same with Central Valley farmers and Dianne.  When will they ever learn?  She always comes for the fundraisers, but always pulls the football away when it’s time to get something done about the water situation.  Well, it looks like we have another Lucy. … ”  Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here:  Another Lucy!

Are hot rivers in summer the new norm?  Tom Cannon writes, “The much anticipated salmon season opener on the Sacramento River will be a bust, just as it was last year. … The sad news is that despite record inflow to reservoirs, the “new norm” in the lower Sacramento River is low water, high water temperatures, and no salmon during summer. This “new norm” is a consequence of the fact that federal and state regulators have changed the rules as they are applied on the ground, with little or no public input. Federal EPA and State water quality standards are no longer being enforced. … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries Blog here:  Are hot rivers in summer the new norm?

A simplified method to classify streams and improve California’s water management:  Belize Lane, Sam Sandoval, and Sarah Yarnell write, “Alterations to the natural flow regime for human water management activities have degraded river ecosystems worldwide. Such alterations are particularly destructive in regions with highly variable climates like California, where native riverine species are highly adapted to natural flooding and drought disturbances. In California, less than 2% of the total streamflow remains unaltered, while over 80% of the native fish species are now imperiled or extinct.  Determining the natural flow regime for altered stream reaches is difficult as unimpaired streamflow records are unavailable for many locations of interest. ... ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  A simplified method to classify streams and improve California’s water management

Working with wild horses and water:  “Watering holes can be hard to come by in the high desert of northeastern California. Pronghorn, deer, cattle, and wild horses are all visitors to the springs and ponds scattered across the often dry grasslands. The number of wild horses has jumped quickly in recent years, bringing a host of water-related challenges, and no small amount of controversy.  Laura Snell, a livestock and natural resource advisor with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, knows the controversy well. She’s been monitoring frequently visited water sources in the area for a couple of years. Her research shows that at times more than 70 percent of animal visits to springs are by wild horses, with cattle making up another 20 percent. … ”  Read more from the Confluence Blog here:  Working with wild horses and water

What lessons can Butte Creek teach us about improving fisheries in California:  Tim Quinn writes, “There is a spectacular success story in Northern California that proves that the coequal goals are attainable and multi-agency collaboration is possible: It is the Butte Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project. The project, which celebrated its 20th anniversary June 15, has brought more than 10,000 spawning spring-run salmon back annually to a waterway that once saw only a few hundred salmon return to spawn each year.  I was intensely involved in the Butte Creek restoration project back in the 1990s and was invited to speak at the 20th anniversary celebration. This blog is based on my remarks that day. ... ”  Read more from ACWA’s Voices on Water here:  What lessons can Butte Creek teach us about improving fisheries in California

Advancing groundwater management in the Sacramento Valley:  The Northern California Water Association writes, “Local agencies have organized in the Sacramento Valley through Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and they are poised to advance the next generation of groundwater management in California. The recent fact sheet shows The State of Sacramento Valley Groundwater and the collaboration across the entire Sacramento Valley floor, which includes ten counties and nearly 100 special water districts and companies working together with landowners. … ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  Advancing groundwater management in the Sacramento Valley

The San Francisco Bay Area faces sea level rise and chronic inundation:  Kristy Dahl writes, “Looking across the San Francisco Bay at the city’s rapidly rising skyscrapers, it’s easy to see why Ingrid Ballman and her husband chose to move to the town of Alameda from San Francisco after their son was born. With streets lined with single family bungalows painted in a rainbow of pastel colors and restaurant patios lined with senior citizens watching pelicans hunt offshore, Alameda is a world away from the gigabits per second pace of life across the bay.  “I had a little boy and it’s a very nice place to raise a child–very family-oriented, the schools are great. And we didn’t think much about any other location than Alameda,” Ballman says. … ”  Read more from The Equation here:  The San Francisco Bay Area faces sea level rise and chronic inundation

The search for sustainability in the Colorado River basin:  Lori Pottinger writes, “The Colorado River is a crucial water source for seven states (Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and Mexico, and like many shared rivers has its share of challenges. We talked to Doug Kenney—director of the Western Water Policy Program at the University of Colorado and a member of the PPIC Water Policy Center research network―about balancing priorities in managing the river.  PPIC: What’s the basin’s biggest challenge currently?  DOUG KENNEY: That depends on what part of the basin you’re in and what sector you work in. There’s no shortage of things to worry about. … ”  Read more from the PPIC blog here:  The search for sustainability in the Colorado River basinDaily emails

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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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