Tuesday, July 12, 2016

No cuts, for now

Delta smelt plan calls for more water flowing to sea

Why Delta pumping to the south has been limited. SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

With Delta smelt numbers at all-time lows, state officials today released a list of more than a dozen projects they're hoping to undertake in the next few years in a last-ditch effort to stave off the fish's extinction. One of those plans is sure to be contentious. The Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy released by the California Natural Resources Agency calls for allowing between 85,000 and 200,000 acre-feet of extra water to wash out to sea this summer to bolster smelt habitat. That's no small amount.

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Rice farms receive federal help to create habitat

Sacramento Bee

With habitat for California waterbirds drying up, conservation groups and rice farmers are collaborating to flood fields and enhance waterbird habitat on roughly 550,000 acres of California's rice fields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service is contributing $7 million, matched by partner agencies, for helping share farmers' costs of implementing new practices that align rice growing with waterbird needs.

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Los Angeles looks for extra water down its alleys

New York Times

Of the roughly 300,000 acres in the city of Los Angeles, more than 2,000 are alleyways that cut through city blocks. And because they're mostly paved, they do little to capture one of the city's most prized resources: water Following the examples set by Chicago, Seattle and other cities, Los Angeles is working to transform these narrow spaces into networks of green alleys.

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