Latest Delta smelt Stories

2011-05-13 15:12:00

NOVATO, Calif., May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In his most outrageous performance yet, Congressman Devin Nunes, the southern San Joaquin Valley Republican lawmaker who accuses environmentalists of being Communists and attacks water officials who negotiate environmental agreements as sell-outs, has introduced a new bill that would eliminate or weaken most protections for the collapsing Bay-Delta ecosystem. HR 1837, the San Joaquin Valley Reliability Act, introduced on May 11, would...

2010-07-21 14:47:00

NOVATO, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the State Water Resources Control Board released its long awaited draft report, identifying new flow criteria for the endangered Delta ecosystem. The report recognizes that the Delta ecosystem is getting far less water than is needed to protect public trust resources, and recommends new flow criteria that would significantly improve conditions in the estuary, based in large part on analyses and recommendations developed by The Bay Institute....

2010-05-18 08:22:30

Study suggests pollution reductions could help restoration efforts A new study to be published in the academic journal Reviews in Fisheries Science recommends that efforts to restore the endangered California delta smelt and other declining pelagic fish should more sharply focus on reducing nutrient pollution to the species' native waters. The research indicates these fish populations would greatly benefit from reductions in the amount of nitrogen flowing into the Sacramento-San Joaquin...

2010-03-21 08:05:00

The National Academy of Sciences released a report on Friday stating that federal limits on water that can be pumped out of a major river delta for California farmers are scientifically justified. Environmentalists in the state's epic water wars have praised this report.  However, the academy stopped short of handing out decisive victory to environmental interests over agriculture interests. According to the group, further study is needed and Chinook salmon, delta smelt and other...

2010-03-16 16:33:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Water Contractors, a statewide organization representing 27 public water agencies in California, released a new analysis today quantifying how regulatory restrictions, theoretically designed to protect endangered fish species, have severely impacted our state's water supply. Clearly demonstrating the mounting water crisis and profound problems within our existing water delivery infrastructure, the regulatory restrictions imposed on...

2010-02-26 13:31:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Department of Water Resources announced today that public water agencies are projected to receive 15 percent of their contracted water supply for 2010, up from its previous five percent projection. While this is an early estimate that may change throughout the year, it is indicative of the troubled state of our water supply. The low allocation is partially due to the increased pumping restrictions on the State Water Project because...

2010-02-17 13:36:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta (Coalition), Kern County Water Agency, Mirant Delta LLC (Mirant Delta), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have agreed to settle a legal dispute surrounding operation of Mirant's Contra Costa and Pittsburg power plants. The settlement provides for increased monitoring of the aquatic impacts of power plant operations and a specified timeframe to complete consultation with the U.S. Fish and...

2009-10-15 17:37:00

FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Warning that the federal government is mismanaging the delta smelt into extinction, the Council for Endangered Species Act Reliability (CESAR), a nonprofit public interest group, filed suit today to compel the United State Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to declare these tiny, embattled fish an endangered species with all of the protections that federal law provides. At present, delta smelt are only listed as a threatened species. "There is no...

2009-06-04 18:47:00

Additional Regulatory Restrictions Cut Water Supply for People, Businesses & Farms SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Additional restrictions on the state's water projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) were announced today, further reducing the amount of water available to people, businesses and farms throughout California. The California Department of Water Resources has initially forecasted that these restrictions will cut approximately 10 percent in statewide...

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