Thursday, July 21, 2011

News articles and links from July 21, 2011


Delta smelt population up – wet winters appears to have helped


From Sacramento Bee – Thursday, July 21, 2011

Coalition response...The increase in smelt numbers from last year is good news but we need to be careful in rushing to a reason for this bump in numbers. California has experienced an extraordinarily wet winter, with flood control operations running for seven months. Outflow conditions from the Delta have been far beyond any level that the water projects could possibly do under more normal conditions. It is unfortunate that only a DFG biologist and one environmental group were included as resources in this article. Additional data is available, including a five-year study (POD) that cost millions of dollars that concluded there are many factors affecting the species; indicating that not just one factor (flows) will provide the answer. A food supply that is not threatened by ammonium discharges into Delta waters will play a vital role and must not be overlooked.


Solution for water woes relies on success of Bay Delta plan


By Jim Beck

From Sacramento Bee – Thursday, July 21, 2011

It’s time to invest in California’s water infrastructure


By Tim Quinn

From Capitol Weekly – Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Paradox for the West’s Pumping System: Flood on the Top, Drought on the Bottom


From NY Times – Thursday, July 21, 2011


Central Valley Flood Risk


From YouTube – Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Karuk Tribe, others not part of suit; groups can’t intervene in Siskiyou water use case


From Redding Record Searchlight – Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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