BLOG ROUND-UP: Governor’s budget: A view from the Delta; On science and intellectual humility in resource management; The merry-go-round of denial must stop; and more …

Governor’s 2022-23 Budget Proposal: A View from the Bay-Delta

This week Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2022-23. After two years of “unimaginable challenges” the governor states that, “This budget is a new opportunity for us to address the greatest challenges facing our state – for the year ahead and future generations. We must meet the moment once again.”  Indeed.  Restore the Delta looked through the Governor’s proposed budget for reasons to be hopeful.  Here is our takeaway. ... ”  Read more from Restore the Delta here: Governor’s 2022-23 Budget Proposal: A View from the Bay-Delta

On science and intellectual humility in resource management

Paul S. Weiland writes, “For the past three decades, the federal and California governments and diverse stakeholders have looked to scientists to explain the causes of the long-term population declines in fish species native to California’s Bay-Delta in an effort chart a course to conserve those species. Water agencies across the State have invested billions of dollars in data collection and scientific research with the hope of finding clear answers to vexing problems stemming from more than a century of large-scale environmental change to the Pacific Coast’s most expansive estuary. Armed with a sense of urgency, regulatory agencies have felt the compulsion to act. “Clean narratives” sometimes supplied by scientists, but more often created by the regulatory agencies themselves, have provided justifications for such actions. Here, after describing the factors that contribute to a common push for clean narratives, I make the case for scientific honesty and intellectual humility, pointing to recommendations for integration of full disclosure and intellectual humility into the process of reporting on and publishing empirical research. … ”  Read more from the Delta Currents blog here: On science and intellectual humility in resource management

The merry-go-round of denial must stop – transfer of public trust water to agriculture is on repeat

Cindy Charles writes, “The California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and allies AquAlliance and California Water Impact Network (CWIN), filed an objection on January 7, 2022  to yet another petition to weaken flow and salinity standards that protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The objection urges California’s State Water Board to reject the Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP) submitted by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Resources (DWR) for the time period from February 1 to April 30, 2022.  This is the second year in a row Reclamation and DWR are seeking a pass from responsibly and lawfully managing their operations.  Stopping these waivers of environmental protections is critical to avoiding a repeat of 2021’s catastrophic fish kills and to protecting water quality for all citizens of California. … ”  Read more from the CSPA here: The merry-go-round of denial must stop – transfer of public trust water to agriculture is on repeat

CSPA and Allies Support Increased Tuolumne River Flows – Again

Chris Shutes writes, “CSPA and ten allied conservation groups filed comments on January 7, 2022 in overall support of the Water Quality Certification (WQC) for the relicensing of the Don Pedro and La Grange hydroelectric projects on the Tuolumne River.  The State Water Resources Control Board (Board) issued the WQC in January 2021.  As it stands today, the WQC would require substantially increased flows in the lower 52 miles of the Tuolumne River.  Ongoing litigation by CSPA and others could increase Tuolumne River flows even further. … ”  Read more from the CSPA here: CSPA and Allies Support Increased Tuolumne River Flows – Again

Wildfires, CEQA, Climate Change & the Courts

Richard Frank writes, “Environmental and conservation groups have for a number of years attempted to convince California courts of the need to integrate climate change considerations into environmental analyses prepared under the state’s most important environmental law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). However, the California judiciary has demonstrated little appetite for doing so. Until now.  Recently, courts at either end of the state issued remarkably similar rulings invalidating environmental impact reports two California counties prepared under CEQA in connection with large development projects. As a result, those projects are currently on hold.  Both of these cases were filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). Both drew the attention of the California Attorney General’s Office, which intervened in both lawsuits, aligning itself with CBD to argue successfully that the CEQA analyses for both projects were legally inadequate. … ”  Read more from Legal Planet here: Wildfires, CEQA, Climate Change & the Courts


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