DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for the San Francisco Estuary

Otherwise known as the Estuary Blueprint, the plan has 32 actions designed to improve water quality and promote estuarine health The National Estuary Program (NEP) was established to identify, restore, and protect estuaries along the nation’s coasts in through amendments to the Clean Water Act in 1987.  The NEP targets a broad range of issues, focusing on improving water quality […]

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RADIO SHOW: Uncertain Future for $17 Billion Delta Tunnels Project After Water Districts Pull Support

Secretary John Laird and journalist Paul Rogers discuss the project Last week, KQED’s Forum radio show, hosted by Michael Krasny, discussed the California Water Fix project.  Secretary John Laird and Paul Rogers from the San Jose Mercury News were the guests.  Here’s what they had to say. “Governor Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to construct two massive tunnels beneath the […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Water storage infrastructure in the 21st century

The nine members of the California Water Commission have been given a task: to decide how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated for water storage; twelve projects have submitted applications. In order to be better informed prior to making the decision, the Commission has been hearing from panels of experts at its monthly meetings.  In September, […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: Overview of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan

The update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan was adopted by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board in August of 2017.  At the September meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Mike Mierzwa, Chief of the Flood Planning Office for the Department of Water Resources, and John Cain, Director of Conservation for California Flood Management, American Rivers, were on hand […]

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BROWN BAG SEMINAR: Developing Tiered Environmental Flow Criteria Using a Functional Flows Approach for California Streams

Establishing environmental flow targets to protect aquatic communities is a priority for numerous programs in California including in the Delta. In this first of three brown bag seminars focusing on flow targets and ecology, Dr. Yarnell discusses her recent work using a functional-flows approach to develop statewide environmental flow recommendations. The approach allows for the rapid development of flow regimes […]

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DWR groundwater levels report shows mixed results

Although Spring 2017 groundwater levels have mostly recovered from last year, most have not yet recovered to pre-drought conditions Although Water Year 2017 was one of the wettest on record, it’s impact on groundwater levels across the state is varied, according to a report issued by the Department of Water Resources on Friday.  While spring groundwater levels have mostly recovered […]

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SCIENCE JOURNAL: Winter-run Chinook salmon, GHG reductions and economics in the Delta, and landscape-scale restoration highlighted in latest issue of San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science

The latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science is now available online. Research highlighted in this month’s issue: Science Advancements Key to Increasing Management Value of Life Stage Monitoring Networks for Endangered Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook Salmon in California Rachel C. Johnson, Sean Windell, Patricia L. Brandes, J. Louise Conrad, John Ferguson, Pascale A. L. Goertler, Brett […]

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More reliable water supplies for California: Building a diverse regional water supply portfolio

New resource page at Maven’s Notebook highlights the factors impacting California’s water supply and the range of solutions for developing reliable water supplies California has recently emerged from a severe drought, one of the worst droughts in modern times; the drought was essentially ended with the wettest year on record.  For those familiar with California water and the state’s boom […]

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CA WATER COMMISSION: Overview of Central Valley Project Operations

The Bureau of Reclamation is a federal agency within the Department of the Interior who operates water supply projects throughout the western 17 states, the largest of which is the Central Valley Project.  Jeff Rieker is the Operations Manager for the Central Valley Project.  At the September meeting of the California Water Commission, he gave this presentation providing an overview […]

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DR. BRUCE HERBOLD: Delta Flows and the effects of water transfers

Dr. Bruce Herbold is a retired EPA fish biologist and now a consultant on the same issues.  In this presentation from the AquAlliance conference last fall, Dr. Herbold discusses drought, flows in the Delta, and the effects of transfers on the fish in the Delta. Dr. Herbold began by saying that managing water in California is fraught with difficulties, and […]

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