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BLOG ROUND-UP: Is high Delta outflow in the autumn necessary for Delta smelt?, Consideration of climate change in the Delta tunnel project, Top 10 biggest environmental wins in California’s history

Is high Delta outflow in the autumn necessary for the conservation of delta smelt? Data and analyses say no, the IEP’s spin doctors say yes

Paul S. Weiland writes, “Recently, the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP) — an interagency consortium charged “to provide and integrate relevant and timely ecological information for management of the Bay-Delta” — released a report presenting data and studies regarding a major conservation action for delta smelt, referred to as the Fall X2 Action. The Fall X2 Action purports to benefit the delta smelt during the autumn by increasing outflow through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta during that period in years where there is above normal precipitation in the preceding winter and spring.  Increasing outflow through the Delta moves the position of the tidally influenced low-salinity zone westward. The federal and state wildlife agencies contend that this action increases the extent and quality of habitat for delta smelt.  … The bottom-line finding of the report is that data that were collected and studies undertaken did not identify any evidence that increasing outflow through the Delta in 2017 contributed to the conservation of delta smelt.  This finding is particularly notable because the cost of implementing the Fall X2 Action in just 2017 alone exceeded $100 million. … ”  Read more from Delta Currents here:  Is high Delta outflow in the autumn necessary for the conservation of delta smelt?

Consideration of climate change in the Delta tunnel project

Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “The Department of Water Resources will be holding a webinar on consideration of climate shifts in the Delta tunnel project on August 25, 2021. The following discussion is from my testimony in 2016 for the WaterFix Water Right Change Petition hearing. It explains some key problems with the consideration of shifts in hydrology in the analysis for the twin tunnels project. The question is whether the Department of Water Resources will address these deficiencies in the single tunnel project.  These were my 2016 recommendations to the Water Board … ”  Continue reading at the California Water Research blog here: Consideration of climate change in the Delta tunnel project

Top 10 biggest environmental wins in California’s history

Ethan Elkind writes, “California is generally known as an environmental leader, but the state has also faced tremendous environmental degradation and destruction. I chronicled my “top 10” worst environmental decisions in the state’s history last year.  But what about the good things state policy makers have done? Here is my list of the most significant environmental wins in California since the state’s founding. To qualify, as with the last Top 10 list, the action had to preserve a uniquely beautiful environmental feature (landscapes and plants). You’ll see that many of these decisions sought to reverse the destruction highlighted in my original negative list. … ”  Read more from Legal Planet here:  Top 10 biggest environmental wins in California’s history

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