"The Temple of Time" (1846) by Emma Willard

BLOG ROUND UP: Restart the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan, say NGOs, Tribes; SJ Valley Blueprint; Predators vs. river flow; Newsom’s muddy water policy; and more …

We’ve waited long enough – it’s time to restart the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan:  Cindy Charles writes, “CSPA, as part of a coalition of environmental, fishing, tribal and environmental justice groups and businesses, sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board on January 17, 2020 urging the Board to move forward on the update of the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan.  The letter urges the Board “to implement San Joaquin River objectives and adopt and implement Sacramento River and Delta objectives as soon as possible.” … ”  Read more from the CSPA blog here:  We’ve waited long enough – it’s time to restart the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan

San Joaquin Valley Water Blueprint:  Don Wright writes, “The San Joaquin Valley Water Blueprint is beginning to coalesce and it’s important you’re aware of it. Everyone in the Valley who depends on groundwater – that’s everyone in the Valley – recognized something needed to change. For a myriad of reasons the aquifer in many parts of the Valley is being depleted from an involuntary lack of surface water recharge that has forced increased groundwater pumping. Input and output. ... before we go any further be sure you understand what the San Joaquin Valley Water Blueprint is not – it is not a way to undermine SGMA. You’re liable to hear this claim but know the truth; it will set you free. … ”  Read more from Water Wrights here:  San Joaquin Valley Water Blueprint

Predators versus river flow:  “I keep emphasizing the need for fall flows to get Central Valley salmon fry, fingerling, sub-yearling smolts, and yearling smolts to and through the Delta to the Bay. This especially applies to wild spring-run and to wild and hatchery winter-run and late-fall run, the Chinook salmon runs most in danger of extinction. Extinction comes from population decline and loss of genetic diversity from lower river flows and fragmented habitat.  The reason river flow is important is that flow affects habitat, growth, migration, and predation of emigrating salmon. … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here:  Predators versus river flow

Letter from Sacramento: Gavin Newsom’s Muddy Water Policy: Kathryn Phillips writes, “As I watch the way Governor Gavin Newsom is handling water policy, I have two thoughts.  First, the governor is on a track that seems driven by adherence to some of Governor Jerry Brown’s worst water policies. And, second, he’s not getting good advice.  As they did with Brown, the bad water policies related to the San Francisco Bay Delta and a tunnel are overshadowing the good water policies the administration is advancing. … ”  Read more from the Sierra Club here: Letter from Sacramento: Gavin Newsom’s Muddy Water Policy

Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Delta Plan; Climate and harmful algal blooms are emerging threats:  Restore the Delta writes, “Restore the Delta today filed comments today on the proposed Delta Plan ecosystem restoration amendments currently being considered by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC).  Among the concerns about Delta stewardship are climate impacts, harmful algal blooms, and protecting indigenous and Delta environmental justice communities. Here are a few quotes from the comments letter.   Best Available Science:   “In the absence of following the scientific evidence where it leads, the DSC’s policies will fail to be based on the best available science, something that state law obligates the Council to do.”  … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here:  Restore the Delta Submits Comments on Delta Plan; Climate and harmful algal blooms are emerging threats

Governor’s Climate Resilience Bond – Flooding:  Dierdre Des Jardin writes, “As part of his 2020-2021 budget, Governor Newsom has proposed a $4.75 Climate Resilience Bond for the November 2020 ballot. The Climate Resilience Bond includes funding for adaptation to increased river flooding, sea level rise, wildfires, and heat from climate change, as well as $1 billion for “water resilience.” This blog post addresses the Governor’s proposal for flood investments.  Climate change will bring increased frequency and severity of flooding to the Central Valley. To avoid catastrophic flooding, major investments will need to be made. … ”  Read more from the California Water Research blog here:  Governor’s Climate Resilience Bond – Flooding

Realty meets climate reality:  Kat Kerlin writes, “My husband and I fell in love a couple of months ago. It was with a house by a river. (See what I did there?) This is the river that was a stone’s throw away when we were engaged 13 years ago. The river we’ve brought our children to every summer of the past decade. The river I love to paint, paddle, swim in and stare at. This place could be our forever home. … A couple weeks later when we visited the place, we stood on the gravel bar below the property, my husband’s eyes all wild and dreamy looking across the water, and he said to me, “You know, I think our biggest concern with this place is that we’ll never want to leave it.”  He was wrong. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here:  Realty meets climate reality

Scott River Coho Salmon Run – Status Fall 2019:  Tom Cannon writes, “The Scott River Coho salmon population is one of the last remaining self-sustaining wild Coho salmon runs in California and in the Southern Oregon Northern California Coho (SONCC) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU). The SONCC ESU is listed as “threatened” under the federal and California endangered species acts. The ESU includes the Rogue River in Oregon and the Klamath River in California.  The Scott Coho run is the major wild Coho population in the Klamath River system. Scott Coho spawn and rear in Scott Valley, once called “Beaver Valley,” located near Fort Jones. The run has numbered over 1,000 adult Coho spawners as recently as 2013, but numbered less than 100 as recently as the 2008-09 drought years. … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here: Scott River Coho Salmon Run – Status Fall 2019

EPA’s new water rule a mockery of science and the Clean Water Act:  Derrick Jackson writes, “With the Environmental Protection Agency’s own data showing that nearly half of our rivers and streams and a third of our wetlands are in “poor biological condition,” and with millions of Americans exposed to unsafe chemicals in water systems, this is a bad time to make a mockery of the Clean Water Act. But that is precisely what the Trump administration did this week when it issued its Navigable Waters Protection rule and completed its rollback of the Obama administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States rule. … ”  Read more from The Equation blog here:  EPA’s new water rule a mockery of science and the Clean Water Act

And lastly … Emma Willard’s Maps of Time:  Please forgive the off-topic featured image, “The Temple of Time,” but I was fascinated by the graphics put together by Emma Willard in 1846.  (And maybe there’s a bit of correlation with the first item, I’m just sayin’ … meaning whatever side you might be on, it’s taking a looong time to get through this update, and voluntary agreements or no, it’s still nowhere near done … )  “In the 21st-century, infographics are everywhere. In the classroom, in the newspaper, in government reports, these concise visual representations of complicated information have changed the way we imagine our world. Susan Schulten explores the pioneering work of Emma Willard (1787–1870), a leading feminist educator whose innovative maps of time laid the groundwork for the charts and graphics of today. … ”  Plenty more to see from the Public Domain Review here:  Emma Willard’s Maps of Time


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