PPIC POLICY PRIORITIES FOR CA WATER: Environmental impacts, the Endangered Species Act, and extinction

Phil Isenberg, Jeff Mount, and Kate Poole discuss the Endangered Species Act and the state’s approach to ecosystem restoration Although conditions in 2016 were somewhat wetter than the previous years, the specter of continuing drought keeps water at the top of the state’s policy agenda.  The event, Policy Priorities for California water, hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California […]

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Reconciliation ecology could end California’s water wars

Projects in the Sacramento Valley demonstrate the success of collaboration for the benefit of species This article first appeared in the Central Valley Business Times and is republished here with permission.  Written by Eric Miller, CVBT Correspondent. A careful foot can step anywhere, the Chinese proverb goes, so long as the foot moves in a direction that is good. But […]

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Farms as floodplains: A summary after five years of experimental flooding of agricultural land

Studies show the rice-field fish are larger, healthier and more robust than those in the river at the same age One of the recent and notable success stories for California has been the ongoing studies in the Yolo Bypass to use flooded rice fields as habitat for young migrating salmon. The results from the five years of study show the […]

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

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

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

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?

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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The Bay Institute responds to Sacramento River Settlement Contractors

Sacramento River Settlement Contractors will receive full deliveries of water this year at the expense of the salmon runs, they say From The Bay Institute, in response to Sacramento River Settlement Contractors frustrated by delay in implementing the Sacramento River operations plan for summer The Bay Institute agrees with the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors that it has taken the Bureau […]

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This just in … Sacramento River Settlement Contractors frustrated by delay in implementing the Sacramento River operations plan for summer

Proposed Shasta Reservoir Releases Focuses Solely on Temperature for Winter Run Eggs; SRSCs Call for More Holistic Approach to Managing Water for Farms, Fish and Birds The Sacramento River Settlement Contractors (SRSCs) have reviewed the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) plan for Sacramento River Operations this summer which is nearly identical to the March 31 plan submitted and approved by the […]

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Factors that influence salmon predation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

NOAA’s Dr. Sean Hayes reviews the results of studies of salmon predation in the San Joaquin River At the April 19th meeting of the State Water Resources Control Board, Board members heard an informational update from Dr. Sean Hayes with NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center on the results of the latest studies of predation on salmonids in the Delta, and […]

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