TID joins other agencies in lawsuit challenging river flows

Turlock Journal – After the State Water Resources Control Board voted in December to approve a vehemently-opposed plan set to increase unimpaired flows along local rivers, local legislators and water agencies vowed to take the case to court — a promise which came true Thursday as the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority filed a lawsuit challenging the decision. The plan, known as the Read More…

San Francisco sues state over potentially drastic water reductions

San Francisco Chronicle – The city of San Francisco is not standing down in California’s latest water war, joining a lawsuit against the state on Thursday to stop it from directing more of the Sierra Nevada’s cool, crisp flows to fish instead of people. City officials contend the State Water Resources Control Board is overreaching with a new, sweeping plan to restore California’s Read More…

Dam removal DEIR finds no significant long-term water quality concerns

Mt. Shasta News – Plans for the removal of three dams on the Klamath River in California cleared another regulatory hurdle when state officials released a draft environmental impact report that found no significant long-term water quality concerns. The proposed EIR will be available for public comment through Feb. 26. The 1,800-page report completed by the state Water Resources Control Read More…

State regulation would broaden wetlands rules

Ag Alert – Saying that it will continue to protect environmentally sensitive waterways such as wetlands in California, even if federal protections on waters of the U.S. are limited, the State Water Resources Control Board has unveiled a final draft on how it plans to regulate dredge-and-fill activities in the state. The draft, released last week, provides a definition of what the state Read More…

Legal Petition Urges Feds to Severely Restrict Pesticides in…

Center for Biological Diversity – The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today to prohibit nearly all uses of pesticides in areas designated as critical habitat for endangered species, including whooping cranes and Puget Sound orcas. The petition calls for the federal agencies to use their authority under Read More…

As The State’s Snowpack Declines, Cloud Seeding Takes Off In…

Colorado Public Radio – Some solutions to climate change and drought are more, well, science fiction-y than others. Take cloud seeding, the science of manipulating clouds to dump more snow and water. CPR listener Paula Yunker of Edwards was curious if the technology was actually real, and if it was, how cloud seeding worked and if there were any environmental downsides. Yunker posed her Read More…

2019 Will Be a Big Year for Water

The Revelator – In the last few weeks of 2018, the Trump administration set the stage for a big battle over water in the new year. At stake is an important rule that defines which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. The Trump administration seeks to roll back important protections for wetlands and waterways, which are important to drinking water and wildlife. This is just one Read More…

Will California’s new governor change the state’s water course?…

Finger Lakes Times – In the final weeks of California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration, his appointees on a state board ordered some powerful water districts to cut their river diversions to protect endangered salmon populations. It was a major move by a panel that in the past has often been leery of flexing its regulatory muscles. But while the State Water Resources Control Board Read More…

Chinook salmon get more protections from Snake, Columbia river dams

Seafood Source – An agreement signed by state, federal, and trial officials after many years of deliberations has resulted in changes to the spill policies on the Snake and Columbia rivers that will benefit young salmon, according to The Seattle Times. While the agreement is expected to increase the chance of survival of young fish, it was also careful to take into account the needs of Read More…

Officials seek dam upgrades in Alpine Lakes Wilderness to help…

The Seattle Times – Officials are calling for the automation of little-known mountain dams in the famous Enchantments area near Leavenworth, as they try to provide a better flow to Icicle Creek, its languishing fish, Wenatchee Valley orchards and the city of Leavenworth, which all rely on the creek’s cold waters. After six years of considering its options, the Icicle Working Group Read More…