Friday, November 16, 2012

News articles and links from November 16, 2012


By Monty Schmitt
From NRDC - Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

Coalition response...A fact that the author conveniently omits is that salmon return to the San Joaquin River every year, thanks to the work done on the tributary waterways. The salmon he references near the confluence of the Merced River is likely a part of this every-year occurrence.

The restoration effort comes with a price tag of approximately $1 billion. Thus far about a $100 million have been spent and not one construction project has been completed. Also, claiming that farmers will benefit from the restoration effort is premature, at best. Farmers in the Friant Division gave up a portion of their water supply for the restoration on the assurance that part of the water would be returned to them. We are still awaiting those plans that will return the water.


From Red Bluff Daily News - Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

California response...Critics continue to blame diversions of water flowing through the Delta for the decline of salmon numbers in recent years. They repeatedly fail to reference other factors that scientists are pointing to that have a more significant impact on salmon. Scientists from the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service have identified poor ocean conditions---warm temperatures and reduced food supply---as the leading cause of the salmon population decline.

Since the adoption of CVPIA, studies conducted by the California Department of Fish & Game and UC Davis have shown a strong increasing trend in the abundance of warm water predatory fish in the Delta, including largemouth bass, that feed on juvenile salmon as they make their way through the Delta. The result is predator species consuming and replacing native fish species in the Delta ---


From Modesto Bee - Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

(This story previously ran in the Fresno Bee.)
From Desert Sun - Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

From Desert Sun  - Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012


From ACWA - Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

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