From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) blog, in a post by NCWA Chair Bryce Lundberg:
“Despite recent rainfall in March, there will be significant surface water cutbacks in the Sacramento Valley during the third consecutive year of drought. Reduced water use by farms and wildlife refuges will directly impact wildlife habitat, rural communities and our economy.”
“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.”
“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will transport 100,000 juvenile Chinook salmon down the Sacramento River and release them into the San Francisco Bay on Wednesday as part of a five-year study to determine if the method increases survival rates.”
“Global mining giant Rio Tinto is pulling out of the Pebble Mine project in Alaska, the latest blow to the controversial plan to build an open pit mine in the best wild salmon stronghold in the world.”
“There’s at least one immediate benefit from the most recent storms that swept through California: Wildlife officials will temporarily stop transporting hatchery salmon by truck, and instead release those fish at the hatcheries following usual practice.”
From the Stockton Record Alex Breitler Environment blog:
“At today’s [April 3] State of Our Rivers Symposium in Stockton, fish biologist Stacy Sherman brought up the long-delayed habitat conservation plan that is supposed to improve conditions for fish migrating up the Calaveras River.”
“Environmental groups have notified the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that they plan to file a lawsuit over what they call a failure to adequately protect desert tortoises and other threatened species in the California desert.”
“The federal government on Thursday designated the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species, a long-anticipated announcement that politicians warned could set off a possible battle over states’ rights.
“The lesser prairie chicken is a species of grouse with feathered feet and striped plumage. It lives in Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado.”
“A few years ago, a vibrant 70 acres of ponds attracted thousands of ducks and other migratory waterfowl to the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area in northwest Riverside.
“The wetlands haven, once fed by recycled water from Riverside’s sewage treatment plant, has dried up, a casualty of virulent rainstorms three years ago that damaged a riverbed channel used to funnel water to the ponds.”
“Wildlife officials on Tuesday formally launched a massive trucking operation to move 30 million Sacramento River salmon toward the sea to help the fish avoid harmful river conditions caused by drought.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“To preserve agriculture, flood protection and wildlife habitat, the Knaggs Ranch project completed this month will help determine if floodplains doing double duty growing rice and other crops can also be used as nurseries for salmon.”