Blog round-up: Bloggers on the BDCP, relaxing water quality standards, eliminating the ESA, plus the Mono Lake Committee takes action and the Salton Sea gets a blow … and more

This week’s blog round-up stretches from one end of the state to the other and beyond, but we’ll start as we always do with the BDCP: Delta water is still important, despite Integrated Regional Water Management efforts, says the BDCP Blog:  The BDCP concentrates on just 8% of the state’s water supply, but it’s an important part, especially to Southern […]

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Delta Stewardship Council’s implementation committee takes shape; Council discusses oversight role

With the first Delta Plan now adopted, the Delta Stewardship Council is turning their attention to implementing the comprehensive plan.  Agenda item 10 for the June 27 Delta Stewardship Council meeting is an update on the progress of establishing an implementation committee and a brief discussion on how to select priorities and topics for Council oversight. THE DELTA PLAN INTERAGENCY […]

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The Delta Stewardship Council meeting, part 1: How habitat restoration is done in the Delta

The Delta Stewardship Council has responsibility for overseeing implementation of the Delta Plan, which makes several recommendations with respect to ecosystem restoration including prioritizing and implementing restoration projects, restoring habitat at appropriate elevations, and avoiding introductions or improving habitat for nonnative invasive species.  Additionally, the biological opinions for the state and federal water projects set acreage goals of 8,000 acres […]

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Science news and reports: Models, monitoring Delta levees from the sky, climate change, cool websites, tidal marsh presentations and more!

Happy Fourth of July!  Of course, Maven publishes on holidays … did those of you who have been following me for years expect anything less? 🙂  It’s a spectacular celebratory explosion of science news in today’s edition, so let’s get to it: The River News-Herald covers the Ecological Flows Tool (EFT) Brown Bag Seminar:  “On Monday June 17, this month’s […]

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Chair Anthony Rendon presents “Principles for Developing a Water Bond” to the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife

With the budget passed and the Legislature preparing to turn its attention to restructuring a new water bond, Anthony Rendon, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, presented proposed Principles for Developing a Water Bond to Assembly members and the public at the July 2nd committee hearing. The new principles include setting priorities for water bond financing, […]

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Blog round-up: Bloggers on the BDCP, drought and salmon, new environmentalism, watershed models, brain eating amoeba and more!

No quick or single fix to California’s water problems, says the BDCP blog:  It’s going to take multitudes of diverse projects and cooperation across boundaries and disciplines, they say:  ” … This integrated approach requires first, that we reduce water waste wherever possible.  We must also capture and store water when streams run high; recycle wastewater; strip salts and chemicals […]

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Delta Stewardship Council hears about dry conditions and Shasta’s cold water pool, plus the Delta Watermaster’s latest report

The operators of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project have concerns that the releases of water now from Shasta Dam to maintain water quality standards in the Delta are jeopardizing the cold water pool needed to support salmon spawning in the fall, leading the State Water Board to agree to allow the projects to operate under the […]

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Slow yet steady progress being made on the State Water Board’s update to the Bay Delta Plan

At its June 19 meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) heard a progress report on the update of the Bay Delta Plan, the water quality control plan that identifies the beneficial uses of the Delta’s waters and then sets water quality objectives to protect those uses.  The State Water Board is the state agency that is […]

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Raising Shasta Dam: Reclamation releases the Draft Environmental Impact Statement; public review period begins

The Bureau of Reclamation has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for raising Shasta Dam, opening up a 90-day public comment and review period.  The draft EIR evaluates five different alternatives that would raise the dam from 6.5 feet to 18.5 feet, enlarging the reservoir by 256,000 to 634,000 acre-feet.  A  no-action alternative is analyzed as well. Reclamation says the project, formally called the Shasta Lake […]

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Science news & reports: Counting fish, restoring tributaries, draft Delta science plan, climate change adaptation webinars and online tools, regional flood atlases, and more!

New technology for fish counting showcased:  The Fishbio blog has details on the latest technology for monitoring fish:  ” … The Riverwatcher can remotely monitor fish ladders, weirs, and fishways using infrared scanning technology and high-resolution cameras. Fish swimming between the Riverwatcher’s scanner plates break the infrared beams and create a silhouette image. A digital camera also records video or […]

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