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California’s water-stealing Delta Tunnel plan is still on track – Draft environmental impact report to be released this week

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced that it will be releasing their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) early this week for the Delta Conveyance Project, AKA the embattled Delta Tunnel. Documents for federal review of the project will be released later this fall. “Modernizing how California moves water supplies across the Sacramento-San Joaquin […]

July 25th

CA native Winnemem Wintu and partners return winter-run chinook salmon eggs to McCloud River above Shasta dam

Drought Action Moves Endangered Salmon Back Into Their Historical Habitat For First Time Since Construction Of Shasta Dam The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on Monday celebrated the return of endangered winter-run Chinook […]

July 14th

Microplastics may pose a greater threat to the base of marine food webs

Microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic less than five millimetres in size — have been found in marine and freshwater animals ranging from tiny zooplankton to large whales. However, researchers are still struggling to understand the impact that microplastics are having on aquatic species. By Garth A Covernton, University of Toronto; Hailey Davies, University of […]

July 11th

Marine preserves restore ocean populations – nations need to move from pledges to realities

Billions of people around the world rely on the ocean for food, income and cultural identity. But climate change, overfishing and habitat destruction are unraveling ocean ecosystems. By Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Oregon State University The Conversation As a marine ecologist, I study ways to improve ocean conservation and management by protecting key areas of the ocean. […]

June 18th

More than 90% of the spring Chinook Salmon have died in one CA river

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has just published their monitoring report on 2021’s spring Chinook salmon run on Butte Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River in Northern California. By Dan Bacher The number of adult spring-run Chinooks that perished before spawning is worse than the preliminary estimate by the CDFW in October 2021, when the CDFW […]

June 1st

California Water Wars: Despite controversy, the Sites Reservoir water storage plan moves forward

Los Angeles, CA – The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), the main water wholesaler in Southern California, voted on April 12 to fund the next phase of planning for the controversial Sites Reservoir with $20 million of ratepayer money. By Dan Bacher If built, Sites Reservoir would be located on the west side of the Sacramento Valley, approximately […]

April 15th

Salmon are dying in California’s drought-stricken rivers, and the state dithers

As the record drought in California and the West continues and the Sacramento River watershed already begins to see die-offs of endangered Chinook salmon, Governor Gavin Newsom on March 29 announced that state, federal and local water leaders had reached “broad agreement” on a package of controversial voluntary agreements purported to provide additional water flows and new habitat […]

March 30th

The ocean abundance of Sacramento salmon tops last year, but adult river spawners remain low

Low numbers of adult fall-run Chinook salmon returned to spawn in the Sacramento River in 2021, but the ocean forecast abundance for fall Chinooks is better than last year, according to federal and state scientists at the annual Salmon Information meeting held virtually on March 2. By Dan Bacher The 2022 ocean abundance projection for Sacramento River fall […]

March 8th

Another devastating year for salmon and Delta fish forecasted (unless California officials take action)

As California continues to reel from a record drought, the US Bureau of Reclamation announced its initial 2022 water supply allocations for Central Valley Project contractors this week, pointing to another tough year for salmon and other fish populations in the Central Valley rivers and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. By Dan Bacher A recent scientific […]

February 27th

Klamath River dam removal process enters home stretch

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed removal of the lower four Klamath River dams yesterday, the biggest dam removal project in U.S. history. By Dan Bacher Here is the press statement from the Karuk Tribe, Yurok Tribe, American Rivers, Trout Unlimited, Institute for Fisheries Resources, California […]

February 26th

Environmental and tribal coalition files comments on Sites Reservoir after disastrous year for fish

A coalition of environmental and tribal groups, including Friends of the River, California Native Plant Society, AquAlliance and Save California Salmon, today submitted comments to the Sites Project Authority regarding the controversial Sites Reservoir project, currently proposed for construction in Colusa County on the west side of the Sacramento Valley. By Dan Bacher The comments came in […]

February 1st

Edge of Extinction: CA and feds release first captively produced Delta smelt into wild for the first time

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday issued a press release about Delta smelt raised in captivity being released into wild for first time. According to the release, the partners’ goal is “evaluate release strategies as part of broad efforts to secure and stabilize Delta smelt wild populations.” By Dan Bacher As I have written in article after […]

January 21st