From The Sacramento Bee, in California Sketches by Stephanie Taylor:
“Nothing symbolizes ‘made in California’ more than the iconic salmon. Chinook salmon, born in inland watersheds, migrate to the sea to mature and return to where they were born, to reproduce. But their access to natural spawning grounds in the foothills and mountains is prevented by dams on most of California’s waterways. The salmon’s fight for survival on the American River exemplifies the consequences of man engineering nature.
“Former Vice President Al Gore gave a talk Tuesday at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. It was a spirited extension of his 2006 film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ the jeremiad about climate change. …
“Anyone who lives in Sacramento has the nagging knowledge that we are the second-most vulnerable to flooding city in the United States.
“What is a LAFCO? Until this week, many local residents would have been hard-pressed to answer this question. Yet on Wednesday, a majority of the appointees to the Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission demonstrated why it is important for counties to have strong and principled LAFCOs.”
“Biomass. Wet resources. Manure. Each of Van Groningen’s milking cows produce 120 pounds of combined manure and urine each day. That’s plenty wet resources and more than enough to stock an advanced new dairy digester that produces and collects biogases to generate renewable electricity for SMUD.”
“Hundreds of people watched this morning as the first salmon of the season made their way up the fish ladder at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. The salmon were the first of about 6,000 in the American River expected to swim into the hatchery this year to spawn.”
“The city of Sacramento is positioning itself to become the capital region’s water conservation leader, a dramatic shift after decades of opposition to even basic conservation ideas like water meters.
“On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously adopted a 150-page water conservation plan that will invest millions of dollars in a host of new measures, some normally associated with thirsty desert cities.”
“The fish ladder at Nimbus Hatchery on the American River opens Monday, and salmon are reportedly piling up waiting to use it. …
“The fish ladder leading to the hatchery is a great place to view the run, and visitors can stand alongside the ladder while the big salmon jump into the hatchery. The ladder is scheduled to open at 10:45 a.m. Monday.”
“With the arrival of residential water meters, Sacramentans are feeling extra pressure to conserve. The shock of seeing how much water they really use, and its price tag, is enough to prompt rapid action. …
“Property Assessed Clean Energy is a federal program that allows homeowners to pay for conservation upgrades via installments added to their property tax payments.”
From the California WaterBlog, in a post by William Fleenor and Robyn Suddeth:
“The Yolo Bypass presents one of the most promising opportunities to restore floodplain habitat for native fish in the Central Valley. The 57,000-acre floodway protects Sacramento and the southern Sacramento Valley from floods in wet winters and is farmed each summer.
“The House of Representatives will consider a water infrastructure bill next week that would authorize the completion of levee improvements in Sacramento, a vote delayed by the now 16-day-old partial government shutdown.”
“On October 15, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order denying the Petition for Rehearing filed by Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority (“TCCA”), which requested rehearing or rehearing en banc of the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in the case of Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority v. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, et al., Case No.
“Some of the oldest and most picturesque bridges in the Sacramento region are quietly fading away. …
“Sacramento County – home to numerous small bridges over rivers, creeks and Delta sloughs – revealed plans last week to spend $81 million in federal funds to replace 13 bridges and rehab another over the next five years.”
“The successful navigation of the sometimes impenetrable federal bureaucracy is one example cited by Roseville officials of their stepped-up efforts to influence state and federal issues and, if needed, assist local businesses entangled in red tape. …
“Last year, facing stiff new state regulations for handling stormwater, the city recruited other local governments to oppose the rules.”
“Sen. Barbara Boxer said Tuesday that the week-long federal government shutdown has delayed a vote in the House of Representatives on legislation that would help finish improvements to Sacramento’s levee system.”