California moves toward single water tunnel under delta

San Francisco Chronicle – California is moving forward with its biggest water project in decades, a single tunnel beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that will help move Northern California water south to cities and farms, state water officials said Wednesday. The proposal piggybacks on plans by former Gov. Jerry Brown, who wanted to build a pair of 30-mile-long tunnels through the Read More…

Scientists explore connection between phosphorus and river water…

Lake County News – Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plants and animals. However, excessive phosphorus in surface water can cause explosive growth of aquatic plants and algae. This can lead to a variety of water-quality problems, including low dissolved oxygen concentrations, which can cause fish kills and harm other aquatic life. Rivers connect our terrestrial landscape with Read More…

delta stewardship council: Delta conveyance update

Maven's Notebook – At the December meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council, Carrie Buckman, Environmental Program Manager with the Department of Water Resources, gave an update on the Delta Conveyance project including the preparation of environmental documents; roles and responsibilities of the Delta Conveyance Design and Construction Authority and the Department of Water Resources; the Read More…

Delta smelt: the tiny fish caught in California’s war with Trump

The Guardian – Harbingers of a diminishing ecosystem, the smelt are almost extinct. Now, forces within the Trump administration could usher them into oblivion On a warm November morning, John Durand squints over the stern of a small research boat, and gestures toward gray-blue water, and the chaotic tangles of tube-like tule reeds. “Cache Slough right here had Read More…

Yurok Tribe: Bureau of Reclamation ditches 2019 water plan after…

KRCR – The Bureau of Reclamation announced plans November 15 to ditch the 2019 water plan and begin again, according to a press release by the Yurok Tribe. When the disastrous plan started in April, it caused drought-level water flows on the Klamath River, even as Upper Klamath Lake was flooding. The plan also caused an outbreak of a fatal fish disease in the river near the Iron Gate Read More…

Delta tunnels won’t get green light before Gov. Brown leaves…

Denton Daily – State officials pulled back on their effort Friday to secure project, all but ensuring that the controversial plan to re-engineer the West Coast’s largest estuary will remain in limbo after Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office. Facing a likely defeat, the Department of Water Resources withdrew its petition to the Delta Stewardship Council to have the project deemed in compliance Read More…

A Year Later, ‘Water Grab’ Plan Settlements Still Stuck

My Motherlode – A year later, issues triggered by a contentious plan by state water regulators to increase unimpaired river flows for the benefit of fish remain firmly mired in red tape. Last December, as reported here, the outgoing and incoming California state governors were trying to help facilitate stakeholder agreements ahead of the Water Board’s vote that passed its long-proposed Read More…

Fishing Groups, Tribes, Enviros Speak Out Against Grasslands Bypass…

Yuba Net – Today, representatives of fishing organizations, tribes, and environmental advocacy groups spoke against the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s proposed issuance of a 25 year permit to continue discharges of selenium and other toxins from commingled agricultural and stormwater runoff into the San Joaquin River and the San Francisco Bay Delta. These Read More…

Securing SoCal Water to Benefit NorCal Salmon

Hakai Magazine – Life is perilous for juvenile chinook salmon just starting their journey to the ocean: predatory striped bass lurk in gin-clear pools; low streamflows limit access to the shrimplike amphipods they feed on; downstream sloughs halt at dead ends. As young fish navigate from spawning grounds in California’s Feather River to the Pacific, climate change is further reducing the Read More…

Teton Basin launches aquifer recharge pilot

Intermountain Farm & Ranch – Farmers who divert from the Teton River Basin hope a new aquifer recharge pilot program will bolster late-season flows in the system and extend their irrigation season. The Idaho Water Resource Board secured a $60,600 grant to fund the pilot in 2020 and 2021. The grant was offered by the Columbia Basin Water Transactions Program, which is funded by Read More…