BLOG ROUND-UP: California Water Fix, the Delta smelt, and salmon; MWD’s Cal Water Fix cost assessment; Federal reserved rights for groundwater?; Checks and balances and the Clean Water Act rule; and more …

California Water Fix and the Delta smelt:  Peter Moyle and James Hobbs write, “The delta smelt is on a trajectory towards extinction in the wild. Heading into 2017, the spawning adult population was at an all-time low although this past wet winter has apparently seen a small resurgence. However, increasingly warm summer temperatures in the Delta may dampen any upswing. […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Groundwater management, twin tunnels, California agriculture, small water systems, and more …

Bringing order to groundwater management: Alvar Escriva-Bou and Jelena Jezdimirovic write, “California’s water management is a complex stew with many cooks. At the local level, hundreds of irrigation districts and urban water agencies and a few thousand small drinking water suppliers are responsible for a wide variety of water-related issues. And it just got more complex: as of June 30, […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Litigation trepidation. Alex Breitler has it; Cal Water Fix operations and costs; Fish, flows, and 5937; Sac Valley salmon; and more …

Litigation trepidation. Alex Breitler has it:  Alex Brietler writes, “With Lawsuit-Palooza Episode II expected in theaters on or before Aug. 21, I can’t help but wonder how impossible it’ll be to keep tabs on all of this.  We’re talking Delta tunnels litigation now, and as former San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller used to say, this will be like playing three-dimensional […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Water wasted to sea?; Goldman-Sachs Water Fix estimate; A progressive Central Valley water platform; and more …

Water wasted to sea?  “If we farmed the Central Valley or managed water supplies for San Francisco, San Jose or Los Angeles, we might think that fresh water flowing from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers through the Delta to San Francisco Bay is “wasted” because it ends up in the Pacific Ocean as an unused resource. However, different perspectives […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: How Devin Nunes shortchanges his constituents; Another Lucy!; Are hot rivers in summer the new norm?; What lessons can Butte Creek teach us about improving fisheries; and more …

How Devin Nunes shortchanges his constituents:  On the Public Record writes, “Representative Devin Nunes is a stalwart change denier, calling global warming “nonsense“.  He jokes about the dangers that climate change poses to Californians in a blog post today.  This poses two problems.  One is that he is asking his fellow ideologues to join him in a joke that denies […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Delta tunnels biological opinions, “Spec” groundwater markets, Drought funding and the budget, How difficult would it be for the Trump Administration to replace the Clean Water Rule?, and more …

Restore the Delta critiques shortcomings of Metropolitan’s white paper on Delta tunnels construction:  “Today, environmental nonprofit Restore the Delta released their official response to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s first of three “white papers” regarding the Delta Tunnels proposal.  The first MWD white paper focuses on the physical infrastructure and construction of the tunnels.  Policy Analyst for Restore […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Bloggers comment on the Water Fix; Reform before the next drought; Groundwater extraction oversight; Improving hatchery survival; Climate change; Public drinking fountains; and more …

Water Fix Workshops, Part 1: The project:  Jeffrey Kightlinger writes, “For Metropolitan, this will be a very busy summer. The California WaterFix process is heading to some decisive milestones.  The process to ensure compliance with the federal Endangered Species Act has resulted in two biological opinions that will help guide water operations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The participating water […]

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BLOG ROUND-UP: Can Sacramento Valley reservoirs adapt to flooding with a warmer climate?; What could be the next big thing in infrastructure?; The changing face of water leadership; Secrets of salmon success in the Sac Valley; and more …

Can the Sacramento Valley reservoirs adapt to flooding with a warmer climate?  Jay Lund and Ann Willis write, “Much has been written on potential effects and adaptations for California’s water supply from climate warming, particularly from changes in snowpack accumulation and melting, sea level rise, and possible overall drying or wetting trends.   But what about floods?  In a paper in […]

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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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