Artist concpetion of Oroville Dam, 1962. Courtesy Water Resources Archives

BLOG ROUND-UP: Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan, CA Water during national crisis, Wade Crowfoot interviews Obi Kaufmann, Multi-benefit water management, and more …

State Water Board formally objects to Reclamation’s 2020 Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan:  Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “On Monday, June 1, 2020, the State Water Resources Control Board sent a letter to Ernest Conant, Mid-Pacific Director of the Bureau of Reclamation, objecting to Reclamation’s 2020 Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan.  Under Water Right Order 90-5, Reclamation is required to operate Shasta and Keswick Dams to provide adequate cold water in the Sacramento River for Chinook salmon. Reclamation’s new operations of Shasta Reservoir aggressively release water for exports south of the Delta, depleting Shasta’s cold water pool.  Environmental groups and Water Board staff were concerned that Reclamation estimated that there could be 28 percent temperature dependent mortality of in Winter Run Chinook salmon under the proposed operations. … ”  Read more from the California Water Research blog here:  State Water Board formally objects to Reclamation’s 2020 Sacramento River Temperature Management Plan

State Water Board action threatens jobs, food supply:  The California Farm Water Coalition writes,  “In a stunning move that could wreak havoc on California farms, the broader California economy and our food supply in a time of national crisis, the California State Water Resources Board is trying to use regulatory maneuvers to cut this year’s water supply to California farms.  In February of this year, the Bureau of Reclamation announced the federally-run Central Valley Project would only be able to fulfill 15% of its water commitment to farmers due to a drier than normal year. In May that amount was increased to 20%. Even with this meager allotment, farmers marched forward, made their plans, purchased supplies, planted crops and committed other dollars needed to get through the growing season.  And now, in the middle of the season, the State Board wants to take back the small amount of water already promised. ... ”  Read more from the California Farm Water Coalition here: State Water Board action threatens jobs, food supply

Delta Flows: California water during national crisis (Part 1):  Barbara Barrigan-Parilla writes, “This is the hardest, most emotionally difficult blog, I have written for Restore the Delta in our 14-year history.  How do we talk about the vital work that we do and what is happening in California water against the context of what is happening in America:  a pandemic, a crisis in governance, and the exposure of systemic racism that led to the murder of George Floyd and too many Americans of color over the last 30 years?  How do we have this discussion without overreaching from our areas of expertise and our mission, while showing empathy, respect, and support for so many people suffering in our community, the state, and our nation? When people of color in our communities are faced with social and economic injustice, how do our communications about protecting a river system, or water quality, or fisheries have any meaning in that context? How do we navigate these conversations, without virtue signaling, while being good allies to our neighbors of color and focusing on our mission to make the Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable and farmable for all? … ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here: Delta Flows: California water during national crisis (Part 1)

Systemic racism and implementation of environmental laws in CaliforniaDeirdre Des Jardins writes, “In light of recent events, we all need to be considering how California systematically fails to protect the lives of black and minority residents. It’s not just turning a blind eye to police misconduct, but also failing to value black and minority lives in implementation of environmental laws.  Pollution disproportionately impacts minority communities.  As reported by Tony Barbarossa in the LA Times, a 2014 California Environmental Protection Agency analysis found that nearly 10% of residents of the most polluted ZIP Codes are black, though they make up only 6% of the population statewide ... ”  Read more from the California Water Research blog here: Systemic racism and implementation of environmental laws in California

Obi Kaufmann: The Wade Crowfoot interview:  In his post, Obi describes Wade as ‘enthusiastic, genuine, and curious student of nature’ and called the interview as a highlight in his career.  The post has the video and additional visuals and resources from his books, The State of Water and the California Field Atlas.  He writes, “More rewarding than presenting the work itself is the audience I am able to become before this electric network, a community ready for this nature-first narrative. I listen to the choir of neighbors ready to be counted in a nation that draws its strength from a healthy relationship with all systems of the natural world. In the next one hundred years, as our society turns from extraction to replenishment as the primary attitude toward this giving-land of plenty, into a post-carbon economy, we will reject more and more the rhetorical miasma set as a divisive agenda upon us from the swarm of professional politicians. The solutions to all manner of our ecological dilemmas are already on the table. Disregarding the vocal extremes, we are one and we are not afraid of the work it will take to continue this, perhaps the most important conversation we can have. … ”  Read the post from Coyote and Thunder here:  CALIFORNIA’S STATE, an interview with Wade Crowfoot

