BLOG ROUND-UP: Trump’s tweets, water mismanagement, Water Fix and fish, helping salmon, predator control, Arax v. Nunes, and more …

Trump shows his ignorance of CA water – and his contempt for West Coast fisheries and the Delta: Dan Bacher writes, “In a tweet today, President Donald Trump showed his ignorance of California water and geography while advocating for increased diversions of Northern California water to his corporate agribusiness backers in the San Joaquin Valley.  Trump stated, “Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.”  Actually, the water in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries isn’t “being diverted into the Pacific Ocean,” as Trump claims. In fact, the water flows naturally into the Delta, Suisun Bay, San Francisco Bay and then the ocean outside of the Golden Gate. … ”  Read more from the Daily Kos here:  Trump shows his ignorance of CA water – and his contempt for West Coast fisheries and the Delta

blog-round-up-previous-editionsMismanaged!! Governor Brown loves to blame climate change on our water and fire situations, like there’s nothing we can do about it: Families Protecting the Valley writes, “California Governor Brown:  “Over a decade or so, we’re going to have more fire, more destructive fire, more billions that will have to be spent on it.  All that is the new normal that we will have to face.”  Republican candidate for governor John Cox:  “Politicians like Mr. Brown and Mr. Newsom are distracting people.  What’s really going on here is they’re blaming this on climate change to cover up for the fact that they haven’t devoted the time and the resources and the planning to actually doing something about forestry management.” … ”  Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here:  Mismanaged!! Governor Brown loves to blame climate change on our water and fire situations, like there’s nothing we can do about it

Would WaterFix Tunnel Intakes be Protective of North Delta Fish? You Judge!: Tom Cannon writes, “The Department of Water Resources’ consultant on in the WaterFix tunnels hearing testified:  “But for those Smelts that are occurring in that area, the North Delta diversions will be designed to fish agency protective standards”… “That opening, based on analyses, would prevent entrainment of Smelts that are greater than about 21 to 22 millimeters.” “In the EIR/EIS, the only significant and unavoidable impact that we found was for Striped Bass and American Shad. This is because of entrainment of early life stages at the North Delta diversions. These are species that spawn upstream of the North Delta diversions, in large part….. ”  Continue reading at the California Fisheries blog here:  Would WaterFix Tunnel Intakes be Protective of North Delta Fish? You Judge!

Salmon need help in California, but what kind?  The California Farm Water Coalition writes, “Salmon need help in California. Unfortunately, L.A. Times opinion writer, Michael Hiltzik, isn’t doing them any favors by furthering the notion that more water in the Delta’s sterile waterways is the solution.  Hiltzik completely ignores the economic consequences that have devastated San Joaquin Valley farms, farmworkers, and communities as a result of water supply cuts that were designed to help endangered salmon and Delta smelt. These practices have failed to achieve their intended benefit- restoring fish populations- and instead have wreaked havoc on a large part of one of California’s prime food-producing regions. ... ”  Read more from the California Farm Water Coalition here:  Salmon need help in California, but what kind?

Killing native fishes for fun and predator control:  Teejay A. O’Rear, John R. Durand, and Peter B. Moyle write, “A recent posting of a short film on a 2017 fishing derby (FISHBIO 2018a) is disturbing to those of us interested in conserving our native fishes.  The film glorifies killing Sacramento pikeminnow and hardhead for reducing predation on juvenile Chinook salmon and for attracting more people to sport-fishing.  The idea is for anglers, from senior citizens to kids, to catch and kill as many pikeminnow and hardhead as possible for prizes.  On derby day in 2017, 638 fish were killed, some appearing to weigh more than four pounds.  The big fish were likely 15-20 years old.  Supposedly, removing these fish as predators will increase the number of adult salmon returning to spawn a few years later. In fact, little scientific evidence exists to support the notion that hardhead and pikeminnow affect numbers of returning adult salmon. ... ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  Killing native fishes for fun and predator control

Arax V. Nunes:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “The Fresno Bee and Sacramento Bee seem to have a never ending supply of bad news regarding Congressman Devin Nunes.  The most recent article is written by Mark Arax who recalls a Congressional field hearing at Fresno City Hall in 2014 about the drought.  Two members of our Families Protecting the Valley Board of Directors testified at the hearing so we are well aware of what happened there.  One of them was Kole Upton who has commented where appropriate in the article. ... ”  Read more from the Fresno Bee here:  Arax V. Nunes

Four ways to help foster cooperation over groundwater:  Ellen Hanak and Jelena Jezdimirovic write,Last summer, some 250 local groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) were formed―the first step in meeting the requirements of California’s historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).  Now these agencies face the difficult task of developing and implementing plans to bring their groundwater basins into balance over the next 20 years.  A recent event by the Groundwater Resources Association of California explored groundwater governance, and laid out ways that locals will need to cooperate to manage groundwater for long-term sustainability. Here are four key takeaways. … ”  Read more from the PPIC blog here:  Four ways to help foster cooperation over groundwater

Four ways drones are helping people and nature prepare for climate change:  David Festa writes, “Drones have taken off in popularity, as updates in technology have made them more affordable and maneuverable. These advancements are allowing researchers to capture high-resolution data with accuracy, precision and ease, making drones a valuable tool for understanding how the world around us is changing, and how we can manage this change.  My Environmental Defense Fund colleagues are exploring ways drones can help us build ecosystem resilience, from corn fields in the heartland to wetlands along our coasts.  Here are four inspiring examples. … ”  Read more from the Growing Returns blog here:  Four ways drones are helping people and nature prepare for climate change

Farming, Birds and Fish in Harmony: Gorrill Ranch Celebrates 100 Years in the Sacramento Valley:  The Northern California Water Association writes, “On Friday, July 20, our family and business had the pleasure of welcoming friends and community members to our farm in the beautiful Sacramento Valley to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Gorrill Ranch.  The Gorrill Ranch is my family’s 4th generation family farming operation.  We grow rice and orchard crops including walnuts, prunes, almonds, and pecans.  During our day of celebration, visitors had a chance to tour and learn a little about our farm through stations highlighting different aspects of our operation, including a small gallery filled with family and ranch historical photos; a station about our rice drying operation with buckets full of rice at different stages of processing; an equipment station where guests could climb on some large farm equipment; and a hay ride out to Butte Creek to learn about our region’s salmon restoration project. … ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  Farming, Birds and Fish in Harmony: Gorrill Ranch Celebrates 100 Years in the Sacramento Valley

Cutter Reservoir:  John Fleck writes, “Cutter Reservoir is an incongruous sight.  The 10ish miles of dirt road it takes to reach it, up San Juan County Road 4450, is not suggestive of water. Thanks to oilfield money, the road is good as northwest New Mexico washboard dirt roads go. )We counted 21 well pads between the reservoir and the main highway.) But it is the sort of dusty that makes your mouth feel parched.  There are signs, until there aren’t, and Lissa and I got lost when we missed the turn, not having been attentive enough to the available maps and GPS advice on our devices, but eventually we rounded a corner and saw a big earthen plug in the arroyo ahead, parked at the foot of the dam and walked up the dirt road leading up the river right side of the dam. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain Blog here:  Cutter ReservoirDaily emails

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