Study: California’s Delta Tunnels Plan Makes Economic Sense

Courthouse News Service – The $11 billion first leg of California’s plan to divert water from its largest delta will pay dividends for cities and farmers and improve water quality, according to a state-sponsored study released Tuesday. The long-awaited cost-benefit analysis, conducted by a University of California, Berkeley professor, concludes that it’s worth it for water suppliers Read More…

A new study looks at why Pacific Cod stocks are crashing in the Gulf…

KTOO – A new study in Kodiak will hopefully shed some light on what Pacific cod go through when they’re young. “We don’t know how they do in the winter. Where they are. What they are eating. What their energetic requirements are.” One of the leaders of the project, Mike Litzow is a researcher for the University of Alaska Fairbanks based in Kodiak. He said the recent crash in Read More…

See-through seafood: transparency project gains momentum

The Fish Site – Transparency will be the norm says the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), which recently announced that Walmart had joined its Ocean Disclosure Project (ODP) alongside UK retailers Asda, Co-op Food, and Morrisons, UK seafood supplier Joseph Robertson and French food service company Davigel. Aquaculture feed manufacturers Biomar, Cargill/EWOS, and Skretting have also Read More…

San Diego Pursues Drought-Proof Water Supply

KPBS – The desert-like grounds around the San Diego County Water Authority offices are dressed in a water-wise xeriscape of cacti and aloe. The sky is a monotone blue and — even though it’s January — the temperature is in the 80s. Dennis Cushman, assistant general manager for the Water Authority, doesn’t look very comfortable in this setting in his dark wool suit. But when asked Read More…

Water-quality regulation will set precedents

Ag Alert – After many hours of testimony by agricultural groups—including the California Farm Bureau Federation and several county Farm Bureaus—the State Water Resources Control Board has adopted an order revising agricultural requirements for the Eastern San Joaquin River watershed. Farm groups said the action adds layers of reporting requirements, the majority of which set precedents Read More…

California drought: Water conservation slipping statewide as dry…

The Mercury News – As California suffers through another dry winter, increasing fears that drought conditions may be returning, the state’s residents are dropping conservation habits that were developed during the last drought and steadily increasing their water use with each passing month. A new analysis of state water records by this news organization found California’s urban Read More…

Cal Water Fix: Metropolitan Committee discusses the possible staged…

Maven's Notebook – At Monday’s meeting of Metropolitan’s Water Stewardship and Planning Committee, Steve Arakawa, Manager of Bay Delta Initiatives, updated the committee members on the Cal Water Fix project, given the state’s long-anticipated announcement of a phased approach to construction of the project. His presentation covered Metropolitan staff’s preliminary review of how Read More…

CDFW to Release a Half-Million Steelhead into Feather River

CDFW News – Hatchery trucks from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today began the weeklong process of stocking a half million young steelhead smolts on the Feather River near Yuba City. The 125,000 fish released Monday were the first of the fish reared from eggs rescued from the Feather River Fish Hatchery during last year’s Feather River spillway failure. Plants will Read More…

Klamath Basin irrigators, fish face dry year, officials say

Times Standard – Anticipating a poor water year in California’s and Oregon’s Klamath River Basin, the federal government is seeking to find a way to balance its obligations to protect fish species while also ensuring Klamath Basin irrigators and water districts have access to water. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is now taking public comments on a proposal that would allow irrigators Read More…

California officials set up invasive swamp rodent hotline

KPCC – California has a giant rodent problem. To clarify, it's not that California has a huge problem with run-of-the-mill rats, it's that the state has an emerging problem with jumbo-sized critters. Nutria, otherwise called Myocaster coypus, were thought to have been eradicated from the state's wetlands and rivers as far back as 1965 but they have mysteriously reappeared in three Read More…