BAY DELTA SCIENCE CONFERENCE: The Delta Conservation Framework: Realizing a Vision for a Sustainable Delta by 2050

In 2016, Department of Fish and Wildlife committed to lead agencies and the Delta stakeholder community in an inclusive planning effort to advance the conservation of the Delta, Yolo Bypass and Suisun Marsh following the state’s pivot away from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s comprehensive habitat conservation planning efforts, instead rebranding the effort as the California Water Fix and choosing […]

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DELTA STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: The Delta Conservation Framework: Looking ahead at restoration to 2050

Document attempts to chart a course for long-term restoration beyond EcoRestore The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the predecessor to the California Water Fix, was conceived as a habitat conservation plan, and as such, was intended to provide benefits to threatened and endangered species that went beyond what would normally be required as mitigation for the construction and operation of […]

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Director Chuck Bonham on the response of the Department of Fish and Wildlife to the exceptional drought conditions

At the October meeting of the California Water Commission, Chuck Bonham, Director of the Calfiornia Department of Fish and Wildlife, updated Commission members on the activities of his Department.  In his presentation, he spoke candidly about the difficult choices that the exceptional drought has demanded he and the Department make. “My name is Chuck Bonham, and I have the greatest […]

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CDFW and NOAA Fisheries introduce voluntary drought initiative to protect salmon and steelhead

From the California Department of Fish and Game: “The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries announced a Voluntary Drought Initiative today designed to protect populations of salmon and steelhead from the effects of the current unprecedented drought. “This is one of many measures we’re attempting to get us through this extreme […]

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Numbers remain low for Delta smelt, American shad and striped bass in Fall Midwater Trawl

Just 18 Delta smelt were found in the Delta during the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fall Midwater Trawl, making it the second lowest index in the history of the trawl.  American Shad were also found at their second lowest numbers and striped bass index was tied for its third lowest since the survey’s inception in 1967. The Fall Midwater […]

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Santa Clara Valley Water District BDCP workstudy session, Part 1: DFW’s Carl Wilcox

As a large water supplier dependent on Delta water for a large portion of its water supplies, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has been holding a series of workstudy sessions to examine the Bay Delta Conservation Plan more closely. The first workshop, held on October 11 and covered in this post featured a panel that included Mark Cowin, the […]

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Fall Midwater Trawl Report for September-October: Second lowest counts for striped bass, American shad; third lowest for threadfin shad

The Fall Midwater Trawl surveys, conducted in September and October, did not have positive results for the fish.  It was the second lowest count in FMWT history for Age-0 striped bass and American shad, and third lowest count for threadfin shad.  Delta smelt and longfin smelt counts were comparable to other low-abundance years. Here’s the Fall Midwater Trawl Report from […]

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