Reactions to the State Water Resources Control Board’s proposal for San Joaquin River tributaries

Here are the reactions to the State Water Board’s proposal for the San Joaquin River tributaries: (Listed in alphabetical order) From the California Farm Bureau Federation River-flow plan will cause needless suffering Water supplies dedicated to fish should be subject to the same efficiency standards as those affecting California farmers and homeowners, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation, which […]

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This just in … State Water Board Releases Draft Flow Objectives for San Joaquin River; Salinity Objectives for the Southern Delta

From the State Water Resources Control Board: The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) staff today released a draft proposal to update water quality requirements for salinity in the southern Delta and water flows in major tributaries to the San Joaquin River (the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced Rivers), which drain into the southern Delta. The refined salinity requirements […]

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Planning & Conservation League Symposium: What is happening in the Delta this year?

Panelists share different perspectives on the troubled estuary At the Planning and Conservation League’s annual symposium held earlier this year, one of the panel discussions focused on the Delta.  The panel discussion was not centered around the California Water Fix (more commonly known as the Delta tunnels project), but instead each panelist gave a different perspective on the estuary. The […]

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Legislative hearing: Pending Delta decisions and their potential economic and other impacts on San Francisco and the Bay Area, part 2

Bay Area stakeholders have their say On March 11, the Senate Select Committee on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta held an informational hearing in San Francisco that focused on the California Water Fix project and the State Water Resources Control Board’s update to the Delta’s water quality control plan, and what the impacts of the decisions made regarding those projects would […]

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Legislative hearing: Pending Delta decisions and their potential economic and other impacts on San Francisco and the Bay Area, part 1

Secretary John Laird discusses Cal Water Fix with respect to the Bay Area; State Water Board’s Diane Riddle updates on the ongoing Bay Delta water quality control plan review process On March 11, the Senate Select Committee on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta held an informational hearing in San Francisco that focused on the California Water Fix project and the State […]

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Independent science panels present findings to the Delta Stewardship Council from Delta flows workshops

At the July 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, the council members heard an informational update on two independent science panel reviews on Delta flows and related stressors intended to help inform the State Water Resources Control Board’s update to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan (Bay-Delta Plan) that is currently underway. The update to the Bay-Delta Plan is […]

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ESTUARY News: One estuary, many plans

The latest online issue of ESTUARY News sums up two days of presentations and discussions on the 2013 State of the Estuary conference, held last October in Oakland.  Here’s my coverage of a panel moderated by the State Water Board’s Felicia Marcus which featured Mark Cowin from the Department of Water Resources, Chris Knopp from the Delta Stewardship Council, Chuck […]

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Letter: Friends of the San Francisco Estuary want BDCP to analyze effects on SF Bay; more outflow for Delta

The Friends of the San Francisco Estuary have written two letters to state officials regarding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The first letter is addressed to Chair Felicia Marcus of the State Water Resources Control Board.  In the letter, they ask for total Delta outflows and Bay inflows to be increased during the update to the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control […]

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State of the Estuary Panel Discussion: One estuary, many plans: How will they fit together?

The 11th Biennial State of the Estuary conference held in October, 2013, brought together the leaders from the state’s resource agencies to discuss the multiple planning processes going on and share their views on how these processes will work together. The panel discussion, One Estuary, Many Plans: How Will They Work Together?, was moderated by Felicia Marcus, Chair of the […]

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A primer on Delta and statewide planning projects

With the release of the Governor’s California Water Action Plan, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of planning processes currently underway. Just how many?  It’s easy to lose count.  Currently, there are three major planning efforts focused on the Delta: The Delta Plan, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, and the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan.  The […]

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