Seminar panelist says there will be no new big water projects built

CVBT – Near the conclusion of the first panel discussion at Stanford University on “Shopping for Water: How the Market can mitigate water shortages in the American West,” an audience member asked why we couldn’t use pipelines to transfer water from places like the Great Lakes to arid areas. He said oil has long traveled that way, so he couldn’t figure out why we couldn’t use Read More…

Study lists Trinity Dam flows for fish as high priority

Eureka Times-Standard – A study released this month by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences listed Trinity Reservoir as one of 181 California dams whose current outflows could negatively affect native fish species if unchanged. With the demand for reservoir water increasing as the statewide drought persists into its third year, study co-author Ted Grantham — a postdoctoral Read More…

Reintroduction of McCloud River salmon inspires film, tribe

Mail Tribune – The Winnemum Wintu tribe long survived on salmon runs up the McCloud River in Northern California. But the salmon — and the tribe's original home — were wiped out with the building in 1945 of Shasta Dam. Now tribal descendents want to bring their salmon home — and it just might be possible, because in the late 1800s, fry of these strong and tasty salmon were shipped Read More…

Rescuers save Deschutes River fish

The Bulletin – Friday’s rain didn’t wash out an effort to rescue fish stranded in a side channel of the Deschutes River near Bend. “I wasn’t expecting this much support to be out here on a day like today,” Gabe Parr, founder of the Bend Casting Club, said as he ate a sandwich during a lunch break in a steady drizzle. The club, which started in 2010 as an offshoot of Trout Read More…

Releases from New Melones accelerate as drought continues

Manteca Bulletin – The incredible shrinking New Melones Reservoir could dip below 500,000 acre feet by November thanks to what some biologists contend is a questionable decision to help fish migration. Between now and Nov. 11 the Bureau of Reclamation is dumping 34,125 acre feet of water in a move that Fishbio biologists with 10 years of experience studying fish movements on the Read More…

Dams with too-low flows for fish identified

CVBT – Scientists from the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis, have identified 181 California dams that may need to increase water flows to protect native fish downstream. "It is unpopular in many circles to talk about providing more water for fish during this drought, but to the extent we care about not driving native fish to extinction, we need a Read More…

Hyacinth problem grows out of control in Stockton

KCRA News – Parts of the waterways in Stockton are a sea of green -- and a plant known as hyacinth is being blamed for clogging sections of the Delta. Some even said Wednesday the plant invasion could become a threat to safety and security. "Maybe two years ago it was pretty bad, but not this bad," said Terry Craig, harbor master at the Village West Marina. "We just can't keep up with Read More…

Local hatcheries to cut coho, steelhead releases

The Columbian – State fisheries officials are cutting salmon and steelhead production at three lower Columbia hatcheries resulting in fewer coho and steelhead releases in the Kalama and Deep rivers plus Drano Lake. A gap of about $500,000 in federal Mitchell Act money will reduce production at the North Toutle, Kalama Falls and Skamania hatcheries in Southwest Washington. Production is Read More…

California Lake Poisoned to Get Rid of Invasive Fish

Discovery News – In San Francisco, officials for the Presidio Trust are planning to dump a fish-killing chemical into the Presidio’s historic Mountain Lake, in a last-ditch effort to get rid of big, voracious alien carp, bass and sturgeon who’ve taken over the waters and are wiping out the native species. The officials in change of the historic former military base turned natural Read More…

Coho salmon in Idaho: Back from the dead

Idaho Statesman – A historic fishing season for coho salmon opened Friday on the Clearwater River, giving anglers a unique chance to catch an "extinct" fish. It's a fascinating story in Idaho's effort to save and restore salmon, but in this case, the Nez Perce tribe pulled it off. "I give the tribe huge credit for being persistent and picking up this coho program and making it Read More…