Completed Drought Contingey Plan called historic

White Mountain Independent – The leaders of Colorado River basin states are asking Congress to approve the newly adopted drought contingency plan that they admit is not a long-term solution to a dryer future and less water in the river. Officials of the seven states on Tuesday signed the request for what Brenda Burman, commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation called a historic Read More…

Like magic, these habitats disappear and reappear each spring

National Geographic – Ponds that vanish and reappear, animals that go dormant and return to life—vernal pools feel a bit like spring magic, but they’re 100 percent real. These ephemeral habitats, found along the U.S. West Coast and throughout the Northeast and Midwest, form in natural depressions that have suitable soil for holding water. (See our beautiful photos of spring Read More…

Western drought deal is a go, without IID and as Salton Sea clean-up…

Desert Sun – It's done. The Colorado River Board of California voted 8-1-1 Monday to sign on to a multi-state drought contingency plan, which, somewhat ironically, might not be needed for two years because of an exceptionally wet winter. The process was fractious until the very end, with blistering rebukes from the river's largest water user, and charges that state and federal laws were Read More…

One Increasingly Popular Way to Control Floods: Let the Water Come

KQED – In California’s Central Valley, 100 miles east of San Francisco, the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers meet. Their waters mingle amid a wide flat plain of shrubs, cottonwood and oak trees. The Dos Rios Ranch Preserve, 1,600 acres of wetlands, river habitat and rolling hills, sits at the site of this juncture. On clear days, the Sierra Nevada rises in the east and the Coast Range to Read More…

Blockchain Technology May Be Utilized for California Water Rights…

Bitcoin Exchange Guide – The Pacific Institute in Colorado is now to dip its hands into a few water-related endeavors, with the help of blockchain technology. A Bill 184 now has asked that the Institute consider the setting up of water banks or storages, water rights database management and also general administration. This is expected to begin as soon as it receives the funds it hopes to Read More…

Hundreds wade into complex, challenging world of California water

The Record – Hundreds of Bakersfield agriculture, oil and political leaders came together March 7 to examine the challenges and opportunities associated with providing California residents and businesses with a secure, reliable supply of clean water. Lest the wet winter create a sense of complacency around one of the state's most vital needs, specialists from various fields urged Read More…

Freshwater fishes and other threatened but overlooked biodiversity…

Mongabay – “Why on earth would anyone give up working on tigers to focus on freshwater fish?” is the question I am asked most frequently since becoming the Executive Director of Shoal, a new initiative for freshwater biodiversity. When I took up the role of leading WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative nine years ago, I may have thought the same. But after only five months getting Shoal Read More…

Options Discussed In Maintaining Flows For Chum Redds With Below…

Columbia Basin Bulletin – With continued low flows and less than average projected water supplies in the upper Columbia River basin, the interagency Technical Management Team this week began serious talks about how much longer minimum flows can be sustained that aid threatened chum salmon redds downstream of Bonneville Dam. Although the April through July water supply forecast for Lower Read More…

Fishing and river groups weigh in on the Voluntary Agreements

Maven's Notebook – Last week, the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted a proposal to the State Water Board as an alternative to the update of the Bay Delta Plan.  The submittal for the agreement was signed by 44 individuals, representing mainly water agencies and irrigation districts, but also included American Rivers, Environmental Defense Fund, Read More…

Voluntary agreements shared with State Water Board. Will they replace…

The Modesto Bee – The top state agencies that manage water and wildlife resources in California submitted a package of voluntary agreements with water districts to the State Water Resources Control Board on Friday, as an alternative to controversial flow requirements approved in December for the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers. The agreements, hammered out in the waning hours of Read More…