This just in … New Strategy to Improve Conditions for Delta Smelt Shows Promising Results

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Comprehensive Approach Seeks to Reverse Decline in Smelt Population From the Department of Water Resources: The initial monitoring of a new strategy to improve conditions for the endangered Delta smelt shows significant promise in creating a bloom in the plankton that nourish these imperiled fish. State and federal leaders were joined today by Sacramento Valley farmers and water providers along […]

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This just in … Environmental groups ask California officials to save endangered fish in San Francisco Bay Estuary from extinction

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From Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Bay Institute: With the critically endangered Delta smelt on the brink of extinction, Defenders of Wildlife, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and The Bay Institute today called upon the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to issue emergency regulations and release the fresh water the smelt need to […]

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Metropolitan’s Bay Delta Committee discusses California Water Fix and the state’s Delta smelt strategy

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Staff also presents an overview of Metropolitan’s science efforts in the Delta At the July meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Committee members were briefed on the California Water Fix and the Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy, as well as an overview of Metropolitan’s science efforts. Here’s a recap of what they discussed. UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA WATER FIX Steve […]

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This just in … State, Federal Agencies Launch Integrated, Multi-Pronged Effort to Help Delta Smelt

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Strategies Aimed at Improving Survival of Endangered Fish From the California Natural Resources Agency: Under a comprehensive strategy released today, state and federal agencies will work to rapidly improve conditions for endangered Delta smelt, which are close to extinction after several extremely dry years.  The strategy represents a management shift for state and federal water and wildlife agencies, which are […]

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Delta smelt symposium, part 4: Panel discussion: What is the path forward among considerable uncertainty?

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Panel of experts share their visions and options for the future of the Delta and longfin smelt Coverage of the Delta and longfin smelt symposium, Is Extinction Inevitable?, continues It’s been a full day of presentations; conference attendees have been given the background on the decline of the Delta and longfin smelt, a long list of potential causes, and a […]

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Delta smelt symposium, part 3: The path forward: Climate change, recovery planning, and restoration

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Presenters discuss climate change, extinction, artificial propagation and stocking, and tidal marsh restoration Coverage of the Delta and longfin smelt symposium, Is Extinction Inevitable?, continues The second round of presenters provided a long list of potential causes for species decline, and conference attendees weren’t feeling very optimistic.  Is there anything we can do to preserve and restore the species?  In […]

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Delta smelt symposium, part 2: Causal links to population declines and data gaps

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Could it be water exports, predation, food web, contaminants, drought … ? Coverage of the Delta and longfin smelt symposium, Is Extinction Inevitable?, continues … The first round of presenters at the Delta smelt symposium have shown us that although we’ve learned a lot about the Delta and longfin smelt, their populations are still declining; however, the population genetics do […]

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Symposium coverage, part 1: Delta and longfin smelt: Is extinction inevitable?

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Part 1 of coverage of symposium covers what we know and don’t know about the Delta and longfin smelt Is extinction inevitable for the Delta and longfin smelt?  Despite extensive efforts and expense investigating potential causes of their decline, their numbers have reached an all-time low, particularly for the Delta smelt.  These species are listed as threatened through state and […]

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

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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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Managing fisheries during drought conditions: Maximizing the effectiveness of limited water supplies

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Fish and wildlife officials discuss the drought response actions being taken by federal, state, and local agencies to reduce the impacts to fish and wildlife resources As the weather heats up for the summer months and the drought drags on, water supplies are being stretched to their breaking point.  While agricultural and urban users have had to struggle with significant […]

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