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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Lawsuit filed against Delta Plan

From Westlands Water District (via agleader’s twitter feed): “Raising serious objections to the Delta Stewardship Council’s Delta Plan, today the Westlands Water District joined the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority in a legal action filed in the Sacramento Superior Court to require the Delta Stewardship Council to revise the Delta Plan to be consistent with the 2009 Delta Reform […]

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Science news and reports: Aquifer depletion, Delta levee innovations, monitoring insecticides, water scarcity and more

Since 1900, the Nation’s aquifers have been depleted by more than twice the volume of water found in Lake Erie: A new USGS report documents the cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers, and the results show the rate is accelerating:  ” … While the rate of groundwater depletion across the country has increased markedly since about 1950, the maximum […]

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Joint Informational Hearing: Natural Resources and Water and Select Committee on the Delta “The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Perspectives on the Plan”

On May 14th, the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and the Senate Select Committee on the Delta held a second informational hearing on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to gather different perspectives on the plan from water contractors, local government officials, and environmental groups. Seated on the panel was Roger Patterson from Metropolitan Water District, David Guy from […]

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Blog round-up: BDCP and storage, endangered species, salmon doubling, water bond, Delta Plan, climate change, and a lot more …

Happy Monday to you!  There is something for everyone in this week’s wide-ranging blog round-up … The BDCP is about making today’s storage system work:  A lot of storage has been developed south of the Delta over the last generation, writes the BDCP blog, however:  “… San Luis Reservoir is the largest storage facility south of the Delta that is […]

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Delta Stewardship Council adopts final Delta Plan, 7-0

From the Delta Stewardship Council: “After eight drafts, almost 100 public meetings, and nearly 10,000 individual comments, the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) Thursday (May 16) adopted a comprehensive management plan for the Delta. The Council also certified the final Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), and adopted regulations that will implement the policies of the Delta Plan. “State law told us […]

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Science news and reports: Fish, floodplains, and economics, winning apps, warmer springs and more

Feeding fish on floodplains in the Yolo Bypass:  Besides protecting Sacramento from flooding, providing habitat for migratory birds, and being a productive area for rice farming, the Yolo Bypass is adding another item to the list:  ” … The bypass trio of farms, floods and fowl has harmonized successfully for more than 70 years, with management for ducks increasing in […]

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