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BLOG ROUND-UP: Ask an enviro with Ann Hayden; Real estate acquisition for Delta tunnel; Deadbeat dams; Artisanal fishermen of Monterey Bay; and more …

Ask An Enviro with Ann Hayden:  “ is launching this new series, “Ask an Enviro,” to help break down silos, open communication and build a stronger bridge between environmentalists and farmers in our community. I’m Ann Hayden, senior director, western water and resilient landscapes, at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF is an international nonprofit that has spent decades building inclusive environmental coalitions alongside farmers, ranchers, corporate leaders and other unexpected allies — teaming up on projects where we can make the greatest impact. EDF has been working on environmental issues in California since the 1980s and was founded in New York in 1967. I’ve been a member of EDF’s western water team for over 17 years and met Don Wright at a landowner workshop held by the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District. ... ”  Read more at Water Wrights here: Ask An Enviro with Ann Hayden

Delta tunnel: DWR signs agreement allowing real estate acquisition at 60% design:  Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “The Department of Water Resources has executed a 2nd amendment to the Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) with the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA.)  The 2nd Amendment would allow the DCA to start acquiring property and easements for the Delta tunnel project at 60% engineering design for any part of the project.  It is unclear when the DCA is planning to be at 60% design, and whether land will be acquired for the Delta tunnel project before the Final Environmental Impact Report and Notice of Determination under CEQA. ... ”  Read more from the California Water Research blog here: Delta tunnel: DWR signs agreement allowing real estate acquisition at 60% design

Retaining diverse environment and water scholars through community:  Faith Kearns writes, “By any measure, Aradhna Tripati is a brilliant scientist. She began college full-time at the age of 12, has been on the faculty at UCLA since 2009, and received tenure in 2014. Her lab focuses on the role of the carbon cycle in a changing climate and climate change impacts, and she and the group have published prolifically.  In the last several years, she has turned her attention to creating more opportunities for students like her – those that faced similar barriers. Tripati’s upbringing is indeed one unusual for her field. She says, “My parents are from Fiji with Indian ancestry. They immigrated and dealt with racism, incarceration, and homelessness in the US. The scope of these issues for students like me – women and minorities, and including people of various gender identities and sexual orientations – has drawn me toward fostering success for other people from diverse paths that have faced various forms of oppression.” … ”  Read more from The Confluence here:  Retaining diverse environment and water scholars through community

What’s the dam problem with deadbeat dams?  “Damming rivers was once a staple of public works and a signal of technological and scientific progress. Even today, dams underpin much of California’s public safety and economy, while having greatly disrupted native ecosystems (Quiñones et al. 2015, Moyle et al. 2017), displaced native peoples (Garrett 2010), and deprived residents of water access when streamflow is transported across basins. California’s dams are aging and many will require expensive reconstruction or rehabilitation. Many dams were built for landscapes, climates and economic purposes that no longer exist. California’s current dams reflect an accumulation of decisions over the past 170 years based on environmental, political, and socio-economic dynamics that have changed, sometimes radically. Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt remarked, “Dams are not America’s answer to the pyramids of Egypt… Dams do, in fact, outlive their function. When they do, some should go.” ... ”  Continue reading at the California Water Blog here:  What’s the dam problem with deadbeat dams?

The water year in the Sacramento Valley: Northern California water resources managers are prepared:  The Northern California Water Asssociation blog writes, “As we move into summer, the water year is shaping up in the Sacramento Valley. Although we are in a dry year as shown below, there is generally good surface water storage in reservoirs (see CDEC) and the region’s groundwater aquifers are generally in balance.  We are continually reminded that there is variability inherent in California’s precipitation and weather patterns, which has been particularly vivid this year, and our water system has been built to address this variability and the maldistribution of water in California. We are also reminded that there is tremendous value in having stored water, both in reservoirs and aquifers, for both flood protection earlier in the year and for water supply management for all beneficial uses in these types of years. … ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here: The water year in the Sacramento Valley: Northern California water resources managers are prepared

Underutilized and underrated: the artisanal fishermen of Monterey Bay: Madisyn Pyorre writes, “I come from a small coastal town in northern California, where someone in every family usually is a commercial fisher, or knows somebody who is. I was introduced to ocean sport fishing at a young age by my grandfather, and later had the opportunity to work in Alaska on a family friend’s commercial fishing boat. As someone who has enjoyed both catching and eating seafood for my entire life, I pondered the source of my store-bought fish, and I wondered if the seafood prepared for me at local restaurants was really as ‘sustainable’ as it was marketed to be.  My name is Madisyn Pyorre. Currently, I am completing a science communication internship at FISHBIO while I finish up my Environmental Studies B.A. at UC Santa Cruz. … ”  Continue reading at FishBio here: Underutilized and underrated: the artisanal fishermen of Monterey Bay

CSPA defends cold water for North Fork Feather River trout:  Chris Shutes writes, “CSPA and American Whitewater (AW) have defended proposed measures to keep summer water temperatures in the North Fork Feather River cold enough for trout.  The defense came in comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in opposition to a petition by PG&E to waive water quality certification for PG&E’s Upper North Fork Feather Project (Project 2105).  Relicensing of Project 2105 wrapped up fifteen years ago with a partial settlement agreement. The Project 2105 Settlement left water temperature unresolved. FERC left any water temperature improvements to the State Water Board and its water quality certification for the relicensing (certification under the Clean Water Act that the new license would comply with water quality law). … ”  Continue reading at the CSPA here: CSPA defends cold water for North Fork Feather River trout

Arizona leaders must finish what was started on groundwater 40 years ago:  Christoper Kudzas writes, “Forty years ago, then Democratic Gov. Bruce Babbitt signed Arizona’s landmark Groundwater Management Act, which created a system to manage groundwater in five regions of the state where overpumping was most severe and aquifer levels were declining rapidly.  “I called the leaders of the water establishment together on the day after Thanksgiving in 1979,” Babbitt recalled in an oral history. “I personally sat them down and met with them once or twice a week for nine months and just kind of shut the door and said, ‘We’re going to reform our way out of this problem, and we’re going to draft a meaningful water management system for the state of Arizona.’” ... ”  Read more from the Growing Returns blog here: Arizona leaders must finish what was started on groundwater 40 years ago

Radio show: Federal regulations fall short in cleaning up abandoned mines:  “Abandoned mines pose a major risk to our communities, impairing water quality in 40 percent of headwater streams in western states. The exact number of abandoned mines that pockmark the West is unknown and federal regulators have been unable to keep up with the necessary remediation. In order to address the issue in the most cost-effective and timely way, better incentives are needed. PERC research fellow Jonathan Wood sits down with John Batchelor of The John Batchelor Show to discuss the issue and suggest policy recommendations that could encourage Good Samaritans to help solve the problem.”  Listen to the radio show from PERC here: Federal regulations fall short in cleaning up abandoned mines

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