Monday, May 9, 2011

News articles and links from May 9, 2011

Calif. water plan for delta full of holes


From SF Chronicle – Monday, May 9, 2011

Water plan’s leaky as a sieve


From SJ Mercury News – Sunday, May 8, 2011

Can a Water Plan Work Without an Environmental Goal


By Felicity Barringer

From NY Times – Friday, May 6, 2011

Thompson, Wolk agree with delta panel


From Woodland Daily Democrat – Saturday, May 7, 2011

(NOTE: The following is in response to the above articles.)

Coalition response...It was no surprise that the National Research Council concluded that gaps exist in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan since the plan they reviewed was not complete. Several revised versions have been released since the version that NRC reviewed and there will be others as further study is conducted. More important are the words spoken by the NRC scientists when they termed the science being used to develop the BDCP as “sound” and that BDCP planners should not start over again.

Water contractors sue to block commercial salmon season


By Dan Bacher

From IndyBay Media – Sunday, May 8, 2011

Coalition response...The claim that “Science clearly shows...” is a pick-and-choose effort that ignores recent scientific reports. A 2010 study by Dr. Patricia Glibert revealed that ammonia discharges into the Delta are killing off the food supply that Delta smelt depend upon. Dr. Charles Hanson in 2009 concluded that striped bass consumes 21 to 42 percent of endangered winter- and spring-run juvenile salmon, respectively. By comparison, other studies show the state and federal water projects took less than 3 percent.

Additionally, from 2000 to 2010 NOAA Fisheries authorized commercial harvest of winter-run Chinook salmon that was 20 to 25 times greater than the rate that was imposed on the operation of the CVP and SWP. NOAA Fisheries authorized commercial harvest to incidentally “take” an average of 25 percent of the winter-run population, while at the same time require drastic water supply cuts of CVP and SWP supplies if export operations “take” 1 percent of the same species. Why the double standard for take limits that could harm the long-term survival of endangered salmon?


Setting MID record straight


By Wil Hunter

From Merced Sun-Star – Monday, May 9, 2011

Meetings on Don Pedro relicensing


From Modesto Bee – Monday, May 9, 2011

For some, farming is fruitless pursuit


From SD Union-Tribune – Saturday, May 7, 2011

Los Vaqueros Reservoir expansion called future of water storage


From Contra Costa Times – Saturday, May 7, 2011

Save our crops


From Fresno Bee – Saturday, May 7, 2011

La Nina brings flood risks and drought to the West


From Redding Record Searchlight – Sunday, May 8, 2011


Delta Stewardship Council to meet May 12-14


From Aquafornia – Monday, May 9, 2011

State parks proposal would build Delta recreation facilities


From Sacramento Bee – Monday, May 9, 2011


Feds blame farmers for Russian River fish kill


From Santa Rosa Press-Democrat – Friday, May 6, 2011


Lawsuit continues to flow


By Harold Kruger

SSJID et al sues to protect Chinook salmon from federal government


From Manteca Bulletin – Sunday, May 8, 2011

Irrigation district s seek closure of commercial salmon season off California, Oregon


From LA Times – Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lawsuit seeks to stop salmon fishing


From Contra Costa Times – Friday, May 6, 2011

Group sues to halt California salmon fishing season

TV news

From Fresno Bee – Friday, May 6, 2011

From ABC10- - Friday, May 6, 2011

From KGET17 – Friday, May 6, 2011

From Modesto Bee – Saturday, May 7, 2011

From Redding Record Searchlight – Friday, May 6, 2011

From The Record – Friday, May 6, 2011

From SF Chronicle – Friday, May 6, 2011

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