Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Fatal setback?

Federal biologists: We can't support Shasta Dam plan

Shasta Dam is a linchpin of California's water supply. WIKIMEDIA


Bay Area News Group

Less than three months after California voters approved a water bond that contains $2.7 billion for new water storage, one of the leading projects under consideration has suffered a potentially fatal setback. Federal biologists have concluded they cannot endorse a $1.1 billion plan to raise the height of the dam at Shasta Lake because of its impact on endangered salmon.


Water managers propose new emergency actions

Stockton Record

A city that normally sees well over 2 inches of rain in January will likely finish the month with two-hundredths of an inch. But Stockton won't be the only community to record its driest January ever. Indeed, hopes that the drought was loosening its grip on California are quickly evaporating.


Feds quietly double allowable kill of Delta smelt

KCET Los Angeles

Just days after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported the worst season in history for the federally endangered delta smelt, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly gave permission in early January for Central Valley water projects to kill more than twice as many smelts at their intake pumps this year.

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