BLOG ROUND-UP: The Delta tunnels EIR; Winnemem Wintu partners with Go Fund Me for salmon project; PPIC weighs in on conservation policy debate; CA’s shameful lack of conservation innovation; Lost to the sea; and more blog commentary …

More confusion than clarity in tunnels EIR:  Alex Brietler writes, “The final version of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan is better than earlier drafts but still contains “key flaws,” independent scientists say, including an environmental impact report that is so chock full of facts that it doesn’t tell a clear story.  The latest draft critique marks the Independent Science […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Dams be damned: California rebuilds the salmon habitat it destroyed; Lawsuit over Oroville Dam records; Acre-feet lesson; SoCal emails; Eviscerating state & federal enviro laws; and more …

Dams be damned: California rebuilds the salmon habitat it destroyed:  “Wander out the back door of the tasting room at Truett Hurst Winery in Sonoma County, California, and follow the dirt path to the red Adirondack chairs next to Dry Creek. Look just downstream to the side channel that splits off the main waterway. You will see sets of interwoven […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: The hidden opportunity for water storage in California; How unhealthy forests affect water supply; Shining a light on agriculture’s importance – and ingenuity; Managing water under California’s broken water system; and more …

The hidden opportunity for water storage in California:  Maurice Hall writes, “California’s historic winter ended the drought in many parts of the state and piled up record levels of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With so much precipitation, surface water infrastructure – our network of dams, reservoirs and levees – has been called into action like never before, and […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Trump’s water solutions, Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan amendments, Water well bill, Increasing salmon runs, River management in the Anthropocene, Whiter WOTUS, and more …

Trump provides California water solutions as Governor Brown focuses on his legacy:  Aubrey Bettencourt writes, “On May 13, 2017, Governor Brown outlined his revised budget proposal focusing the state’s financial resources on his High Speed Rail legacy project and renewing its efforts to fight the Trump Administration on multiple fronts. While he may have dropped the mic with an antagonistic […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Groundwater overdraft is a fixable problem; The myth of water wasted to sea; Better information can help the environment; Relationships and incentives the secret ingredients for better resource management; and more …

Groundwater overdraft is a fixable problem:  The California Farm Water Coalition writes, “Overdraft. It’s the condition in which something is being removed faster than it’s being replaced. At a bank it’s when you’re spending more money than what you have in your account. In the water world it’s much the same thing. You’re taking more water, usually out of the […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on Oroville Dam, Delta fish salvage, Water law and drought, Stockton and sea level rise, and more …

California would be an unrecognizable ‘parallel universe’ without Oroville Dam:  Todd Fitchette writes, “A Sacramento Bee article questions the “lethal arrogance” of late Gov. Pat Brown when pushing to build Oroville Dam in the 1960s.  The lens of hindsight might be clearer, but it’s only such because we see things through the history that predecessors did not have, nor could […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Facing extinction II: Making hard decisions; Bringing big and small farms together to manage water; Peter Gleick on science and politics; Conservation relies on profitability; and more …

Facing extinction II: Making hard decisions: Jason Baumsteiger and Peter Moyle write, “In part I of our blog, we projected a bleak future for many freshwater fishes, especially in California. Some difficult decisions will need to be made to prevent extinctions or to verify them.  However these decisions will rely on answers to one sweeping question: When is a species, […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: State’s survey of other tunnel projects scrutinized; Westlands on NRDC’s Facts; Without farm water, CDFA’s ag vision is meaningless; Moyle and Baumsteiger on facing extinction; and more blog commentary …

State’s survey of other tunnel projects scrutinized:  Alex Breitler writes, “As the Delta tunnels hearings resumed in Sacramento this week, an engineering expert for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California testified that many other large tunnels have been drilled “without incurring risk or injury to project stakeholders.”  As the Delta tunnels hearings resumed in Sacramento this week, an engineering […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers weigh in on Delta tunnels and science; Flawed California water economics; outdated water rights; drought emergency ends; late fall-run Chinook status; in other words water; and more …

Independent science review panel finds problems with Delta tunnels biological opinion:  Restore the Delta writes, “An analysis by an Independent Review Panel has been made public by the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC).  The panel was convened by the DSC Science Program to provide the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and California Department of Fish and […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Wetlands at risk from federal rule change; 100% Wrong!; Discussion on Delta smelt; Extreme precipitation and water storage in California; Accounting for water in the San Joaquin Valley; and more …

Wetlands at risk from federal rule change:  “The federal government’s Clean Water Act includes dozens of regulations to reduce water pollution. But it doesn’t include a clear definition of what types of water systems it covers. The Trump administration recently ordered federal agencies to begin the formal process to repeal an Obama-era rule—called the Waters of the United States rule. […]

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