Overview of California’s debt condition: Priming the pump for a water bond

On February 26, 2013, the Senate Governance & Finance Committee and the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee held a joint informational hearing entitled “Overview of California’s Debt Condition: Priming the Pump for a Water Bond.” Senator Lois Wolk, Chair of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, began by stating that this is the first in a series of hearings […]

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The Delta Stewardship Council hears from Jerry Meral on the BDCP’s proposed governance structure, the challenge of an integrated state-federal water project, funding, and more

At the February 21, 2013 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Jerry Meral from the California Natural Resources Agency updated the Council on the proposed governance structure for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.  Jerry Meral spoke about the complexities of an integrated state and federal water project, adaptive management and the role of the stakeholder council, as well as answered […]

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Science and report notes: Habitat restoration presentations, recommendations on nitrates, fish on drugs, and more!

Habitat restoration presentations online:  The Delta Independent Science Board has been working on reviewing habitat restoration projects in the Delta and the Suisun Marsh, and are in the process of producing a report (here’s the third draft, but it’s not done yet).  Here are the power points from the USGS that were presented at the last DISB meeting: CASCaDE model […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series continues with Peter Moyle: The future of freshwater fishes in California

The UC Davis California Water Policy Seminar Series continued on February 11, 2013, with California fish expert Peter B. Moyle, professor and former Chair of the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology as the featured speaker.  Peter Moyle has spent over 40 years studying the ecology and conservation of California’s freshwater and estuarine species, and is an author or […]

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State Water Board discusses updated flow objectives for San Joaquin tributaries

At their February 21st meeting, the Delta Stewardship Council heard an informational update on the State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to revise flow objectives for the Lower San Joaquin River and southern Delta salinity objectives, as the Board begins to wrap up phase one of the update to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan. The Bay-Delta Water Quality […]

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Blog round-up: More on the smaller tunnels, Arkstorms, toxic farmland, San Joaquin River flow objectives and more

Welcome to Monday!  Here’s the blog round-up: An odd alignment:  Alex Breitler notes the rare chord of agreement between Restore the Delta and Jerry Meral: ” … Neither likes the Peripheral Canal Lite.  The proposal for a single tunnel with one-third the capacity of the existing twin tunnels proposal is getting criticized from both ends of the spectrum. … ”  […]

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California Water Policy Seminar Series continues with Tim Quinn: In Pursuit of “Coequal” Goals: An ACWA Statewide Perspective

The UC Davis California Water Policy Seminar Series continued on February 4, 2013 with the Association of California Water Agencies Executive Director Tim Quinn as the guest speaker.  Prior to joining ACWA in 2007, Mr. Quinn was deputy general manager of the Metropolitan Water District, where he worked on several key state policy initiatives including the 1994 Bay-Delta Accord, CalFED, […]

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Science notes: Natural Hydrographs in Regulated Rivers: Conference video now available, plus public comments sought on DISB’s review of BDCP governance, and more!

Natural Hydrographs in Regulated Rivers: Video of the conference now available!  Last month, the Delta Science Program and the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture held a seminar on natural hydrographs in regulated rivers.  The power point presentations were posted in last week’s science news, and now the video of the conference is available from UC Davis:  Click […]

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Blog round-up: Delta smelt cutbacks, smaller tunnels, the BDCP, and the water bond, plus jobs!

Off again, on again:  The big news last week was Tuesday’s press conference that had agency officials announcing that restrictions put in place to protect the Delta smelt had caused 700,000 acre-feet to flow out to the ocean instead of down the aqueducts, only to quietly turn the pumps back on later that day.The Delta National Park blog catches on, […]

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Delta Independent Science Board's review of the BDCP's proposed governance structure lists several concerns

This isn’t a sweetheart Valentine that the Delta Independent Science Board will be sending to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan if the Board approves the draft DISB report of the review of BDCP’s Chapter 7 governance structure, set for discussion at today’s science board meeting. Prompted by a request by Delta Stewardship Council Chair Phil Isenberg to review the draft […]

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