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2008-08-01 00:05:00

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--The state and federal owners of massive water export pumps in the Delta have asked a judge to grant them additional time to prepare a new operating plan to protect threatened fish. The state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation face a Sept. 15 court deadline to deliver a new biological opinion on their operations to protect the Delta smelt. The document, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

2008-07-23 03:00:35

I can't prove it, but I'd be willing to bet that the delta formed by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers is not exactly top of mind for most Californians, if they know about it at all. The marshy triangle south of Sacramento is home to relatively few people. And while thousands drive past it every day on Interstate 5, and houseboaters and fishermen ply its waters on weekends, the delta and its bleak future have made a better topic for policy geeks than dinner table...

2008-07-18 06:00:29

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 18--The peripheral canal was once like plutonium in California water politics, yet a new report embraces it as the answer to environmental problems threatening the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The report released Thursday by a team of UC Davis experts and the Public Policy Institute of California, says a peripheral canal is the best way to balance the state economy's thirst for Delta water against the environmental consequences. The...

2008-07-17 18:00:28

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 17--A team of UC Davis researchers today is recommending that a peripheral canal is the best solution to restore the Delta environment and protect the fresh water that moves through it to millions of people and business in California. California voters rejected a peripheral canal in 1982, amid opposition from some scientists and environmental groups who feared it would deprive the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta of critical freshwater flows....

2008-07-01 06:00:26

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 1--A court-ordered fix for the threatened Delta smelt population is running into trouble before it has even seen daylight. Federal water officials have been warned that their work on a draft plan for operating the Delta's water works "contains deficiencies, incomplete analysis, inaccuracies and omissions." The warning came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which faces the same court deadline of Sept. 15 to submit the plan, called a...

2008-06-26 06:02:33

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jun. 26--A bill approved by a legislative committee Tuesday would require the state to build hatcheries to breed threatened Delta smelt. Critics warn it may undercut the state Endangered Species Act. Senate Bill 994 by Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, is backed by a who's who of powerful water agencies. A weighty list of conservation groups has made the bill a top priority to defeat this year. Smelt play a key role in Delta water management....

2008-06-18 18:00:19

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jun. 18--State water officials will host three town hall meetings on Delta issues next week, with the aim of helping the public understand the many studies and programs under way to correct ecological and water delivery problems in the estuary, the largest on the West Coast of the Americas. Programs involving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta include the governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, emergency...

2007-06-02 06:00:22

By Innes, Judith E; Connick, Sarah; Booher, David In 1994 an unusual, if not unique, collaborative effort emerged to manage the highly contested and interconnected system of waters, levees, and habitat in the San Francisco Bay Estuary and Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta. This CALFED Bay-Delta Program (CALFED) engaged 25 federal and state agencies and representatives of 35 major stakeholder groups and local agencies in a joint search for solutions to Bay-Delta problems. It changed how water...

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2006-02-20 13:27:29

ST. LOUIS -- Concentrated development in flood-prone parts of Missouri, California and other states has significantly raised the risk of New Orleans-style flooding as people snap up new homes even in areas recently deluged, researchers said Saturday. Around St. Louis, where the Mississippi River lapped at the steps of the Gateway Arch during the 1993 flood, more than 14,000 acres of flood plain have been developed since then. That has reduced the region's ability to store water during future...

2006-02-18 15:41:58

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - St. Louis and Sacramento, California, may be the next two U.S. flooding disasters waiting to happen, with rivers prone to overflow and insufficient levees protecting developments that never should have been allowed, experts said on Saturday. U.S. officials have not absorbed the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, in which floodwaters breached levees and inundated most of New Orleans, relying on outdated models to...


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