Thursday, February 9, 2012

News articles and links from Feb. 9, 2012


It is Time to Restore Salmon to the San Joaquin River


By Monty Schmitt

From NRDC - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Coalition response... By his own admission, the author acknowledges that work has yet to be done to provide a clear pathway to the Delta and it is the responsibility of the state and federal fishery agencies to make a determination as to when conditions are suitable. Those agencies have not made that determination and ramping up the introduction of salmon will only cause the unnecessary loss of salmon. This is a surprising recommendation by an individual whose organization was part of the lawsuit.

Also, actions taken during the past years as part of the Restoration Program have had negative impacts on some farmers along the San Joaquin River. Flows sent down the river have caused seepage onto nearby land and flooded crops. Continued efforts in the program must take this impact into consideration. The timing of future water surges down the river must be managed in a way to avoid these negative consequences. While the water management goal actions are welcome, it is encouraging that during the last two years certain aspects of the water management goal actions have resulted in some mitigation of the impacts and the wet conditions have helped, but the author is just plain wrong in his assertion that there has been a net water supply benefit to farmers who gave up water to the restoration program.


Enlarging Shasta Lake feasible, U.S. report says


From SF Chronicle - Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

Rules, money blocking dam projects, officials say


From The Record - Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

Water rights: diversion or consumption?


By David Zetland

From Aguanomics - Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

Data shows snowpack at 37 percent of normal


From Siskiyou Daily News - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Upper District rallies for new kind of peripheral canal bill


From Pasadena Star-News - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Irrigation rules could get tighter in Siskiyou; DFG drops appeal of ruling that enforcement is too lenient


From Record Searchlight - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Out of town water baron is not what he seems


By Lois Henry

From Bakersfield Californian - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

Costa announces $6.8 million for Valley water projects

Press release

From Rep. Costa - Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012


Delta Stewardship Council live streaming video


From DSC


Wild salmon are not holding up, study shows


From NY Times - Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012

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