BLOG ROUND-UP: Flows wasted to sea to protect Delta smelt; Delta tunnel design disputed; Court ruling on water challenges Central Valley water districts; and more …

Only 1% of Central Valley flows “wasted to the sea” to protect Delta smelt

Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “On the Sean Hannity show this week, Donald Trump told the audience, “California is gonna have to ration water. You wanna know why? Because they send millions of gallons of water out to sea, out to the Pacific … because they want to take care of certain little tiny fish, that aren’t doing very well without water, they have farms here and they don’t get water. It is so ridiculous they’re taking the water and shoving it out to sea.  But according to a 2020 fact sheet from The Bay Institute, the truth is that the 2010-2019 endangered species protections had relatively little water supply impact, much less than routine actions to protect water quality and maintain pumping infrastructure.  And the Trump administration gutted the ESA protections in December 2019. … ”  Read more from the California Water Research Blog here:  Only 1% of Central Valley flows “wasted to the sea” to protect Delta smelt

Stakeholder Engagement Committee members call for reconsideration of Delta tunnel design

The Delta Legacy Communities write, “The Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority (DCA) has completed the draft facility maps and engineering reports for the Central and Easter Corridor Options for the Delta tunnel. The mapbook for the proposed facility sites is available here.  Since January of 2020, the DCA has been working closely with the Stakeholder Engagement Committee (SEC) to review and provide input on the proposed design. At the July meeting of the Stakeholder Engagement Committee, the Department of Water Resource’s Environmental Program Manager, Carrie Buckman, said that the SEC had been “considering ways to move facilities and optimize to avoid impacts on communities to the extent possible.”  Angelica Whaley, the North Delta Business representative on the Stakeholder Engagement Committee, wrote to the DCA on September 23 and asked that the DCA and DWR take the time to address impacts of the project on Delta businesses and Delta communities. … ”  Read more from the Delta Legacy Communities here:  Stakeholder Engagement Committee members call for reconsideration of Delta tunnel design

Court ruling on water challenges Valley water districts

Ronda Lucas writes, “Water in California has always presented unique challenges. Along with these challenges come opportunities for those with enough leadership, vision, courage and determination to conquer them. Our forefathers recognized this reality and helped create a fertile paradise, the world’s bread basket, when they rose to the challenge of harnessing and managing water in a way that protected the environment and developed irrigated agriculture in California’s Great Valley. Today, our water leaders have much the same opportunity to increase and build upon our forefathers’ visionary leadership and expand our water resources for the good of the entire region while enhancing the environment, protecting groundwater, and increasing storage. … ”  Read more from Valley Citizen here:  Court ruling on water challenges valley water districts

Serving multiple benefits along the Sacramento River: A look at fall operations

Roger Cornwell writes, “As we have transitioned from summer to fall in the Sacramento Valley, we are finishing the agronomic season and there is now a focus on fall and winter operations on the Sacramento River. Water resources managers and fish and wildlife agencies continue to work together in the Sacramento River watershed to serve water for multiple benefits, including two salmon runs and the essential time for birds (and other species) migrating along the Pacific Flyway.  More specifically, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is carrying out its Central Valley Project (CVP) operations in collaboration with fish and wildlife agencies through the Upper Sacramento Scheduling Team and the Sacramento River Temperature Task Group to most effectively manage water for all these important purposes. … ”  Read more from the NorCal Water Blog here:  Serving multiple benefits along the Sacramento River: A look at fall operations

Rockin’ with the Rockfish

Andrew L. Rypel and Peter B. Moyle write, “California is a spoil of natural resource riches. Most times, our California waterblog busies itself with important freshwater resources issues. Yet every now and again, it is refreshing and worth turning our attention to the spectacular diversity and mysteries of our Pacific Ocean. But freshwater is important to the ocean too. For one, there are 1,350 km of California coastline, with 100s of streams and rivers dumping nutrients and sediment into the ocean. During geologic times when sea levels were much lower, big rivers helped carve out the rugged underwater topography that is so important for our native marine sea life, including rockfish. And some of California’s most cherished freshwater fishes, such as salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and smelt, divide their time between ocean and river. Some of these adults and subadults will even predate and rely on juvenile rockfishes. Thus, rockfish are a central aspect of the legendary “ocean conditions” so often cited as controlling salmon numbers. Here, we’d like to simply call attention to a fascinating group of marine fishes that have strong interactions with salmon and similar fishes: the abundant, diverse, and beautiful Californians – the rockfishes. … ”  Read more from the California Water Blog here: Rockin’ with the Rockfish

Peter Gleick’s National Water Plan for California

Wayne Lusvardi writes, “California’s water policy is overwhelmingly a local matter.  But if you read the mainstream media you might think that it was mostly a state or federal issue. For example, consider that two thirds of all spending on water projects in California in a typical year are funded by local water agencies.  Nonetheless, water expert Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute is calling for a nationalized water policy for Democrat Party candidate Joe Biden if elected the next president.  There are four planks in Gleick’s political platform for nationalized water funding … ”  Read more from the California Globe here:  Peter Gleick’s National Water Plan for California

Happy New Water Year, where’d all that Colorado River water go?

John Fleck writes, “Shrouded in pandemic fog, I’m only now getting to my sorta annual “Happy New Water Year!” post, where I traditionally look on in alarm at dropping Colorado River Basin reservoir levels and make fun of the Lower Basin for using too much water.  The alarm remains – after a crappy runoff, combined storage in the two big reservoirs behind Lake Powell and Lake Mead is down 1.7 million acre feet from a year ago. For the ~40 million people depending on the Colorado, this is cause for concern. But the water use trends continue to bend in a way that has taken some of the steam out of my old jokes about users wasting all their bonus water on “hookers and blow”. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here: Happy New Water Year, where’d all that Colorado River water go?


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