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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Briefing on the 2019 update to the State of the Estuary Report
The San Francisco Estuary Partnership periodically reports on the health of the estuary, producing the State of the Estuary report which assesses the status of various parameters of the ecosystems of both the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and summarizes the latest scientific findings about ecosystem health. The State of the Estuary report is the only place where a holistic view of ecosystem function is provided across both the Bay and the Delta. The objective of the report is to identify problems with estuarine health so that conservation and restoration efforts can focus on solutions.
At the December meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Caitlin Sweeney, Director of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, briefed the Council on the 2019 update to the State of the Estuary report. She began with some background on the Partnership.
STATE OF THE ESTUARY: Microplastics Everywhere: Understanding Microplastics in the Bay and Recommended Actions
Microplastics are ubiquitous and persistent pollutants in the ocean, and a pervasive and preventable threat to the health of marine ecosystems. Microplastics, defined as particles less than 5 mm, come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and plastic types, each with unique physical and chemical properties and toxicological impacts. Accurate measures of the occurrence of microplastics in the environment and identification of likely sources are necessary to form an understanding of the magnitude of the problem, identify the highest priorities for mitigation, and inform effective management actions.
To develop critical baseline data and inform solutions, the San Francisco Estuary Institute and the 5 Gyres Institute completed a three-year $1 million comprehensive regional study of microplastic pollution of the San Francisco Bay.
The findings of the study made headline news on the front cover of the LA Times and the Mercury News. Those news stories focused on one of the findings from the study which was the total estimated microplastic loads going into the bay. Prior to the study, there wasn’t any data to make that type of estimate.
At the 2019 State of the Estuary conference, Dr. Diana Lin from the San Francisco Estuary Institute gave a presentation on the study results.
ANECITA AGUSTINEZ, DWR TRIBAL POLICY ADVISOR: The Language of Water
This commentary is based on speakers notes from an ACWA Talk given by Anecita Agustinez at the ACWA Fall Conference 2019. This talk was prepared for the first TED-talk inspired workshop and was presented in San Diego, California to a large audience from many backgrounds.
Hello, my name is Anecita Agustinez and I am Dine’ from the Navajo Nation, I am born to the BitterWater Clan, which is my maternal clan and I am born for the Illocano Filipino Clan, which is my paternal clan.
I titled my talk today “The Language of Water”.
Water is Earth’s most precious commodity. Author Masuro Emoto authored a bestseller called The Hidden Messages of Water. His ideas explored how the influence of our thoughts, our words and our feelings on molecules of water can positively impact the earth. How did he do this? He used high-speed photography to capture the structure of water at the moment of freezing and therefore, capture our thought process on the formation of water crystals.
In water news this week from around the web …
WEEKEND DAILY DIGEST: Snow returns to NorCal this week; US almond growers struggle to overcome ‘vampire’ image problem; California lays out ambitious climate change budget plan; King tides come to the CA coast; Those big wildfires in Australia look familiar — they’re much like California’s; House Democrats push environmental bills, but victories are few; House passes PFAS chemicals bill to push water standards; NEPA overhaul won’t be ‘overnight game changer’; Photo feature: Mount Diablo, a Story of Place; and more … READ IT HERE: Weekend Daily Digest
MONDAY: The Delta’s sinking islands; Sea lions are cash cows in the Bay Area. Farther south, fishermen say, ‘Shoot ‘em’; The PFAS and the furious: the new and deserved scrutiny on the ‘forever chemicals’; Forever litigated ‘forever chemicals’: a guide to PFAS in courts; Coalition forms to back Trump rollback of major environmental law; Meeting set on damaged Shasta County dam; Helping salmon in the Tuolumne River without increasing water flows; Widespread droughts affect southern California water sources six times a century; and more … READ IT HERE: Monday’s Daily Digest
TUESDAY: Winter storms bound for Sierra, Lake Tahoe this week; Nuts getting a bad rap for sinking the California Aqueduct; Spotlight on Tule Red Restoration Project; Nutria: the rodents of unusual size; LAO Report: The 2020-21 budget overview; Native species or invasive? The distinction blurs as the world warms; The past and the future of the earth’s oldest trees; Detecting microplastics first step in assessing environmental harm; Officials seeking FEMA funds to repair problem Shasta County dam; Is California’s Salad Bowl the next Silicon Valley?; Tulare County: Growers still unclear on how much groundwater they can use; and more … READ IT HERE: Tuesday’s Daily Digest
WEDNESDAY: Biggest winter storm in weeks expected to hit Northern California; Reclamation releases final CVP cost allocation study; Dramatic steps, better weather, luck made 2019 a much less devastating fire year; San Francisco building gives water and human waste a second life; Offshore oil rigs could turn into windmills and dive hotels; CEQA year in review 2019; Trump set to gut water protections; Former EPA Chief Gina McCarthy on environmental policy’s future; Republicans gird to fight widely backed climate bill; and more … READ IT HERE: Wednesday’s Daily Digest
THURSDAY: California governor restarts giant water tunnel project; State-federal water deal takes bite from L.A.’s supply; Report highlights busy year for California rice in 2019; State just starting to grapple with climate change; How many water bottles could a filling station save?; Water governance: Could less sometimes be more?; 2019 was 2nd hottest year on record; Extreme weather forecasting in the Bay Area has a new high-tech tool; Inyo to take ‘no’ position on Indian Wells Valley plan to tap into LA Aqueduct; Kern’s final groundwater plan approved; Del Mar looks to postpone Coastal Commission hearing over sea level rise to July; A Colorado River Water Primer; and more … READ IT HERE: Thursday’s Daily Digest
FRIDAY: San Joaquin supervisors blast plans to move Delta tunnel project forward; Newsom’s administration seeks input on water plan; Deadly bacteria persists in water at California prison. State makes a plan to live with it; Women in Water conference showcases career opportunities; Water resource innovation, hard-earned lessons and Colorado River challenges — Western water year in review; Production of most California-grown field crops declined during 2019; GOP builds climate plan: ‘We have nothing to be afraid of’; U.S. water data, refreshed daily; and more … READ IT HERE: Friday’s Daily Digest
Breaking news and other news items this week …
- THIS JUST IN … Notice of preparation of environmental impact report for the Delta conveyance project *Updated with DWR press release*
- REACTIONS: Organizations and water agencies react to DWR’s issuance of a Notice of Preparation for the Delta conveyance project.
Weekly features …
- BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta tunnel planning moves full speed ahead; MWD suggests SoCal has too much water?!; CVPIA hijacked by enviro advocates; Myths vs. Facts: 2019 biological opinions; Birds, farms and a Carolina girl; and more …
- SCIENCE NEWS: 2019 was 2nd hottest year on record for Earth say NOAA, NASA; Marine heatwave known as ‘the blob’ killed a million US seabirds; Modeling the fall-run chinook salmon lifecycle; Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future; and more …
Announcements this week …
- DELTA eNEWS: ~~ DPC Meeting~ DSC Meeting~ Social Science~ Delta Plan~ Delta Conservancy ~~
- WATER PLAN eNEWS: ~~Water Memorandum~ Watershed Report~ Post-fire Course~ Water Tours~ Splash ~~
- INFO: Delta Conveyance updates
- PUBLIC NOTICE POSTED for the Lower Klamath Project License Surrender Water Quality Certification Application
- NOTICE OF CHANGE PETITIONS for adjudicated water rights in the Little Shasta River watershed of Siskiyou County
- WETLAND ASSESSMENTS: 2020 CRAM Training Sessions Now Open for Registration
- FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Delta Community and Economic Enhancement Grant Program (Proposition 68) Now Open
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