Tom Cannon writes, “The Delta is still here, albeit not what it used to be. Yes, the Delta smelt are gone, the striped bass are at historic lows, and largemouth bass and bluegill abound. Plankton densities are way down and their species-composition is highly altered. Waters are warmer and saltier, and less turbid in dry-year summers. Invasive aquatic plants are taking over. Tidal flows now dominate over river inflows and Delta outflows. Winter flushes still occur in odd years, but droughts predominate. Climate change, heavy water use, and pollution have taken a toll. But the Delta is still home to a vast array of native fish and other aquatic organisms, and remains a seasonal critical rearing and migrating habitat of endangered salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, lamprey, and smelt. So what does the future have in store for the Delta, and how can we influence the outcome, especially for the aquatic ecosystem and its fish community? … ” Continue reading at the California Fisheries blog here: The Delta – Where do we go from here?
Revised Delta Levees Investment Strategy approved over objections by Delta stakeholders
Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “At the August 2021 meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council voted to approve a revised Delta Levees Investment Strategy and to move to formal rulemaking, with Councilmember Don Nottoli voting against the proposal. Many Delta stakeholders objected to the revised Delta Levees Investment Strategy, including Dante Nomellini, Sr. from the Central Delta Water Agency, Melinda Terry from the Central Valley Flood Association, James Crowder from Local Agencies of the North Delta, Gil Cosio from MBK Engineers. Deirdre Des Jardins from California Water Research also objected. … ” Read more from the California Water Research blog here: Revised Delta Levees Investment Strategy approved over objections by Delta stakeholders
A Water Prop Proposed
Don Wright with Water Wrights writes, “California’s ballot initiative had its 110th anniversary on October 10th, 2021. Dr. John Haynes moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia in 1887 and started a successful medical practice. He invested in real estate and made millions back when that was a lot of money. Haynes helped found the Direct Legislation League. According to Ballotpedia and other sources – the Southern Pacific Railroad had a hold on Sacramento – a special interest if you will although I don’t think it was called High Speed Rail in those days. Bribery and corruption was rampant. Haynes helped found the Lincoln-Roosevelt League of Republican Clubs, an organization that helped prepare candidates for office. This effort paid off in 1910 when the primary election of party candidates was begun. Hiram Johnson won the governor’s office and on October 10, 1911, a special election was held. The results was the introduction of initiatives, referendums and the recall. There’s another ballot initiative in the works pertaining to water. ... ” Continue reading from Water Wrights here: A Water Prop Proposed
Imagine a day without water
Angela Guyadeen writes, “On a day usually marked by solemn consideration of urgent water issues and calls to action, there is one big reason to be hopeful – we are getting closer to winning a longstanding critical water battle. For the 7th annual Imagine a Day Without Water, we are highlighting NRDC and our partners’ longstanding fight for equitable access to clean, lead-free drinking water and the hurdles we still have to clear before this issue and all lead service lines are officially uprooted. … ” Continue reading at the NRDC here: Imagine a day without water
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