NEWS WORTH NOTING: Reclamation changes schedule, adds additional public meetings on efforts to maximize CVP deliveries; Central Valley Regional Water Board to hold workshop on proposed Salt and Nitrate Control Program; Coho salmon released in Marin County’s Redwood Creek to boost spawning of endangered fish

Reclamation changes schedule, adds additional public meetings on efforts to maximize Central Valley Project deliveries

From the Bureau of Reclamation:

The Bureau of Reclamation has added an additional meeting and postponed a meeting to give the public more time and more opportunities to provide comments as it prepares an environmental impact statement for Revisions to the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, and Related Facilities.

Three public meetings have now been scheduled to gather comments that will be used to develop alternatives to the proposed action. A meeting scheduled for Jan. 16, 2018, in Los Banos has been postponed a week to give the public more time to prepare and attend the meeting.

The new meeting schedule is as follows:

• Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2-4 p.m. at the Stanford Room, 650 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

• Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at Los Banos Community Center, 645 7th St, Los Banos, CA 93635

• Thursday, Jan. 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Bell Memorial Union (Room 210), CSU Chico, West 2nd St, CA 95929 between Hazel and Chestnut.

Reclamation published a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement, “Revisions to the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, and Related Facilities” in the Federal Register:https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/29/2017-28215/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-a-draft-environmental-impact-statement-revisions-to-the-coordinated.

Written comments are due by close of business, Feb. 1, 2018, by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to Katrina Harrison, project manager, Bureau of Reclamation, Bay-Delta Office, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814-2536; fax 916-414-2439; or email kharrison@usbr.gov. For additional information, please contact Harrison at 916-414-2425 (TTY 800-877-8339).

Central Valley Regional Water Board to hold workshop  Friday on proposed Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program

From the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board:

The Central Valley Water Board is holding a public workshop to discuss proposed Basin Plan Amendments that would incorporate strategies, policies and/or guidance into the Central Valley region’s Basin Plans to establish a Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program. The Salt and Nitrate Control Program is intended to provide a framework for the Central Valley Water Board to regulate salt and nitrate throughout the Central Valley in a sustainable manner while ensuring that groundwater users whose wells are impacted with nitrates are provided safe drinking water supplies.

The Central Valley Salinity Alternatives for Long-Term Sustainability (CVSALTS) initiative is a stakeholder-led process that developed a Salt and Nitrate Management Plan (SNMP) for the Central Valley, which was submitted to the Central Valley Water Board in 2017.

The Basin Plan Amendments currently under development include strategies, policies, and guidance to implement recommendations as appropriate from the CV-SALTS-developed SNMP.  These strategies, policies, and guidance include:

  • Nitrate Permitting Strategy
    • Management Zone Alternative
    • Guidance for Developing Alternative Compliance Projects
  • Salinity Management Strategy
  • Conditional Prohibition for the Salt and Nitrate Control Program
  • Guidance to Implement Secondary Maximum Contaminant Levels
  • Revision of the Salinity Variance Policy
  • Revision of the Exceptions Policy
  • Drought and Water Conservation Policy
  • Offsets Policy
  • Definitions and Terminology for the Salt and Nitrate Control Program

This informational item is intended to provide the Central Valley Water Board and affected stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on basin plan amendments and guidance currently under development.

The Board is conducting the public workshop to solicit stakeholder input on the strategies, policies and guidance currently under development. The workshop will be held at the following date and location:

Date: 19 January 2018
Place: Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
11020 Sun Center Drive #200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Additional information is available on the Board’s website at:
https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/water_issues/salinity/

Coho Salmon Released in Marin County’s Redwood Creek to Boost Spawning of Endangered Fish

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife:

In an effort to boost the population of spawning coho salmon in Marin County’s Redwood Creek, biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the National Park Service (NPS) today released nearly 200 adult coho salmon in the creek at Muir Beach.

The released coho salmon were collected as juveniles from Redwood Creek in the summer of 2015 at an age of 6 to 8 months and reared to adulthood at the Warm Springs Fish Hatchery in Geyserville at the base of the Lake Sonoma Dam.

The release of coho salmon this winter is the culmination of the Redwood Creek Coho Salmon Rescue and Captive Rearing Project. This project, a collaborative effort by CDFW, NPS, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, was initiated in 2014 with the goal of preventing the extinction of the coho salmon, which is listed as an endangered species under both the California Endangered Species Act and the federal Endangered Species Act.

Prior to 2014, fewer than 10 adult coho salmon were estimated to have returned to Redwood Creek annually to spawn. The long decline of coho salmon in Redwood Creek has been accelerated by recent periods of poor ocean survival combined with the prolonged California drought. Coho salmon are more sensitive to habitat degradation and poor water quality than other Pacific salmon species since they rear as juveniles in freshwater for a year or more.

Biologists hope that the released fish will migrate upstream and spawn in the creek. NPS monitoring staff will survey the creek in the summer of 2018 and collect tissue samples from juvenile fish. Genetic analysis of the tissue samples will indicate how many of the released adult fish produced viable offspring.

The first major release of adult coho salmon in Redwood Creek occurred in the winter of 2016. A third and final release of adult coho salmon is planned for the winter of 2018-19.

More information about the Redwood Creek Coho Salmon Rescue and Captive Rearing Project can be found on the CDFW website at wildlife.ca.gov/Drought/Projects/Redwood-Creek-Coho. The Redwood Creek coho restoration project is part of a broader effort to sustain and restore coho salmon runs along the central and northern California coast.

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