Restore the Delta’s panel of experts discusses the costs of the tunnels

On May 28, the day prior to the release of the remaining chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Restore the Delta held a call-in media event to discuss the upcoming release of documents, which will include financial details. The call-in event was moderated by Steve Hopcraft from Restore the Delta; joining him on the line was Dr. Jeffrey Michael […]

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Blog round-up: Bloggers on the BDCP, fish screens, climate change and native fishes, restructuring the SWP and more!

The BDCP faces a geographic fight, says John Wildermuth over at Fox & Hounds, although they say the politics of geography has nothing to do with it:  ” …  Brown’s people say independent studies show the water project will bring the state at least $5 billion in benefits over the 50-year life of the project. The price tag — $24.7 […]

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Delta project price tag rises – with the controversy

From yours truly at Capitol Weekly: “The price tag is up to nearly $25 billion, but the benefits are up, too, says the Brown administration as the state inches forward to launch an unprecedented project to move more northern California water south through a pair of tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. On Wednesday, the administration pegged the cost […]

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Delta Stewardship Council’s statement on the lawsuit against the Delta Plan

Chris Knopp, Executive Officer of the Delta Stewardship Council, issued this statement : “The lawsuit filed recently by the Westlands Water District and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority is disappointing, but not unexpected. In essence, this suit challenges the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Report under the California Environmental Quality Act, and the Council’s authority under, and compliance with, […]

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The Bay Delta Conservation Plan Road Map: Don’t get lost – use the map!

Do you need to read the Bay Delta Conservation Plan documents but don’t know where to start?  Do you want to know more about the tunnels, download a document, or just see what the fuss is all about? Then the BDCP Road Map is for you.  Now fully updated with all the released plan documents as well as the environmental […]

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Science news and reports: Statewide sportfish survey, sustainable fisheries, floodplains, stormwater, fykes, El Nino, water rights, economics and more!

A lot of great finds on the internet this week!  The photo is a collection of diatoms at a magnification of 200 that was made from 160 individual photographs using a process called ‘focus stacking’.  Read more from Earth Observatory’s Picture of the Day here:  Imaging Diatoms Good news and bad news for the state’s fish:  A  new statewide survey […]

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Remaining Bay Delta Conservation Plan draft documents released

Chapters 8 through 12 are now available at the Bay Delta Conservation Plan website.  The released chapters cover implementation costs and funding sources, alternative ways to avoid harm to endangered species, and integration of independent science into the BDCP’s preparation. A Public Meeting to discuss the chapters has been scheduled for July 17 in Sacramento. LINKS TO THE DOCUMENTS: Administrative […]

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Court documents for Delta Plan lawsuit

Last Friday, the San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District filed a lawsuit with the  Sacramento County Superior Court against the Delta Stewardship Council for adopting the Delta Plan and certifying the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). The complaint states that the Delta Plan would impede, rather than further, achievement of the coequal goals, and that the […]

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Blog round-up: Bloggers on the Westlands lawsuit, BDCP, the Delta Plan, drinking water, an awesome interactive Delta map and more!

I hope your holiday weekend was a real splash!  Here’s what bloggers had to say last week: The Delta National Park blog on the Westlands lawsuit … is one coequal goal more equal than the other?  The Delta National Park finds the Westlands press release announcing the lawsuit a little confusing:  ” … On the one hand, they claim that […]

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