New approaches for responding to climate change in the Delta


From the Delta Science Program: “Climate change is one of many threats facing the San Francisco Bay-Delta region, and has the potential to dramatically alter ecosystem health and function on a vast scale. Among the many challenges facing resource managers are understanding what the specific impacts of climate change will be and the mitigation/accommodation options that could be available. To […]

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One fish, two forms, many questions


From the FishBio blog: “Genetically they are the same species, but rainbow trout and steelhead lead very different lives. These fish represent two separate life strategies of the species Oncorhynchus mykiss: a resident form that stays in freshwater (rainbow trout), and an anadromous form that migrates to the ocean (steelhead). For years, researchers have been unable to identify specific traits […]

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May Integrated Modeling Workshop Brought Together International Experts

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From the Delta Science Program: “The Delta Stewardship Council and the National Science Foundation sponsored an Integrated Modeling Workshop May 21-22 at the University of California, Davis, to explore ways to improve the development and application of modeling for multipurpose management of changing estuarine systems. “Like many estuarine systems, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta needs to revolutionize how models and data […]

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Latest Brown Bag Seminars Focus on Subsidence, Native Pondweed, and Data Integration

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From the Delta Science Program: “The Delta Stewardship Council’s Joint Brown Bag seminars convey the latest scientific research and information and are sponsored by the Council’s Science Program in conjunction with the Ecosystem Restoration Program and the Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program. The most recent three seminars focused on subsidence, native pondweed, and data integration. Subsidence California experiences two types […]

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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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Can predator control help native fish?


From the FishBio blog: “Even introduced, non-native fishes get their day on Capitol Hill. On June 3, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriation Act that requires consideration of predator control efforts in recovery plans for federal Endangered Species Act (ESA)-protected species. If this amendment passes the Senate, it could open up new […]

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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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Reclamation and USFWS Announce the Availability of $2.1 Million in Grants to Help Imperiled Species

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From the Bureau of Reclamation: The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announce the availability of approximately $2.1 million in grants to improve conditions for federally-imperiled species and their habitats impacted by the federal Central Valley Project. The CVP, owned and operated by Reclamation, is one of the world’s largest water storage and transport systems. The […]

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