BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers weigh in on Delta tunnels and science; Flawed California water economics; outdated water rights; drought emergency ends; late fall-run Chinook status; in other words water; and more …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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BLOG ROUND-UP: More on Delta tunnels impacts and economics, Delta smelt take limits, CVP allocation, ag water conservation, nitrate troubles, and more …

More on Delta tunnels impacts:  Alex Breitler writes, “Wildlife agencies are still writing the permits that would be required to build Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels, but bits and pieces of the draft documents have been posted online, along with a report from a independent peer-review panel of scientists.  While the scientists’ job wasn’t to directly weigh the merits of […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on the snow survey, Delta tunnels polling, DWR dams and spillway repairs, San Joaquin River restoration, flood improvements, and more …

Survey shows abundant snow but will it stick?  Juliet Christian Smith writes, “Today’s snow survey confirms abundant snow in the Sierra Nevada, an extreme turn from five years of drought. With climate change contributing to warmer winters in the Sierra Nevada, that snow may not stay put for long – an early snowmelt will cause flooding and require reservoirs to […]

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BLOG ROUND UP, April 1 edition: Down the DRAIN: California gets a jump on the Delta tunnels; Trump Federalizes Lake Tahoe, Unveils TRUMPP: Tahoe Regional Underground Mountain Pipeline Project

Down the DRAIN: California gets a jump on the Delta tunnels By Nan W. and Dunlay J. Frobish California took a step towards replumbing its archaic Delta water infrastructure by completing the first part of a contentious project. An intake for the first Delta tunnel was completed this fall, and with the return of wet weather, began transporting flows that […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Pumping out the inland sea – Delta exports in a time of plenty; Even in flood, smelt captured at the Delta pumps; Banking on groundwater; Climate science and water decisions; and more …

Pumping out the inland sea – Delta exports in a time of plenty:  Jay Lund writes, “This is northern California’s wettest year of record, so far.  The Yolo Bypass has been flooded for most of this wet season, and is still flowing.  Are Delta water exports going to exceed the previous record exports from 2011 (6.5 maf)?  The figure above […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers on the National Geographic film, post-drought groundwater, State Water Board flow mandates, Delta Tunnels, San Luis Dam, Sites Reservoir, and more …

National Geography documentary distorts California’s water history:  Tim Quinn writes, “There is no easy narrative when it comes to California water, but the producers of National Geographic’s newly released documentary on our state’s water system seem to think there is. The filmmakers relied on a Hollywood trope to tell the complicated story of California’s water history and water rights. Any […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Are pumps killing fish or ammonia from water treatment plants?, Evading dam nation, headwaters, Trump and the EPA, and more …

Are pumps killing fish or ammonia from water treatment plants?  Todd Fitchette writes, “Earlier this month a major California newspaper reported that the City of Modesto discharged an estimated 29 million gallons of “partially treated wastewater” per day into the San Joaquin River after city workers feared treatment pond levees would soon fail.  A group called “Families Protecting the Valley,” […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Will Westside farmers receive full allocation? Can Oroville spark new dam building? Trump’s budget cuts: Even worse than you think; and more …

Will Westside farmers receive full allocation?  Todd Fitchette writes, “The announcement many California farmers were waiting for came the last day of February. Though good news, not all are cheering.  In short, many California water districts reliant on federal Central Valley Project (CVP) water can expect a full allocation. This has not happened in over a decade. Still, some farmers […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Fixing dams with bond money; Out of touch federal bureaucrats actively obstructing emergency fixes at Oroville; The high cost of fixing levees; and more …

Fixing dams with bond money:  Families Protecting the Valley writes, “”Pending approval from the Legislature, an additional $387 million will be appropriated from funds generated by Proposition 1 — a water bond passed in 2014.” – San Francisco Chronicle.  We revealed environmental thinking in our ‘Crisis Theory‘ newsletter on February 18 where Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and […]

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