Wednesday, April 4, 2012

News articles and links from April 4, 2012

Water supply

Corps to allow more water in Success Lake


From Porterville Recorder - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Coalition response...It is encouraging to see the Army Corps of Engineers working with local communities and continuing to evaluate the safety of the Success Lake dam. The additional water that can be stored is sorely needed, especially this year. An adequate and dependable water supply for all of California is important for farms, homes and businesses. Knowing more information about the composition of the Success Lake dam makes decisions to increase the amount of water being stored possible and further study should be encouraged. Safety is vital. One of the primary reasons the dam exists is to protect downstream residents and property from devastating floods. Other purposes include water supply and recreation and those uses are important to California jobs and the economy.


Water flows in Delta perplex scientists; create moment of Zen


By Patricia McBroom

From California Spigot - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Coalition response...After two years of study, National Research Council scientists concluded what the water user community has suspected for a long time: that multiple stressors exist that impact fish populations in the Delta. Throughout the report the scientists explain the negative impacts of predators, reduced water quality, poor ocean conditions and ammonia from cities. Water users have been citing these impacts for years but opponents of Delta pumping have refused to admit the severity of these factors. Instead, these critics have focused their efforts on reducing the pumping levels. The scientists said on Page 8 of their report--- "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."
The author's assertion that the SWRCB has already decided that 75% of the Sacramento River flow is needed to protect Delta fish and its ecosystem is wrong. In its statement accompany its report, the SWRCB emphatically stated that its report was conducted without considering other factors, such as the water needs of 25 million Californians. The NRC scientists also recognized the importance of including socioeconomic factors in any effort to resolve California's water issues. The scientists stated on Page 10--- "However, science cannot decide which choice is the best policy. That requires societal and political considerations as well and information on potential benefits and costs. Using the best science is only part of what is needed to resolve the competing interests."


Enough with the end-runs on key water issues


From Sacramento Bee - Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Snow survey reveals good and bad


From Porterville Recorder - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

IID directors look for audit of QSA funding


From Imperial Valley Press - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Flood plan worries Yuba-Sutter farmers


From Marysville Appeal-Democrat - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fish and Game apologizes, sends clarification


From Ukiah Daily Journal - Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Mixed messages


By John Bass

From Delta National Park - Tuesday, April 3, 2012

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