The Trump plan to decimate California’s salmon: Kate Poole writes, “These are challenging times for California as we face the current public health and economic crisis. As we fight this pandemic in global solidarity, we must continue our local efforts to protect our environment. Those efforts are sorely needed as the real-world impact of the Trump Administration’s new biological opinions on the operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project is becoming clear. And it is not pretty. … ” Read more from the NRDC here: The Trump plan to decimate California’s salmon
No Miracle March for Delta fish: Tom Cannon writes, “A nice spurt of Delta inflow and outflow occurred during mid-March 2020 (Figure 1). In past dry winters, this would have been a life saver for many juvenile salmon and smelt in the Delta. But this March brought no miracles for Delta fish. Without new rules for the State Water Project (SWP), the Project’s Banks pumping plant in the south Delta maxed out exports (Figure 2), just like the SWP did after last December’s storms. March exports have been just below the maximum export-to-inflow (E/I) ratio allowed by the State Water Board (35%). From 2009 through 2019, the state’s incidental take permit (ITP) limited exports by restricting negative flows in Old River and Middle River (OMR restrictions) to protect the state-listed longfin smelt and Delta smelt. Not so in the winter of 2020. … ” Read more from the California Fisheries blog here: No Miracle March for Delta fish
Is California’s dry 2020 water year a drought? Prepare anyway: Jay Lund writes, “Not again! There was not a “Miracle March” to follow California’s precipitation “Flat-line February.” Instead, we’ve had a “Meh March.” With the near-end of its wet season, California’s 2020 water year is and will be dry. The Northern Sierra 8-gage Precipitation Index is now about 25 inches, and might increase about 10% more by the end of the water year. This would place the 2020 water year somewhere between the 3% – 7% driest year on record for this index (98 years). Other precipitation and snow statistics for California tell a similar story. ... ” Read more from the California Water Blog here: Is California’s dry 2020 water year a drought? Prepare anyway
Delta Stewardship Council’s Draft Public Participation Plan has no provisions for coronavirus crisis: The Delta Defenders write, “The Delta Stewardship Council staff released a Draft of a Public Participation Plan at the Council’s February 27, 2020 meeting. But the plan has no provisions for consideration of the coronavirus crisis or any other emergency or major disaster in the DSC’s public engagement processes. When we asked for an extension of time to comment on the Draft Public Participation Plan, a staff person refused, stating ... ” Read more from the Delta Defenders here: Delta Stewardship Council’s Draft Public Participation Plan has no provisions for coronavirus crisis
People providing essential services in the Sacramento River basin: The Northern California Water Association wrote, “In the blog last week, we highlighted the State Water Board’s factsheet explaining how California’s water is safe and our existing drinking water safety rules and regulations protect against a wide spectrum of potential safety risks, including viruses like COVID-19. A Spanish language version of the factsheet is also available. As we go through these unsettling times, many hard-working people in the Sacramento River Basin, as well as other parts of the state, continue to move forward with their essential services that are “critical to protect health and well-being of all Californians” and “to protect communities, while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.” This includes water supplies, wastewater, food and agriculture, and the related supply chains. … ” Read more from the NCWA blog here: People providing essential services in the Sacramento River basin
COVID-19: Why most don’t need to stockpile bottled water: Tracy Quinn writes, “The world is facing an unprecedented public health crisis and people are understandably scared, but one thing you don’t have to be afraid of is contracting COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, from your tap water. We’ve all seen the pictures of shopping carts filled with food, cleaning essentials, and paper products, and rows of empty shelves in grocery stores because people are stockpiling supplies. Thankfully, one of the items the vast majority of Americans don’t need to stockpile is bottled water. According to the World Health Organization, the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies because widely-used water treatment methods kill the virus. … ” Read more from the NRDC here: COVID-19: Why most don’t need to stockpile bottled water
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