Southern California plans to spend $11 billion on the delta tunnels.…

Los Angeles Times – When the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to finance the lion's share of the delta tunnels project, some on the board called it a bold stroke of leadership. The delegations from Los Angeles and San Diego, however, called the move alarming, financially risky and irresponsible. MWD's two largest member agencies, L.A. and the San Read More…

3 Things to Know about California Droughts

PPIC – The erratic weather in recent months—a dry winter followed by “atmospheric rivers” that packed a punch in March and April, capped by a poor report on the state’s snowpack—hasn’t exactly offered a clear picture for drought watchers. In fact, there is no universal definition of when a drought begins or ends. Here are three things about droughts that every Californian should Read More…

Reality Check of California Water Fix Model results in a Critical…

California Water Blog – In 2008 a group from the Center for Watershed Sciences (including this author), joined by an economist from the Public Policy Institute, published findings that suggested that an alternative conveyance for Sacramento River water might improve ecological conditions in the Delta and improve reliability for Delta water exports [1, 2]. The original 2013 draft of the Read More…

White House, Congress side with California growers over raising…

San Francisco Chronicle – Congress and the Trump administration are pushing ahead with a plan to raise a towering symbol of dam-building’s 20th century heyday to meet the water demands of 21st century California — a project backed by San Joaquin Valley growers but opposed by state officials, defenders of a protected river and an American Indian tribe whose sacred sites would be Read More…

Repeat spawning comes with tradeoffs for trout

Phys Org – Steelhead trout that spawn multiple times have more than twice the lifetime reproductive success of single spawning trout, suggesting there is a substantial benefit associated with repeat spawning. But it comes with a tradeoff, according to new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Repeat spawners make the dangerous journey from the ocean to Read More…

Fish council OKs sharp cut in sport chinook harvest off Washington

Seattle Times – The sport anglers’ catch of chinook salmon off Washington’s coasts will drop sharply this year under a measure approved Tuesday by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The overall harvest for recreational fishermen off Washington will be capped at 27,500 fish, a nearly 40 percent drop from the past year. This conservation measure results, in part, from the Read More…

Salmon fishing in California dates proposed for the year

Mercury News – On Wednesday, the Pacific Fishery Management Council proposed its salmon season for most of the Pacific coast. In California, the commercial fishery consists of modest Chinook fisheries. Those between Horse Mountain and Pigeon Point (Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas) will be open for a week in late July, most of August and all of September. From Pigeon Point to the Read More…

Conservation Group Highlights Western Rivers Facing Imminent Threats

News Deeply – Every year since 1984, the advocacy organization American Rivers has compiled a list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the U.S. – a distinction that is awarded, in part, based on a major decision that is looming for those rivers in the coming months. “The report is not a list of the nation’s ‘worst’ or most polluted rivers, but rather it highlights rivers Read More…

State Water Board: Update on Delta science efforts

Maven's Notebook – At the March 20th meeting of the State Water Board, Delta Lead Scientist Dr. Callaway updated the board members on the Delta Science Program and their priorities for the coming year. The mission of the Delta Science Program is to provide the best possible unbiased scientific information for water and environmental decision making in the Delta, a mission the Science Read More…

Southern Oregon to get 100-day chinook season

The Columbian – One year after a crash in Klamath River salmon returns sparked a full-scale closure, sport anglers off the Southern Oregon coast are on track for a 100-day chinook season from mid-May through late August. The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the framework for ocean-salmon seasons at its meeting Tuesday in Portland, where it also determined commercial troll Read More…