Shasta Dam Fish Passage Evaluation: Winter-run Chinook may swim above Shasta Dam once again

Agency scientists discuss the winter-run captive broodstock program at Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery, the conceptual designs for the juvenile collector facilities, and the pilot implementation plan and schedule The NMFS biological opinion on the coordinated operation of the state and federal water projects concluded that CVP and SWP operations were likely to jeopardize the continued existence of salmonids, and […]

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Tidal marshes: Adapting to sea level rise, carbon sequestration

Dr. Jim Morris on the mechanisms of how tidal marshes keep pace with sea level rise, and Dr. John Callaway with research on carbon sequestration in the San Francisco Bay’s tidal wetlands Back in the late 1800s as the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was being reclaimed for agriculture, a somewhat parallel process was happening to the shoreline of the San Francisco […]

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee, Pt. 1: Actionable Delta Science & a very brief update on Cal Water Fix and Cal Eco Restore

The interagency committee charged with implementation of the Delta Plan endorses a list of high priority science actions for the Delta As implementation of the first Delta Plan enters its third year, the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee held the first of two semi-annual meetings on May 11, 2015. The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) is comprised of eighteen […]

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Science news and reports: New research paper on impacts of pot grows on watersheds, Climate change and Central Valley grasslands, wetland restoration, pine beetles, shrinking habitats and more …

In science news this week, New research paper on the impact of surface water diversions for marijuana cultivation on aquatic habitat in four Northwestern California watersheds, Central Valley, 2100: Land Use and Climate Change Could Impact Wildlife & Water Supplies, FishBio blog on the disappearing salmon carcass, 18 months after the fire on Mt. Diablo, Rethinking wetland restoration, and more […]

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Science news and reports: Prepare for the extinction of Delta smelt, plus hatcheries, instream flows for salmon, habitat restoration, West Coast sea lions, river algae and mercury pollution, and more …

In science news this week, Prepare for the extinction of Delta smelt, In search of hatchery solutions, Instream flows: new tools to quantify water quality conditions for returning adult Chinook salmon, Habitat restoration brings back Oregon chub, Environmental changes stress West Coast sea lions, West Coast waters shifting to lower productivity regime, River algae affecting mercury pollution at Superfund site, […]

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The Delta Landscapes project: Creating a spatial framework to inform restoration planning

A new report uses landscape metrics in both the historical and contemporary Delta to help define, design, and evaluate functional, resilient landscapes for the estuary’s future The state of California has set ambitious restoration goals for restoration of the Delta’s ecosystem as embodied in the Delta Plan; those goals include restoring large areas of interconnected habitats within the Delta and […]

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Science news and reports: Chinook salmon abundance, groundwater, new long-term earthquake forecast, Temp/Precip outlooks in review, developing infrastructure for worldwide data sharing, first “SMAP”shots and more …

In science news this week, Chinook salmon abundance: 2014 review and 2015 preview,  Farmers confront ominous groundwater shortage, New long term earthquake forecast for California, CPC Winter 2014-15 Seasonal and Monthly Precipitation and Temperature Outlooks in Review, The tropics as a prime suspect behind the warm-cold split over North America during recent winters, How rivers creep and flow to shape […]

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Science news and reports: El Niño is here, Drought and climate change linked, Dutch lessons on levee design, beavers saving salmon, CA precipitation summary, and more …

In science news this week, March 2015 ENSO discussion: El Niño is here, Stanford researchers say California drought and climate change linked – but rain isn’t the only factor, Dutch lessons on levee design and prioritization for California, Beavers are saving California’s wild salmon, California Precipitation Summary, plus embracing unknowns, isolated wetlands, water and the open data initiative, first global […]

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Managing turbidity for Delta smelt

Metropolitan’s David Fullerton and Paul Hutton say there’s a relationship between turbidity and Delta smelt, and demonstrate that by cutting back Delta pumping at strategic times, they can avoid take of Delta smelt at the export pumps and gain water in the long-run At the February 24th meeting of Metropolitan Water District’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, David Fullerton, Principal […]

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Science news and reports: Were predictions of El Nino a bust? plus paleoclimatology, climate change research at Lake Tahoe, why so many temperature records, landscapes shaped by fear, blue-green algae, bad kitties and more …

In science news this week … Were model predictions of El Nino a big bust?; Paleoclimate, proxies, paleosols, and precipitation: A look to the future; NASA satellite sees a warm winter  for the U.S. West; Why so many temperature records?; Lake Tahoe research provides new insights on climate change; Climate change: Evaluating your local and regional sources; A landscape shaped […]

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