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BLOG ROUND-UP: San Joaquin Valley Blueprint: No one can be left behind; Salmon surviving the Delta; What the Biden victory means for our rivers and clean water; and more …

San Joaquin Valley Blueprint: No one can be left behind!

Laura Ramos writes, ““No one can be left behind!” These were the words of Fresno State President Castro who hosted a roundtable on water in March of 2019. To this event, he invited urban, agriculture, disadvantaged communities, and environmental NGOs. President opened the event with the comment, “As we all recognize, the status quo for water resource management in the San Joaquin Valley is not sustainable, and we must work together to identify and implement lasting, sustainable solutions that benefit all stakeholder groups. No one can be left behind.”  It is that spirit of collaboration that draws Fresno State’s California Water Institute (CWI) to the Blueprint – an outreach and engagement effort to bring folks together to talk about moving forward collectively with a new paradigm for water management – everyone working together – urban, agriculture, environment, and disadvantaged communities – no one can be left behind. … ”  Read more from the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint here: San Joaquin Valley Blueprint: No one can be left behind!

Salmon surviving the Delta

Don Wright writes, “A few years ago I was sitting in the boardroom at the Lower Tule River/Pixley IDs’ headquarters in Tipton attending a South Valley Water Association meeting. There was a presentation given by Doug Demko of Fishbio on salmon in the San Joaquin/Sacramento Delta. Demko was saying things I’d never heard before about salmon survival rates and the role predation plays. The difference between Demko’s presentation and the usual Delta update was as great as the difference between Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. While I often agree with Hannity’s assessment of a given situation – say, the irony that a group purporting to fight fascism is the closest thing to Brownshirts running rampant on Kristallnacht we’ve seen in this country – I don’t learn much from him. Limbaugh on the other hand gives a little background and I at least learn a little about his reasoning on the subject. (If Limbaugh and Hannity make you uncomfortable in this time of brittle political sensibilities feel free to substitute Maher and Maddow.) What I’m getting at is we all know there are problems with salmon in the Delta but Demko gave some reasoning on the subject and didn’t just complain about it. … ”  Continue reading at Water Wrights here:  Salmon surviving the Delta

Klamath’s Shasta and Scott Rivers – Update Fall 2020

Tom Cannon writes, “In this post, I update fall-run Chinook spawning escapement through 2019, with some insight into the 2020 runs. I also provide data on the runs in the Salmon River, the Scott and Shasta’s sister Klamath tributary. The 2019 salmon runs should have benefitted from water-abundant 2017, but may have been handicapped by poor numbers of returning spawners in 2016.  The runs of fall-run Chinook in all three of these major Klamath River tributaries improved in 2019 compared to the runs in 2016 that were severely affected by drought and fire.  However, runs in all three rivers in 2019 fell short of the 2017 and 2018 runs. … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here:  Klamath’s Shasta and Scott Rivers – Update Fall 2020

May-September Delta Water Temperature Standard Needed

Tom Cannon writes, “In a 9/22/20 post, I suggested summer Delta outflow standards. In this post I suggest a spring-summer water temperature standard for the Delta as further protection for salmon and smelt. Water temperatures above 23oC (73oF) are harmful to salmon and smelt, which live and migrate through the north and west Delta throughout the summer. Much of the Delta smelt population that remains is located in these regions especially in dry years.1 Spring-run and winter-run salmon migrate upstream through the area in late spring. Fall-run salmon migrate upriver through the summer. … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here:  May-September Delta Water Temperature Standard Needed

What the Biden victory means for our rivers and clean water

William Robert Irvin writes, “One of my favorite quotes is from Leonardo da Vinci, “In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” Elections are like rivers, framed by what has happened in the past and full of possibility for the future. This year’s election is no exception.  Now that it appears that Joe Biden is our President-elect, American Rivers is ready to work with President Biden, Vice President Harris, and their administration to repair the substantial damage to rivers and clean water done by the Trump administration over the past four years and, going forward, make real progress in protecting and restoring rivers and conserving clean water. … ”  Read more from American Rivers here:  What the Biden victory means for our rivers and clean water

Tensions around a wastewater reclamation collaboration in Southern California

John Fleck writes, “There’s some fascinating tension around a proposed wastewater reclamation collaboration in Southern California.  The project, if it goes forward, would provide some 150 million gallons per day (~170,000 acre feet per year) of treated effluent. Water now being discharged into the ocean would instead be available for aquifer recharge within Southern California.  There are a number of technical and environmental questions, most notably the project’s cost effectiveness, to be analyzed before the so-called “Regional Recycled Water Program” goes forward. But there’s a really interesting set of institutional threshold questions to be resolved as well, which are lurking in agenda items at this week’s Metropolitan Water District of Southern California board meeting. … ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here:  Tensions around a wastewater reclamation collaboration in Southern California

The Water Resources Council and President Trump’s Water Subcabinet: Déjà vu all over again?

Michael Campana writes, “On 13 October 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order titled: Executive Order on Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure.  … I was surprised as I did not know that Mr. Trump was that taken with water. The Water Subcabinet strikes me as a good idea and might encourage collaboration among Federal departments and agencies. In fact, an organization already exists to do that: the Water Resources Council. It was created in 1965 but was totally defunded in 1983 during the Reagan years, although it still exists on paper. … ”  Read more from the Water Wired blog here: The Water Resources Council and President Trump’s Water Subcabinet: Déjà vu all over again?

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