CALIFORNIA WATER FIX: Metropolitan Committee hears presentation on…

Maven's Notebook – On August 14th, Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta and the Water Planning and Stewardship Committee held a joint meeting to hear a presentation on the last of three white papers that staff has prepared on the California Water Fix, this one focusing on the costs and financing for the project.  Staff has developed the white papers to inform board members Read More…

Hundreds of Mekong giant catfish released

Phnom Penh Post – Two hundred juvenile specimens of the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish were released by the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Fisheries Administration into freshwater reservoirs on Sunday evening in an effort to help preserve the species – which can grow up to 350 kilograms. The rare behemoths are believed to be the largest freshwater fish species in the world – a Read More…

Oroville Dam: Relicensing saga holds up habitat restoration

Mercury News – There may be much more than gravel placement for salmon spawning in the Feather River along downtown Oroville – but it’s contingent upon the relicensing of the Oroville Dam. If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, finally approves the settlement agreement signed by over 50 entities in 2006, the state Department of Water Resources would be able to continue Read More…

What’s best weapon for battling species invading California waters?…

Press Telegram – There’s an invasion plaguing the coastal waters of Southern California. Waves of tiny interlopers spark havoc at fisheries, clog municipal water pipes and frustrate boaters who must dislodge buckets of sea crud. They’ve altered our coastal regions’ ecosystems, endangered native fish and birthed such nasty problems as “swimmer’s itch.” Accelerated in Read More…

Habitat Preferences of various Delta species

California Water Blog – Like fish, the different human professions involved in the Delta have different habitat preferences: Lawyers: high turbidity and fear, complex egosystems, either high and cynical levels of expectation, abundant funds Engineers: high clarity, data-rich nutrient sources, high expectation concentrations, abundant funds Biologists: thrives on uncertainty and Read More…

Study: Heavy Storms May Be Enough to Recharge California Groundwater

News Deeply – California's sustainable groundwater Management Act, passed in 2014, requires some 250 groundwater basins throughout the state to halt the overdraft in their aquifers. The big question for everyone is: Where will the water come from to do that? It could come from “high-magnitude flows” – flooding events, essentially, that occur from just a handful of storms every Read More…

Rain: When a good thing becomes too much of a good thing

NOAA News – Atmospheric rivers are a double-edged sword for California. Just a few atmospheric river events can deliver half of a year’s precipitation, which can be a relief for anxious water managers in a drought-prone region. But that much water, when it arrives like a firehose from the sky, can cause flooding that endangers lives and property. Starting this summer, NOAA and the Read More…

Karuk Tribe seeks to list Klamath River salmon as endangered

Times-Standard – A once bountiful run of Klamath River salmon now teetering near the edge of extinction could gain protections under the federal Endangered Species Act based on the findings of a study published this week, according to Karuk Tribe officials. The Karuk Tribe on Thursday submitted notices of its intent to file a petition to list Klamath River spring-run Chinook salmon as an Read More…

Steelhead struggling home in record low numbers

Seattle Times – Salmon and steelhead are in hot water — a problem scientists warn is going to get worse because of climate change. Steelhead returning this year to the Columbia and Snake rivers migrated out of the river during horrendous conditions in 2015, which included record low flows and high water temperatures. Those steelhead also were at sea during the so-called “blob” Read More…

Northwest Scientists Say Spilling More Water Over Dams Helps Fish

Northwest Public Radio – Wednesday, dozens of scientists sent a letter to Northwest lawmakers in Congress. In it, they argue in favor of spilling more water over dams to help fish. In a ruling earlier this year, a federal judge ordered Columbia River dam managers to spill more water by 2018. Several Northwest lawmakers are aiming to block that order with a bill they’ve introduced in Read More…