Blog round up: Bloggers on what the BDCP can, can’t, and wants to do, salmon eating farmers, and drought

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan can’t do everything, points out the BDCP blog:  Yes, it’s big, but it’s function is to comply with endangered species laws:  ” … The BDCP can go a long way toward accomplishing the dual goals of ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability spelled out by the Legislature in the 2009 Delta Reform Act.  But the […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series presents Mark Cowin: “What’s so Funny ‘bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?”

The Director of the Department of Water Resources, Mark Cowin, was the final speaker in the California Water Policy Seminar Series which concluded on March 18, 2013.  Mark Cowin has worked for over 30 years at the Department of Water Resources in a variety of positions, including Assistant Director for the CalFED program and as Deputy Director of Integrated Water […]

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Science and report notes: Levees, selenium, salmon, subsidence, sea level rise, and a lot more

Something for everyone in this week’s update  …. Levees, selenium and salmon are highlighted in the latest issue of the research journal, San Francisco Estuary and Watershed Science, now available online.  In this issue, Delta Subsidence Reversal, Levee Failure, and Aquatic Habitat—A Cautionary Tale (Bates, Lund), Ecosystem-scale Selenium Model for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Regional Ecosystem Restoration Implementation Plan (Presser, […]

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Blog Round Up: New population of Delta smelt found south of Delta, plus bloggers on reducing reliance, getting things done in the Delta, and more

New population of Delta smelt found south of the Delta:  Delta smelt … apparently not just for the Delta anymore!  The California Water Blog reports on the new find:  “UC Davis scientists have found large populations of the federally protected delta smelt growing extraordinarily large in three Southern California reservoirs, hundreds of miles from its native waters. The smelt presumably […]

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The road map for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Have you been meaning to read those Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents that everyone’s talking about, but just hadn’t gotten around to it yet?  Do you want to have a look at a particular table or drawing but can’t find it?  Do you want to read just the sections on the water facilities but don’t know where to look? The […]

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Tim Washburn on the history and future of Sacramento’s flood control system

On March 11th, 2013, the California Water Policy Seminar Series at UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences continued, hosting Tim Washburn, the Director of Planning for the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency.  Mr. Washburn served as the Agency’s chief counsel from 1990 to 2009 when he was appointed to his current position.  Mr. Washburn gave a lively presentation on the […]

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More Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents released

Chapters 5 through 7 of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents have been released and are available now at the BDCP website:  http://baydeltaconservationplan.com/Library/DocumentsLandingPage/BDCPDocuments.aspx Included in today’s release is the lengthy Effects Analysis, which describes the effects of the Plan on ecosystem processes, natural communities, and covered species, and the Implementation Structure, which details how the project will be governed. Here […]

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Science and report notes: State Water Board and NorCal coastal streams, forecasting salmon returns, streamgages, EPA's National Aquatic Resources Survey, and more

State Water Board proposing draft policy on Northern California coastal streams, public comment period ends April 8:  The policy adopted in 2010 was vacated due to litigation, so a revisions were necessary:  “The Policy will apply to applications to appropriate water, registrations, andwater right petitions. The Policy will establish principles and guidelines for maintaining instream flows for the protection of […]

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Felicia Marcus on the California Delta: Convergence or Collision?

On March 4, 2013, the California Water Policy Seminar Series continued at UC Davis with Felicia Marcus as the guest speaker.  Felicia Marcus was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board in 2012, and recently selected by Governor Jerry Brown to become Chair of the Board, replacing the retiring Charles Hoppin.  Ms. Marcus has held a variety of distinguished […]

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Capitol Weekly: Meral on the griddle: Delta policy gets the once-over

From yours truly posted at Capitol Weekly: “Sitting nearly alone at the head table, Jerry Meral found few supporters in the crowded room. Meral, the state’s Deputy Resources Secretary, is the point man for the Brown Administration’s plan to build an $18 billion tunnel underneath the Delta in order to move more northern California water to the south.  The critics […]

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