House delegation sends letter to Secretary Jewell regarding FWS & NMFS proposed actions for Delta smelt, salmon

Congressman Costa and others calls on the Administration to reexamine ‘harmful actions’ From the Office of Congressman Jim Costa: Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) and fifteen members of the California House delegation sent a letter to U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker regarding proposed actions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

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Delta Stewardship Council: Independent science review panels and the biological opinions

Panel at the Delta Stewardship Council discusses the effectiveness and impact of the yearly independent science panel review of the biological opinion RPAs for operations of the state and federal water project The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have each issued a biological opinion on the long-term operations of the Central Valley Project and […]

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California Water Fix Aquatic Science Peer Review, Part 2: Supporting analyses for target aquatic species; Panel’s initial recommendations

Presentations take an in-depth look at the analyses for salmonids, sturgeon, Delta smelt, and longfin smelt; panel gives initial recommendations Coverage of the independent science panel review of the draft biological opinion for the California Water Fix project continues with this second of two parts.  For the background, introductory remarks, and presentations on the project and the Section 7 consultation […]

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California Water Fix Aquatic Science Peer Review, Part 1: Overview of the project and the endangered species consultation process

Presentations give overview of the California Water Fix project, and an in-depth review of the Section 7(a)(2) consultation process The California Water Fix is a proposal to build three new intake facilities in the north Delta along with two tunnels to convey water from the north Delta to existing facilities in the south Delta for export to serve water users […]

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This just in … Ninth Circuit Upholds Biological Opinion for Central Valley Irrigation Impacts on Endangered Salmon

This just in from the Central Valley Business Times: Salmon and the federal government agencies and environmental groups trying to keep them alive in the California Delta have scored a win over water contractors and the Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project in a ruling Monday from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 80-page decision upholds a “Biological […]

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Letter: Feinstein and Costa send letter to Secretary Jewell and Secretary Pritzker: “Significant precipitation and the maximum discretion allowed under the biological opinions are vital to prevent severe adverse impacts to the people of the Central Valley and to California’s economy.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Jim Costa have teamed up to write a letter to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to ask for their continued efforts in securing additional water supplies to supplement the potentially low surface water allocations that are feared if conditions remain dry. The letter blames pumping restrictions due to […]

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