Monday, June 13, 2016

Delta duel

How plans to save fish could cut summer water supply

Sacramento Bee & Stockton Record

Despite a winter of fairly abundant rain and snow in the north state, federal fisheries regulators are considering a set of plans that would put Sacramento Valley reservoirs on a tight leash again this summer. Their aim is to prevent two endangered fish species — Chinook salmon and Delta smelt — from going extinct. Meanwhile, water users mostly south of the estuary asked state officials last week to allow more stripers to be caught, in order to reduce their numbers.

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Dairy farmer making the most of scarce water

Modesto Bee

John Azevedo stretches the water that helps produce the milk on his dairy farm west of Patterson, experimenting with drip irrigation lines for feed corn that used to be flood-irrigated. The water that chills his milk tanks is reused to cool the cows on summer days. Azevedo is one of 16 farmers featured in a new report on a program that encourages water and energy conservation and other practices.

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Tackling tree mortality: Tuolumne leads the way

Sonora Union Democrat

More than 750 pine trees have died east of Twain Harte. At least 29 million trees are believed to be dead throughout the Sierra Nevada, a result of a bark beetle epidemic made worse by four consecutive years of drought. State officials say Tuolumne County is leading the way with a pilot project to remove dead and dying trees in the beetle-ravaged Highway 108 neighborhood.

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