BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta legacy communities express their outrage over Delta tunnel; A case for better river flows and delta outflow in June; FERC rapidly issuing waivers on water quality certifications for CA dams; and more …
Delta legacy communities express their outrage: “This is a poignant letter written by the Delta Legacy Communities expressing their outrage that the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) continue to push forward with a Delta conveyance based on the cancelled WaterFix project. They rightfully object that the WaterFix was a project that did not use best available science, or comply with the Delta Plan, according to the Delta Stewardship Council’s draft 2018 findings. Yet DWR’s recent Section 404 permit application to the US Army Corps of Engineers is based in substantial part on the withdrawn WaterFix project specifications. This continuation of the previous project is wholly unacceptable to our communities. … ” Read more from Save the California Delta Alliance here: Delta legacy communities express their outrage
The Delta Tunnel is not a social justice project. On the Public Record writes, “The pro-Delta Tunnel, pro Water Blueprint crowd, the guys supporting plantation agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley, are living in this moment, just as we are. Seeing where the energy is going, they’re trying to use the language of the moment. It has been unfortunate. The SJV Water Blueprint tried to claim they were doing community organizing. Their consultants did a better job with the visual language of Blueprint outreach; now everything has the same triptych of [some heron, children drinking, and a meeting] and I can’t tell it anyone apart any more without reading the text. Over the weekend, CalMatters put this appalling opinion piece on their website, and honestly, CalMatters, do you have no standards for throwing up any old crap that gets submitted to you? … ” Read more from On the Public Record here: The Delta Tunnel is not a social justice project.
Delta tunnel: DWR plans for ESA consultation under Trump administration: Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “On June 18, 2020, the Department of Water Resources submitted an application to the US Army Corps of Engineers for a Section 404 Clean Water Act permit for the Delta tunnel. Getting federal permits for the Delta tunnel is complicated by Attorney General Becerra’s lawsuit over the Bureau of Reclamation’s new Long-Term Operations for the Central Valley Project. Reclamation has reportedly refused to be the lead agency for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Delta tunnel under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA.) Instead, the US Army Corps of Engineers is expected to be the NEPA lead. ... ” Read more from the California Water Research blog here: Delta tunnel: DWR plans for ESA consultation under Trump administration
A case for better river flows and delta outflow in June: Tom Cannon writes, “When the State Water Board gets around to finally updating decades-old Central Valley water quality standards, it should bring back some old spring standards, keep some good ones, and add some new ones to provide essential protection to salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, smelt, and many other native fish populations. One focus should be on improving survival of wild spring-run and fall-run salmon smolts migrating from Central Valley spawning rivers to the Delta, Bay, and ocean. … ” Read more from the California Fisheries blog here: A case for better river flows and delta outflow in June
Here we go again – FERC rapidly issuing waivers on water quality certifications for California dams: Cindy Charles writes, “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to roll out waivers for water quality certifications for dam relicensings in California at an alarming rate. On June 22, CSPA and allies in the Foothills Water Network (Network) filed another Request for Rehearing on an “Order on Waiver of Water Quality Certification”. The order was issued in the relicensing of Yuba County Water Agency’s (YCWA) Yuba River Development Project (Project). The Project occupies waters in the Yuba River watershed. … ” Read more from the CSPA here: Here we go again – FERC rapidly issuing waivers on water quality certifications for California dams
California-Chile Water Nexus 1: Urban Drought Solutions: Amanda Maxwell and Tracy Quinn write, “Experts are predicting another serious drought for California and the western United States this summer, going as far to portend a rare “megadrought.” Diminishing snow cover and an extremely dry winter in the north are stoking fears and leaving policymakers, farmers, businesses and residents looking for urgent solutions. On the other side of the globe, Chile is in the midst of its own 11-year megadrought. With record-low precipitation so far in 2020, all signs point to worsening conditions this year.… ” Read more from the NRDC here: California-Chile Water Nexus 1: Urban Drought Solutions
The scientific basis for managing PFAS as a chemical class: Anna Reade writes, “Today, 16 experts on PFAS (including yours truly) published an article in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, providing a scientific explanation for why a class-based approach to the nearly 8,000 separate but related PFAS chemicals is appropriate and necessary. It includes recommendations for how governments and industry can address PFAS as a class, emphasizing the importance of eliminating the use of PFAS other than those uses deemed essential, and investing in the development of safer alternatives and methods to remove existing PFAS from the environment. ... ” Read more from NRDC here: The scientific basis for managing PFAS as a chemical class
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