Friday, August 23, 2013

News articles and links from August 23, 2013

Trinity River

From: Dan Nelson, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority

Today's decision by Judge O'Neill to lift the temporary restraining order which prevented the release of water from Trinity Reservoir results in a significant decrease in the harm originally expected to occur. Yesterday, the United States reduced their stated need of up to 109,000 acre-feet of water, which they claimed just last week was the amount necessary, to now only 20,000 acre-feet. Clearly the scientific justification they provided last week just couldn't hold up.

From: Catherine Wong, Eureka Times-Standard

Trinity River water will be released to protect salmon after a federal judge lifted his order Thursday afternoon, finding the additional flows critical to preventing a repeat of the massive fish kill from 2002.

From: Associated Press, Sacramento Bee  
From: Associated Press, San Jose Mercury News
From: Associated Press, KFMB-TV 8

A U.S. District judge ruled late Thursday that water can be released from Northern California's Trinity Reservoir to prevent a salmon kill in the lower Klamath River, but the amount of water involved will be far less than the federal government initially asked for.

From: Bob Egelko, SF Chronicle

A federal judge late Thursday allowed the government to release water into the Klamath River to protect spawning salmon, saying the danger of a major fish kill outweighed the loss of irrigation water to Central Valley farmers.

From: Damon Arthur, Redding Record Searchlight
From: Damon Arthur, Chico Enterprise-Record

A federal judge this afternoon reversed his earlier ruling and approved sending more water down the Trinity River to help spawning Chinook salmon.

From: Mark Grossi, Hispanic Business  

A Members of two Northern California tribes Tuesday demonstrated at Westlands Water District, asking district officials to drop their lawsuit against water releases that would protect a large run of salmon.

From: Grant Scott-Goforth, North Coast Journal

Trinity River water will flow. The Fresno judge who issued a restraining order on extra releases from the Trinity Reservoir last week ruled this afternoon to lift the restraining order.

From: Bob Haagerson, KFSN-TV 30 

A federal judge ruled the needs of salmon in a Northern California river outweighed the needs of farmers in the Westlands Water District.

Water Supply

From: Antoine Abou-Diwan, Imperial Valley Press

Participation in the Imperial Irrigation District's water apportionment plan is slowly growing.

More than 42 percent of the Equitable Distribution Plan's water apportionment acceptance forms have been turned in, which corresponds to roughly the same percentage of farmable acres in the Imperial Valley, said Ben Brock, assistant water manager with the IID.

Salton Sea

From: Matt Williams, ACWA

A new interagency report released this week details a long-term plan for studying and measuring changes at the Salton Sea.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From: Maven, Maven's Notebook

At the Delta Stewardship Council's meeting on August 22, Karla Nemeth, project manager, and Gordon Enas, engineer, were there to brief council members on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).  The presentation included an overview of the project and how it fits in to the Delta Plan as well as a in-depth discussion of the capacity of the tunnels.

From: Mary S. Fuller, Sacramento Bee

Re "Tunnels are far from perfect" (Letters, Aug. 22) and "Climate report warns on seas" (Page A1, Aug. 20): Given the belief that the ocean's level is rising, wouldn't it make more sense to invest money in desalination of its water instead of the Delta tunnel project?


From: Steve Carson, Chico Enterprise-Record

The Sacramento River salmon bite remains excellent, with numerous boats hitting the water every day this week.

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