Friday, March 30, 2012

News articles and links from March 30, 2012


Delta's woes: No easy fix, report finds


From Contra Costa Times - Thursday, March 29, 2012

From San Jose Mercury News - Thursday, March 29, 2012

Coalition response...This article does a good job in presenting the views of the NRC scientists. However, the statement by the law professor from Berkeley makes one wonder how clairvoyant the professor really is. Depending on who is asked the question, the statement could have been, "Critics of water diversions from the Delta were hoping the report would point a finger at the pumps, which it didn't." People need to carefully read the report and understand what it does and does not say before jumping to conclusions.

Bits and pieces


By Alex Breitler

From The Record - Thursday, March 29, 2012

Coalition response...There are many nuggets in the study. Others include:

"Introduced species have caused dramatic changes in habitat, prey, and predators of the listed fish species in the Delta. Introductions of nonnative species will continue into the future as management controls that substantially reduce risk are difficult and expensive to implement." --- Pages 7-8.

"Coastal ocean productivity is one of the most significant factors determining the ocean survival of juvenile salmon and the number of adult salmon that return to spawn. When ocean conditions are unfavorable for salmon and steelhead, those effects can be partially ameliorated by increasing the diversity of wild and hatchery salmon ocean entrance timing." --- Page 8.

"Consideration of the large number of stressors and their effects and interactions leads to the conclusion that efforts to eliminate any one stressor are unlikely to reverse declines in the listed species." --- Page 8.

There are even more nuggets; it just depends on what the reader is seeking.


Fingers crossed about the late-season snow


By Mark Grossi

From Fresno Bee - Thursday, March 29, 2012

March shaping up to be one of wettest in 80 years


From Petaluma Press Democrat - Thursday, March 29, 2012

NID: Dramatic improvement in water supplies


From YubaNet - Thursday, March 29, 2012

April 2 snow survey expected to show low snow water content


From ACWA - Thursday, March 29, 2012

Feinstein ends truce, restarts water wars


By Wayne Lusvardi

From Cal Watchdog - Thursday, March 29, 2012

Officials tout low-water ag projects


From Marysville Appeal-Democrat - Thursday, March 29

Eastern San Joaquin Valley picked for $5 Million in water quality funding


From Central Valley Business Times - Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lack of water plagues birds; thousands dying in Siskiyou's dry refuge marshes


From Redding Record Searchlight - Thursday, March 29, 2012


Prestigious panel agrees: Delta is stressed, with no easy fix


From Fresno Bee - Friday, March 30, 2012

From Sacramento Bee - Friday, March 30, 2012

Scientists: 'No silver bullet' to declining Delta


From Stockton Record - Friday, March 30, 2012

A fevered first reading of the NRC Bay-Delta report


By John Fleck

From Inkstain - Thursday, March 29, 2012


San Francisco Bay-Delta population of Longfin Smelt to be designated a candidate for ESA protection

Press release

From USFWS - Thursday, March 29, 2012


New bill would make confidential groundwater info public


From KQED - Thursday, March 29, 2012

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