BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta toilet bowl, Denham Dossier, salmon recovery, ball and chain, ESA under attack

Super moon over the estuary. Photo by Alice Cahill

blog-round-up-previous-editionsDelta Toilet Bowl: Primarily we must ask what’s really wrong with the Delta?  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “In our last newsletter (Calinsanity!) we told you about the State Water Resource Control Board’s (SWRCB) proposal to send twice as much water down the Stanislaus, Toulumne and Merced Rivers to the delta to try to save fish.  We also told you we’d tell you which rivers the environmentalists would be going after next in the this newsletter, but before we do that we need to go over a couple of other things.  Primarily we must ask what’s really wrong with the delta?  Is it really a lack of water from the rivers feeding into it?  Or could it be something else? ... ”  Continue reading from Families Protecting the Valley here: Delta Toilet Bowl: Primarily we must ask what’s really wrong with the Delta?

The Denham Dossier, Part 2: The real water grab:  “Why would a Beverly Hills billionaire donate big money to a congressman whose district is over two-hundred miles away from the billionaire’s business holdings? Because water flows uphill toward money and power, that’s why.  Though he lives in a Beverly Hills mansion sometimes known as “Versailles II,” Stewart Resnick’s biggest land holdings are in Kern County and comprise some 180,000 acres, mostly  in pistachios. According to Mark Arax, “His 15 million trees in the San Joaquin Valley consume more than 400,000 acre-feet of water a year. The city of Los Angeles, by comparison, consumes 587,000 acre-feet.” … ”  Continue reading from the Valley Citizen here:  The Denham Dossier, Part 2: The real water grab

More salmon recovery projects: Removing fish barriers on Little Cow Creek:  The Northern California Water Association blog writes, “We now have funding from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to address two fish barriers in Little Cow Creek: the Cook and Butcher diversion dam and the abandoned Bella Vista pipeline.  The Cow Creek Watershed is a major tributary to the Sacramento River below Shasta/Keswick Dams and covers an area of over 430 square miles. It has five major tributaries. There is excellent riparian habitat and the water flows are important for the Upper Sacramento River, contributing one-fifth of the discharge to the Sacramento River between Shasta Dam and Red Bluff. ... ”  Read more from NCWA blog here: More salmon recovery projects: Removing fish barriers on Little Cow Creek

Ball and chain and other links:  Verna Jigour writes, “For many in my general age group the term “Ball and Chain” immediately conjures images of the late, great Janis Joplin belting out the Big Mama Thornton tune of that title in 1967, commemorated in D. A. Pennebaker’s documentary film, Monterey Pop. Who knew that in the following decade, the term would take on a whole different meaning, applied by California’s Division of Forestry (CDF) to such tasks as “Pre-burn treatment of oaks with the ball and chain” (Brown 1973)? ... ”  Continue reading at the Rainfall to Groundwater blog here:  Ball and chain and other links

House members attack the Endangered Species Act:  “Taking aim at the long-standing—and highly successful—Endangered Species Act, the Congressional Western Caucus introduced a group of nine bills that would significantly weaken the bedrock wildlife conservation law. “Our most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction is once again under attack in the House of Representatives,” says Nora Apter, a legislative advocate at NRDC. ... ”  Continue reading at the NRDC: House members attack the Endangered Species ActDaily 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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