Tuesday, September 20, 2011

News articles and links from Sept. 20, 2011


Delta water grab fears unfounded, says U.S. resources chief


From Contra Costa Times - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

From SJ Mercury News - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Coalition response...The response to Secretary Salazar's welcoming words that a SWRCB study calls for more water to flow through the Delta is misleading. Last year's study was in direct response to legislative direction that limited what researchers could address in their study. Here is what the study said:

"The State Water Board did not solicit information on the need for water for other beneficial uses, including the amount of water needed for human health and safety, during the informational proceeding. Nor did the State Water Board consider other policy considerations, such as the state goal of providing a decent home and suitable living environment for every Californian."

"It is not the State Water Board's intent that these criteria be interpreted as precise flow requirements for fish under current conditions, but rather they reflect the general timing and magnitude of flows under the narrow circumstances analyzed in this report. As physical changes occur to the environment and our understanding of species' needs improves, the long-term flow needs will also change. Actual flows should be informed by adaptive management. Only the underlying principles for the numeric criteria and other measures are advanced as long term recommendations."

In other words, this study should not be used to formulate policy without further research.

(Secretary Salazar's speech to the Commonwealth Club is available by clicking here.)


Salazar: Klamath dam removal will cost far less


From Fresno Bee - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

From Modesto Bee - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

From Appeal-Democrat - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Salazar: Klamath dam removal cheaper than forecast


From Eureka Times-Standard - Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar jabs GOP on San Joaquin River pact


From LA Times - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Homeward bound: The areas of origin


By John Howard

From California Water Wars - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

All-American Canal silt removal estimated at $2.5 million, but not for IID


From IV Press - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Reclamation releases environmental documents for the San Luis drainage feature reevaluation demonstration treatment facility

Press release

From USBR - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011


Judge backs humans over fish in Delta


By Wayne Lusvardi

From Cal Watchdog - Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

Delta Independent Science Board releases comments on the fifth draft of the Delta Plan


From Aquafornia - Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

BDCP update: Fish facilities technical team technical memorandum now available


From Aquafornia - Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

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