MOUNTAIN COUNTIES SYMPOSIUM: Delta Watermaster Michael George and Jason Peltier discuss moving forward in the Delta *UPDATED with comments from Restore the Delta*

This post has been updated with Restore the Delta’s comments added after Michael George’s presentation.  Click to go there. In October of 2018, the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association held a symposium that focused on the California Water Fix, the Delta, and the health of the greater watershed.  Two of the speakers were Michael George, the Delta Watermaster, and Jason Peltier, […]

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THE DELTA AND THE TRIBUTARIES, part 3: Moving the Delta and the tributaries towards a sustainable future

The Sierra Nevada plays a critical role in California’s water supply:  Snowpack in the mountain provides a natural form of water storage, and the forests and meadows play a role in ensuring water quality and reliability.  More than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply and more than 75% of the fresh water that flows into the Delta comes from […]

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THE DELTA AND THE TRIBUTARIES, part 2: California’s salmon face challenges, but there are success stories, too

In the fall of every year, an incredible phenomenon takes place in the Central Valley: the fall salmon run.  Adult salmon travel many miles from the Pacific Ocean upstream to their spawning grounds, returning to the river where they were born, sometimes even to the same riffle, where they will spawn, laying their eggs in the gravels of the rivers […]

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THE DELTA AND THE TRIBUTARIES, part 1: How the health of the headwaters affects California’s water system

The Mountain Counties Area spans over 15,700 square miles, encompassing most of the Sierra Nevada.   Much of the state’s precipitation falls here in the winter as snow, slowly and steadily melting in the spring to support the forest vegetation; then flowing downhill, filling the state’s rivers and providing water for cities and farms, eventually flowing into the Delta, where some […]

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The New Trump Administration – A View from the Top

Congressman Doug La Malfa, Congressman Tom McClintock, Senator Jim Nielsen, Senator Tom Berryhill, Senator Ted Gaines, and Assemblymember Kevin Kiley speak at Mountain Counties event The elections in November heralded a dramatic upheaval in the federal administration.  With a new Republican administration in place, President Trump has promised big changes in many of the nation’s policies and regulations. The Mountain […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Managing for Sustainability: Are you ready for permanent water rationing?

Commentary written by John Kingsbury, Executive Director of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association: Poised to seize control of water districts, the State plans to mandate permanent water conservation regulations while circumventing long standing water rights laws. On November 30, 2016, in response to the governor’s Executive Order B-37-16, the State released its 72-page draft framework for using water more […]

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Climate change and the potential effects on water operations

PCWA’s Andy Fecko looks at what projections for sea level rise and warming temperatures could potentially mean for water operations at Folsom and in the Delta Climate change models predict a wide range of impacts that a warming climate will bring; most often discussed are warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, reduced snowpack, and rising sea levels.  In this presentation from […]

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Phil Isenberg with parting words of advice: ‘Whether the tunnels are built or not, the underlying problems must be addressed’

Retiring Phil Isenberg presented award at Mountain Counties Water Resources Association event Phil Isenberg recently announced his retirement from the Delta Stewardship Counil, ending fifty years of public service in a career that has spanned from being mayor of Sacramento, serving in the state assembly, to chairing the Marine Life Protection Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Delta Vision Blue Ribbon […]

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The truth be told: The Delta, the tunnels, and the tributaries, part 2

Panelists discuss flows and the Delta tunnels, as well as the State Water Board’s water quality control plan update, Prop 1, Folsom operations and the Delta, and more … At the October 16 Mountain Counties Water Resources Association event, “The truth be told: The Delta, the tunnels, and the tributaries,” after the morning session of individual presentations, the panelists then […]

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The truth be told: The Delta, the tunnels, and the tributaries, part 1

Mountain Counties event highlights upstream concerns for flows in the tributaries and the impact of the Delta tunnels project The Sierra Nevada mountain range is a key part of the California’s natural water infrastructure, collecting rain and snow in the winter months that melts in the warmth of spring, filling the creeks and streams that form the tributaries of the […]

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