Friday, September 16, 2011

News articles and links from Sept. 16, 2011


Environmental toxins in San Francisco Bay could increase with Delta water plan


From Contra Costa Times - Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

From San Jose Mercury News - Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

Coalition response...This selenium question is not new to those involved in the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as indicated by spokeswoman Karla Nemeth. The analysis by BDCP researchers is moving forward and is expected to provide science-based answers rather than to raise unanswered questions by jumping to conclusions or providing less than full disclosure. The full story regarding the BDCP study reviewed by government scientists last year is that the study was interim and already under revision when the scientists conducted their review. During a press conference by members of the scientific review panel, they acknowledge that the study was undergoing an updating. Understanding the full circumstances surrounding the review of the BDCP study is important, just as allowing the BDCP analysis to continue to completion.

The "dramatic reductions" in selenium discharged from farm fields into the Delta is significant and needs full disclosure. The 100,000 acres in the Grassland Drainage Area south of Dos Palos has been underway for years as a cooperative effort by farmers, public water agencies and State and federal agencies. From 1995 to 2010, selenium discharges have plummeted 87%. Salt and boron discharges have also dropped, 72% and 64% respectively.


Californians are fighting a big war over a little fish


From Washington Examiner - Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

Early winter prediction: La Nina making a big comeback


By Ken Clark

From AccuWeather - Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

New Melones would be drained


From Modesto Bee - Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011


The X2 files


By Brandon Middleton

From Pacific Legal Foundation - Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

Sept. 16 is X-day for Delta smelt case


By Wayne Lusvardi

From Cal Watchdog - Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

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