From the California WaterBlog by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, in a post by Peter Moyle:
“Last summer I had the privilege of camping overnight with members of the Yurok Tribe on Blue Creek, one of California’s loveliest streams and an important cold-water refuge for migrating salmon and steelhead. …
“The Yurok, in partnership with the Western Rivers Conservancy of Portland, is well on its way toward acquiring from Green Diamond Resource Co.
From the San Francisco Chronicle Politics Blog by Carolyn Lochhead
“Four California Democrats, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, sent an urgent appeal Wednesday to the state Water Resources Control Board pleading for two-week delay in a decision that was expected Friday to slash water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmers.
“California’s persistent drought threatens to take a heavy toll on the environment as well as the economy. …
“The threats are as diverse as the environment itself. … Moreover, there are potential risks to water quality, fears of increased air pollution in the already dusty Central Valley, and a possible buildup of salinity in rivers that could be detrimental to fish and humans.”
“The Environmental Protection Agency is putting the brakes on the massive Pebble Mine project in Alaska, saying it endangers the finest wild salmon run on earth.
“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday her agency will look for ways to protect the salmon. In the meantime, the Army Corps of Engineers won’t be allowed to issue a permit for the mine.”
“Predictions for a robust king salmon haul buoyed California fishermen assembled Wednesday for a preseason meeting with state and federal regulators, even if forecasts fell short of last year’s projection.”
“The celebrated king salmon of the West Coast won’t be as abundant as last year, but ocean fishermen can still expect to reel them in by the score despite a third year of drought and potentially dire conditions in California rivers, fisheries biologists said Wednesday.”
“Eureka Dunes, a towering expanse of shifting slopes wedged between weathered mountains in the Mojave Desert, had a reputation as a campground, an off-road vehicle course and a home to a few plant species found no place else on Earth. …
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“DWR has released the report titled ‘Stipulation Study: Steelhead Movement and Survival in the South Delta with Adaptive Management of Old and Middle River Flows.’ This report documents results and conclusions of the 2012 Stipulation Study.”
“People on the West Coast have counted on fish hatcheries for more than a century to help rebuild populations of salmon and steelhead decimated by overfishing, logging, mining, agriculture and hydroelectric dams, and bring them to a level where government would no longer need to regulate fisheries.
“But hatcheries have thus far failed to resurrect wild fish runs.”
“A conservation group is working on a demonstration project in the Salinas River to inject science into an emotional argument about the best way to achieve flood protection for growers while maintaining critical habitat for endangered wildlife.”
From the California WaterBlog by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences in a post by Peter Moyle:
“California is in one of the most severe droughts in recent years. This means water agencies are under great pressure to sacrifice river flows meant to sustain fish and wildlife for increased water delivery to farms and cities.
“A fish species given top protections by the Endangered Species Act for more than 20 years has been proposed for delisting. The Modoc sucker, Catostomus microps, was classified endangered under the ESA in California in 1985. …
“The Oregon chub, found only in the Willamette River Basin, was proposed for delisting earlier this month.
“In his novella ‘A River Runs Through It,’ Norman Maclean writes that ‘not far downstream was a dry channel where the river had run once, and part of the way to come to know a thing is through its death.’
“In California, we too are coming know rivers through their deaths.”