Category Archives: FEATURES

South Delta Survival Studies in 2015

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Written by Pat Brandes, supervisory fish biologist in the Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office, Lodi, Calif. During the spring of 2015, the Lodi Fish and Wildlife Office participated in two salmonid survival studies. The studies estimated juvenile salmon and steelhead survival through the lower San Joaquin River and Delta. The studies will identify route distribution, route specific survival and total […]

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Fish Restoration Program update: Prospect Island, Decker Island, and more Delta restoration news


From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW): Prospect Island EIR Progress FRP staff and consultants continue to develop the Prospect Island Tidal Habitat Restoration Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR), in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The EIR analyzes project alternatives and stakeholder input as part of the […]

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Latest issue of the San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science Journal looks at water storage, water rights, hatcheries and more …

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Articles in the peer-reviewed journal look at water storage and snowpack in drought, Central Valley water rights in a changing climate, hatchery releases, and land use in the Delta ESSAY Storage in California’s Reservoirs and Snowpack in this Time of Drought Authors: Michael D. Dettinger and Michael L. Anderson RESEARCH California Central Valley Water Rights in a Changing Climate Author: […]

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No scapefish in drought wars


By: Ariel Rubissow-Okamoto: According to the Biblical book of Leviticus, the ancient Israelites designated a goat to bear the weight of their sins. Nowadays, the scapegoat is not required to be a goat. When it comes to assessing blame for the worsening California drought, a scapefish will suffice. Some media outlets, notably the Wall Street Journal in a recent op-ed […]

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Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee: Actionable Delta Science


The interagency committee charged with implementation of the Delta Plan endorses a list of high priority science actions for the Delta By: Chris “Maven” Austin As implementation of the first Delta Plan enters its third year, the Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee held the first of two semi-annual meetings on May 11, 2015. The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) […]

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The Delta Challenges Workshop

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Four former Delta lead scientists take on a challenge: Describe the Delta’s challenges, complexities, and controversies in just 20 pages By Maven, Maven’s Notebook The mission, should you choose to accept it, is this, they said: “Prepare a report in which they will describe concisely why the Delta is such a complex system, what is known with confidence about the […]

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The uncertain future of the Delta smelt


From the FishBio blog: “The lowest ever recorded index of abundance for delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) was reported earlier this year in the results from the 2014 California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fall Midwater Trawl (FMWT) of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, raising questions about the future survival of the species. In addition, all other species reported, with […]

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