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As CA drought continues, DWR announces plan to suspend Delta water quality standards

As the three latest fish surveys on the Delta reveal that the Delta smelt is virtually extinct in the wild, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced an initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation of 0 percent for state water contractors in 2022, with the exception of certain health and safety needs. By Dan Bacher DWR also announced several […]

December 3rd

Removal of four PacifiCorp dams on Klamath River slated to begin in early 2023

If all goes as planned, the removal of four PacifiCorp Dams on the Klamath River that have blocked salmon and steelhead migration for over 100 years will begin in early 2023, according to Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) Executive Director Mark Bransom. By Dan Bacher Branson spoke at a press briefing on Friday that also […]

November 19th

Fishery biologist Tom Cannon: Delta smelt are “likely virtually extinct in the wild”

I have reported every year for over a decade on the results of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fall Midwater Trawl Survey. For the past three years, no Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the entire Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, have been found in this survey. None have been found in the […]

November 18th

Action Alert: Tell CA to stop rubber stamping extinction! Support racial equality for salmon tribes

Last year during the height of California’s Drought, the California State Water Quality Control Board approved a plan that allowed the federal government to enact the Trump Water Plan without meeting California clean water laws, according to Regina Chichizola of Save California Salmon. This plan allowed over 80% of baby salmon to be killed in […]

November 14th

Countdown to Extinction: ZERO delta smelt found in October Midwater Trawl Survey for fourth year

Time is running out for the Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the entire Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. For the fourth October in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has caught zero Delta smelt in its Fall Midwater Trawl Survey of the Delta. By Dan Bacher The smelt is now near […]

November 12th

Update and action alert: California’s devastating plans for the water-stealong Delta Tunnel

If built, the Newsom Administration’s Delta Tunnel (Delta Conveyance) would be potentially the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. The multi-billion dollar project would hasten the extinction of endangered Delta  and longfin smelt, Central Valley steelhead, Sacramento winter run and spring run Chinook salmon, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as imperil salmon […]

November 8th

Cal water group spreads disinformation about disastrous chinook salmon fish kill

In a recent website post entitled “The Myths and Facts — Sacramento Valley Salmon,” (…) the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) attempts to minimize the impact of a big fish kill this summer on Butte Creek. By Dan Bacher The same assertions are found here on a later post. NCWA states:  “The return of spring-run Chinook to the holding […]

October 31st

California water crisis: Judge rejects Westlands Water District’s proposed permanent water contract

On October 27, Fresno Superior Court Judge D. Tyler Tharpe tossed out the Westlands Water District’s proposed permanent federal water contract from the Central Valley Project (CVP) that would have allocated roughly double the amount of water that Los Angeles residents use in a year. By Dan Bacher Tharpe found Westlands, the largest federal irrigation district in the […]

October 30th

Edge of Extinction: ZERO Delta smelt found in Sept 2021 during CDFW Fall Midwater Trawl Survey

For the fifth September in a row, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has caught zero Delta smelt in its Fall Midwater Trawl Survey (FMWT) throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Once the most abundant fish on the entire estuary, the fish is now near extinction in the wild, although UC Davis continues to […]

October 9th

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

Record spring salmon run on Butte Creek turns into disaster as most fish die before spawning

In a record drought year where nearly all juvenile Sacramento River winter run Chinook salmon are expected to die before spawning below Shasta Dam due to water mismanagement by the state and federal governments, the return of a record run of adult spring run Chinook salmon on Butte Creek this year was welcome news. By […]

August 1st

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