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California’s Hyatt hydropower plant taken offline as Lake Oroville drops to lowest-ever recorded water level

Yesterday, California DWR State Water Project operations managers took the Hyatt Powerplant at Lake Oroville offline as the lake dropped to its lowest-ever recorded water level. By Dan Bacher The current water level is only 641.39 feet above sea level, approximately 259.61 feet from maximum pool. The lake is holding 860,338 acre-feet of water, 24 percent of […]

August 9th

River flows increase on Trinity and Lower Klamath Rivers to help Spring Chinook during drought

River flows are increasing on the Trinity and Lower Klamath Rivers to help spring-run  Chinook salmon survive during this year’s unprecedented drought, according to a Yurok Tribe press release. By Dan Bacher “Originating from Lewiston Dam, the 3-day pulse flow is intended to reduce river temperatures in the Lower Trinity River where adult spring-run Chinook salmon […]

August 4th

Climate emergency: Nearly all the chinook salmon in the Sacramento River will die

A drumbeat of climate-fueled heatwaves, compounded by water management practices, will likely kill nearly all juvenile chinook salmon in the Sacramento River, California wildlife officials warn. “It’s an extreme set of cascading climate events pushing us into this crisis situation,” California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Jordan Traverso told reporters. Salmon need river water […]

July 16th

When the water runs out: Climate change and water crisis threaten the future of native tribes, fish & farmers

Climate change is inflaming a long-simmering conflict over water in the Klamath River Basin. Jeremy Deaton and Briana Flin Nexus Media News Except for a brief stint in the military, Paul Crawford has spent his entire life farming in southern Oregon. First, as a boy, chasing his dad through hayfields and now, growing alfalfa on […]

July 15th

Dive into Shark Week 2021

Join us for Shark Week July 11-18, 2021 as we celebrate one of the ocean’s top predators. Sharks play a key role in food web and help ensure the balance of ocean ecosystems. By NOAA NOAA Fisheries manages commercial and recreational shark fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean. We work with three regional fishery management councils to conserve and sustainably manage sharks in […]

July 14th

California DFW: ‘nearly all’ Sacramento River winter chinook salmon juveniles could perish this year

On July 6, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife published an update on the status of federally and state protected winter-run Chinook salmon that warns “it is possible that nearly all in-river juveniles will not survive this season” as the cold water pool in Lake Shasta is depleted earlier than modeled because of increased downstream water deliveries during the hot […]

July 9th

Good news for salmon: FERC approves transfer of Klamath River dam license from PacifiCorp to Klamath Renewal Corporation

In a big step toward the removal of four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today approved the transfer of the license for the Lower Klamath Hydroelectric Project (Project) from PacifiCorp to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation and the states of Oregon and California, as co-licensees. By Dan Bacher The approval […]

June 18th

California Drought: Major spike in dead juvenile salmon on Klamath River reported by Yurok Fisheries Department

The already horrific juvenile fish kill on the Klamath River in this unprecedented drought year is getting even worse. On Friday, June 4, the Yurok Fisheries Department’s Fish Disease Monitoring Crew counted 361 dead juvenile Chinook salmon in a rotary screw trap on the Klamath River, near Weitchpec. By Dan Bacher “This is by far the single […]

June 7th

California salmon face extinction unless the State Water Board adopts an emergency rescue plan

Below is my brief  testimony yesterday morning to the State Water Resources Control Board in support of the emergency water plan to save California salmon from extinction, submitted by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, California Water Impact Network and Save California Salmon. By Dan Bacher My name is Dan Bacher, an independent investigative journalist focusing […]

June 2nd

Hearing date scheduled for California state water project’s secret “Monterey Amendments” cases

The 3rd District Court of Appeals will hear arguments for two California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) appeals on July 19, 2021A combined hearing has been set for the “Monterey Plus” and “Kern Water Bank” appeals, aka Central Delta Water Agency v. DWR and Center for Food Safety v. DWR, aka “Central Delta I” and “Central Delta II,” according to […]

May 30th

Fishing and environmental groups join Winnemem Wintu Tribe in opposing Shasta Dam raise

The Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA), California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) and other fishing groups, environmental justice organizations and environmental NGOs recently signed on to this letter to Secretary Deb Haaland supporting the Winnemem Wintu tribe’s opposition to raising Shasta Dam and supporting compensating the tribe for its loss of ancestral lands that were inundated by the construction of Lake […]

May 28th