“The East Bay Municipal Utility District this month will begin diverting water from the Sacramento River for the first time ever, a clear sign that the drought is literally causing ripples across the state.”
“The first USGS streamgage in the country is turning 125 years old, and the U.S. Geological Survey, along with many partner agencies, is commemorating the event on Tuesday, April 22, with a celebration at the Embudo streamgage near Espanola.
“The final meeting of a panel exploring the next big Salinas Valley water project ended Thursday with a basic concept — move more water as far north as possible.
“The Regional Advisory Committee to the Monterey County Water Resources Agency has been meeting since last summer to devise a project that can address an important Salinas River water right that the state threatened to take away if a promised project was not constructed.”
“Another day beckons as the only postal worker in California who still delivers mail by boat heads out on the Delta to complete his appointed rounds. … Although mail delivery by water existed as far back as the early 1900s, overland routes gradually became the norm as communities grew and roads were built or improved.”
“The inventory of pollutants at the bottom of the Passaic River, which meanders for 90 miles through northern New Jersey, is long and truly frightening. … Now, after years of study, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a cleanup plan for a dangerously fetid eight-mile stretch from Belleville to Newark.”
“On popular free-flowing rivers, such as the Kings, Merced and California Salmon, would-be rafters and kayakers should look online to study flows and weather, talk to outfitters, and stay poised and ready to leap onto these streams in April and May. Once their thin snowpacks melt and flow down the canyons, they’ll be done.”
“Getting more people out on the San Lorenzo River can only boost efforts to protect it, which is why events like Saturday’s recreational paddle are critical. … The paddle event, organized by the San Lorenzo River Alliance, aimed to show citizens the recreational value of the river, and in doing so expose them to issues like water quality and habitat protection.”
“The organization ‘Friends of the Los Angeles River] rolled out a $500,000 mobile classroom, christened the River Rover, that will be used to teach students to appreciate the river as a drain for urban runoff that also feeds wetlands and wildlife habitat.”
“Since October, the Coastal Watershed Council has hosted a handful of specially permitted paddle days on the lower San Lorenzo River, which is currently off-limits due to an ordinance banning paddling within city limits.”
“On Monday, April 14, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project (CVP).”
“The federal government’s operation of Folsom and Nimbus dams is harming fall-run Chinook salmon and steelhead in the American River, several environmental and fishing groups allege in a complaint filed this week with the state.”
“After trying and failing for 25 years to get federal leaders to protect a stretch of the Mokelumne River above Pardee Lake with wild and scenic designation, local river advocates were thrilled Friday with notice that state leaders will at least consider it.