The 18 May storm brought water and fish to the Bay:  Tom Cannon writes, “A mid-May storm in the northern Central Valley brought approximately 250,000 acre-ft of new water to the Sacramento River watershed. A rough conservative estimate indicates approximately 150,000 acre-ft of the storm’s water was put into storage in northern Valley reservoirs, while roughly 100,000 acre-ft of the storm’s water reached the Delta and Bay. No noticeable effect from the storm was observable in the southern Valley or San Joaquin River.  Shasta Reservoir storage at the northern end of the Valley increased 80,000-100,000 acre-ft from the storm. ... ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here: The 18 May storm brought water and fish to the Bay

Advancing multi-benefit water management in the Sacramento River Basin:  The Northern California Water Association blog writes, “Multi-benefit water management is the hallmark for the Sacramento River Basin as shown in the following document. Single purpose water management that drives much of the public discourse on water is a relic of the last century. The water resources managers in the region are advancing multi-benefit water management approaches that meet multiple needs as water flows through the region, which include cities, farms, fish, birds, other wildlife, recreation, and hydropower. In pursuing sustainable water management in the 21st Century, water resources managers also rely on multi-disciplinary approaches to serve multi-benefits, which includes engineering, biology, accounting, hydrology, modelling, hydrogeology and law.  … ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  Advancing multi-benefit water management in the Sacramento River Basin

Accelerating conservation in Marin County:  Sustainable Conservation writes, “Right now, it’s more important than ever to celebrate environmental successes. This month, we’d like to spotlight how a coalition of restorationists in Marin County is bringing a holistic, watershed-level approach to salmonid habitat in Lagunitas Creek – and how a Sustainable Conservation-sponsored permitting program helped them get the job done. … ”  Read more from Sustainable Conservation here: Accelerating Conservation in Marin County

Exploring the mysteries of American River shad during the time of coronavirus:  Dan Bacher writes, “The silvery fish leaped out of the clear water and then surged on one last run. It was Memorial Day 1969 and this was the first time that I had ever fished for or hooked a shad. I was using a light spinning rod with a Mitchell Garcia 300 reel and 4 lb. test line of indeterminate origin.  I worked the dogged battler toward me and finally landed it in the cold waters of the American River at Ancil Hoffman Park. I admired the fish, an anadromous member of the herring family with a metallic body and dark spots on its shoulder, and put it on a stringer. I had just caught a fish that I would spend thousands of hours pursuing for the rest of my life. … ”  Read more from the Daily Kos here: Exploring the mysteries of American River shad during the time of coronavirus

A deal is a deal – El Dorado Irrigation District seeks to add more diversions from SF American River:  Cindy Charles writes, “CSPA and a coalition of environmental and recreation organizations submitted comments in response to the April 17, 2020 Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for El Dorado Irrigation District’s (EID) proposed modification of Water Right Permit 21112.  EID proposes to add points of diversion and rediversion to its existing permit.  The new points of diversion would be upstream of the heavily used whitewater boating section of the South Fork American River.  Nearly 30 years ago, EID, through the El Dorado County Water Agency, formally agreed to divert water exclusively from Folsom Reservoir, which is downstream of the whitewater boating reaches.  Now EID is reversing that commitment in seeking upstream points of diversion and rediversion. ... ”  Read more from the CSPA here: A deal is a deal – El Dorado Irrigation District seeks to add more diversions from SF American River

A dangerous second Mulholland moment to create freshwater for LA:  Richard Cathcart writes, “Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has a water-supply plan for fresh water that would endanger city growth and city residents while risking man-made seismic activity in the San Fernando Valley.  Some Angelenos may recall videos of Mayor Garcetti enthusiastically dumping a few of the 96 million bobbing black “shade balls” deployed August 2015 at a Sylmar-sited Los Angeles freshwater reservoir. Allegedly, the “shade balls” were placed to reduce freshwater evaporation and prevent harmful algal blooms in the reservoir because scientists had previously determined the monolayer of floating plastic balls incorporated more manufactured freshwater than the reservoir freshwater saved during two years evaporation reduction! … ”  Read more from Fox and Hounds here:  A Dangerous Second Mulholland Moment to Create Freshwater for LA

Trump’s slash and burn:  John Platt writes, “Under cover of tear gas, the Trump administration last week intensified its ongoing demolition of the country’s bedrock environmental protections — a series of calculated moves made while the nation remained gripped by the twin viruses of COVID-19 and institutional racism.  It started on Thursday, June 4, when President Trump used the pandemic as an “emergency” excuse to issue an executive order allowing federal agencies to set aside key protections in the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act in order to speed up the construction of oil and gas pipelines, highways and other projects. ... ”  Read more from the Revelator here: Trump’s slash and burn

Featured imageArtist’s conception of Oroville Dam, November 4, 1962.  Courtesy Water Center Resources Archives.

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