Latest Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta Stories

California's Aging Levees Being Watched Over By NASA Radar
2014-04-02 14:04:08

Carol Rasmussen, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory One morning in 2008, research scientist Cathleen Jones of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., was flying over the San Andreas fault near San Francisco, testing a new radar instrument built at JPL. As the plane banked to make a turn, she looked down to see the Sacramento River delta, a patchwork of low-lying lands crisscrossed by levees. Jones was using an instrument that can measure tiny movements of the ground on the...

2011-08-17 18:02:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The future of California's water supply is anything but clear. A recent survey from infrastructure firm HNTB Corporation finds that just one-third of the Golden State's residents realize flooding is a threat, and many Californians aren't aware levees play a crucial role in preventing them. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click...

2011-02-15 15:16:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delta Stewardship Council released the first draft of its 50-year plan to revitalize the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. After reviewing the plan, Allen Short, the General Manager of the Modesto Irrigation District, has serious concerns. "Unfortunately the draft plan as released has yet to define several key components essential to the long-term balance of the Delta. The cost to water and electric rate payers throughout California...

2010-08-04 18:29:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Delta Stewardship Council released a survey today at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZFRFMYK to hear from a variety of Californians about how this new independent state agency, charged with creating a working plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, can best communicate with them. The Legislature created the council via a bill that was approved last fall. The legislation was part of a comprehensive package to overhaul California's water...

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...

2010-02-26 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...

2010-02-03 07:30:00

Pyrethroids, among the most widely-used home pesticides, are winding up in California rivers at levels toxic to some stream-dwellers, possibly endangering the food supply of fish and other aquatic animals, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and Southern Illinois University (SIU). Pyrethroid insecticides, commonly used in California to kill ants and other insect pests around the home, have been found in street runoff and in the outflow from...

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