Daily Digest: News, commentary and precipitation watch for November 7, 2013

In the news today … Fall Midwater Trawl shows declining Delta fish populations: Bay Nature takes a look at the study that shows populations of Delta fish such as Delta smelt, striped bass and threadfin shad are at a fraction of their historical abundance, with striped bass being counted at the second lowest figure since the trawls began in 1967.  […]

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Daily Digest: News, commentary and precipitation watch for November 6, 2013

In the news today … Striped bass populations plummeting:  ” … Numbers of striped bass, often called stripers, have plummeted — possibly to all-time lows since the species naturalized on the West Coast more than 120 years ago. Scientists say the existing population may be as small as 5 percent of historic highs, and even diehard fishermen have given up […]

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Daily Digest: News, webcasts and precipitation watch for November 5, 2013

On webcast today … The State Water Board will be discussing their priorities and strategies today, beginning at 9AM.  Click here for the webcast. In the news today … Delta advocates say, be prepared for a years-long battle against the tunnel:  Yesterday’s event was a call to rally the troops:  “One emphasis at Monday’s event, held at University of the […]

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Daily Digest, Weekend Edition: News and commentary for November 2 – 3

In the news today … San Joaquin River Restoration project hit by setbacks:  The deadline looms in January for the river to be carrying enough water to support salmon runs, however all is not well:  ”  …  the highly ambitious river restoration has been plagued by unforeseen problems resulting in delays and increased costs. Land has subsided so much in […]

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Daily Digest: Water news for November 1, 2013

In the news today … Governor releases his 5-year  water plan:  The plan focuses on water conservation, habitat restoration, flood protection, and drinking water.  ” … “We’ve been dealing with many of these issues for many many years,” says Matt Rodriquez, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.  “What’s added here is a sense of urgency because we see there are going […]

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Daily Digest: News for October 30, 2013

In the news today … Stanislaus County approves groundwater ordinance:  As a follow-up to yesterday’s note about the new ordinance: ” … The ordinance approved Tuesday does not specifically address overdrafting in eastern Stanislaus County, which is believed to be caused by irrigation pumping on former pasture land that’s been converted to nut orchards and vineyards.  Scheduled to go into […]

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Daily Digest: Selected water news for October 29, 2013

In the news today … Contaminants found in San Francisco Bay:  Pesticides, flame retardants and other chemicals have been found in San Francisco Bay at levels that could pose hazards to aquatic life if nothing is done, says new report:  ” … For now, none of the chemicals is present in concentrations alarming enough to be of “high concern,” meaning […]

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Daily Digest: News, weather and events for October 28, 2013

Today in the weather … From the National Weather Service:  “A low pressure system dropping south from Canada will bring much cooler temperatures (15 to 30 degrees cooler than this weekend), along with showers in the mountains tonight through Tuesday and a chance of showers and perhaps even an isolated thunderstorm in the Central Valley Monday. Snow accumulations of 4-8″ […]

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