Delta Doozy: Delta Water Won’t Meet CWA Standards Post-Waterfix

25 January 2017 Discussions about California water supplies have too often become fact-free discourses that fail to advance an informed discussion. The State Water Contractors’ “Delta Doozy” series was launched in order to distinguish the facts from the fiction and promote constructive dialogue. Today’s Doozy comes in response to Restore the Delta’s statement regarding Governor … Continue reading “Delta Doozy: Delta Water Won’t Meet CWA Standards Post-Waterfix”

Headwaters of Smith River Protected

Message from KS Wild Cheers to wild rivers! Today, we are extremely excited to announce that Public Land Order 7859 was signed by Obama officials protecting the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers and Hunter Creek for 20 years from the threat of industrial strip mining! We could not have done it without your outstanding support by … Continue reading “Headwaters of Smith River Protected”

Emerging wastewater contaminant metformin causes intersex and reduced fecundity in fish

Nicholas J. Niemuth, Rebecca D. Klaper Highlights Fish were exposed to metformin at concentrations relevant to wastewater effluent. Exposure from early life stages to adulthood caused intersex in male fish. Exposure caused a reduction in fecundity and in overall size of male fish. Results suggest that metformin is a potential endocrine disruptor in the environment. … Continue reading “Emerging wastewater contaminant metformin causes intersex and reduced fecundity in fish”

REACTIONS to Secretary Jewell’s secretarial order directing federal actions on Cal Water Fix and the drought

January 5, 2017 Maven Yesterday, Secretary Jewell issued a Secretarial order, directing a number of things, including directing federal fish agencies to finish their work on the biological opinions for the California Water Fix by March of this year. From Congressman John Garamendi: “This is an outrageous attempt by the Secretary of the Interior to … Continue reading “REACTIONS to Secretary Jewell’s secretarial order directing federal actions on Cal Water Fix and the drought”

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Comment

From Restore the Delta: Today, the Delta Tunnels Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was released online. As we mentioned yesterday, this document is not a green light for the Delta Tunnels but rather should be understood as the submission of homework by sponsoring agencies (California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) … Continue reading “Bay Delta Conservation Plan Comment”

Too little water for salmon in state board’s proposal

By Paul Johnson December 9, 2016 Updated: December 11, 2016 I’ve been selling wild king salmon to some of the Bay Area’s most noted restaurants and home cooks for almost 40 years — when our local king (chinook) salmon are in season, my clients clamor for it. So I was happily surprised when, in mid-September, … Continue reading “Too little water for salmon in state board’s proposal”

Why are we sending precious water downstream for fish in the middle of a drought? Here’s why.

California is not merely a political jurisdiction drawn on a map. Even without the human artifice of state lines, it exists as a physically and ecologically distinct place, characterized and enriched by iconic species that live only here — the California condor, the giant sequoia, the golden trout, the coast live oak and hundreds of … Continue reading “Why are we sending precious water downstream for fish in the middle of a drought? Here’s why.”

SF Bay Ecosystem Collapsing as Rivers Diverted, Scientists Report

By Carolyn Lochhead October 7, 2016 Updated: October 8, 2016 7:03am WASHINGTON — Evidence of what scientists are calling the planet’s Sixth Mass Extinction is appearing in San Francisco Bay and its estuary, the largest on the Pacific Coast of North and South America, according to a major new study. So little water is flowing … Continue reading “SF Bay Ecosystem Collapsing as Rivers Diverted, Scientists Report”

Re: More on Russian River Fish Flow Project and Biologic Opinion

To be added to my previous musings on this subject Another aspect of this issue – that I had been recently pondering – related to the ISRP findings. They ISRP noted that,in part due to incision (the hungry water thing) in the mainstem RR – that many of the tribs are disconected from the mainstem … Continue reading “Re: More on Russian River Fish Flow Project and Biologic Opinion”

Re: Russian River Fish Flow Project and Biologic Opinion

Given this issues raised in the short discussion (below) there are policy implications that may (or should ) be applied to Russian River proposed low flow management (and the Biologic Opinion) First:  The Biologic Opinion and proposed low flow scenario were not privy to the findings of the ISRP.  They findings should be amended into … Continue reading “Re: Russian River Fish Flow Project and Biologic Opinion”