“They’re less slimy, and certainly less smelly, than a fish carcass would be. But the dry, brown pellets that biologists distributed Tuesday in a backwater channel of Dry Creek may prove to be the vitamin that once-prolific North Coast salmon streams need.”
From The Fresno Bee in the Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:
“Federal scientists studied mercury contamination in 21 Western national parks for years and last week announced bad news for Yosemite National Park — the worst-tainted fish in the entire study was in a lake not far from Tioga Road.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“Rain and snow from February and March storms have allowed the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to increase water contract allocations for State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from zero to five percent. Precipitation from these recent storms also eliminates the current need for rock barriers to be constructed in the Delta to prevent saltwater intrusion.
“A federal appeals court reinstated a challenge Wednesday from environmentalists to the government’s renewal of 41 long-term contracts for irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a suit seeking greater protection for the endangered delta smelt and other fish.”
“An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”
“A preliminary ruling by a Marin Superior Court judge Tuesday found the state’s Coastal Commission “abused its discretion” when it issued cease-and-desist orders against the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. that would require dismantling of the operation.”
“After two hours of arguments Wednesday morning, a Marin Superior Court judge said he will consider evidence before submitting a final ruling on a lawsuit addressing the state’s Coastal Commission cease-and-desist orders against the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.”
“By crunching data from the Central Valley, eBird can generate maps showing where virtually every species congregates in the remaining wetlands. … The BirdReturns program, financed by the Nature Conservancy, then pays rice farmers in the birds’ flight path to keep their fields flooded with irrigation water from the Sacramento River as migrating flocks arrive.
“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).”
Thumbs up to two Salton City-area elementary school students who stepped into the spotlight this past Tuesday in their effort to have the threatened California red-legged frog become an official state symbol.
“First came the urgent e-mail to two Cabinet secretaries from San Joaquin Valley farm interests, demanding that officials allow ‘maximum pumping’ of water from recent storms for agriculture and cities and minimize flows for endangered fish making their river migrations amid the worst drought in years.”