The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an Action Plan today (Aug. 27, 2012) that proposes seven measures for improving water quality, restoring aquatic habitat, and improving the management of the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary. The release of the Action Plan follows the agency’s analysis concluding that existing federal and state water quality programs are not adequately safeguarding the ecosystem. “California’s economic security depends on a healthy Bay Delta,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “By upholding the goals of the Clean Water Act, we can ensure that our water is fit for drinking, farming, recreation, and for fish and wildlife.”
The Action Plan responds to findings and recommendations made following EPA’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2011 that sought public input on the effectiveness of existing federal and state water quality protection programs. The Action Plan prioritizes the following seven actions to be pursued in partnership with the State Water Resources Control Board, the Regional Water Boards for the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, and numerous other state and federal agencies:
• By 2013, propose a standard to curb selenium discharges from cities, farms, and oil refineries; READ MORE »
A new report says California's salmon fishery may soon disappear if the state continues to operate the state water system the way it does not. To find out more click below: READ MORE »
On July 18, 2008, Fresno federal Judge Oliver Wanger issued a ruling that will help salmon and steelhead fisheries in the Bay-Delta Estuary.
If you are interested in reading the judge's ruling CLICK HERE
The State Water Resources Control Board recently issued a draft five-year work plan on the Delta ecosystem's water needs. This so-called "work plan" has been fiercely criticized by the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) and the California Sportsfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA) for being nothing more than foot-dragging. READ MORE »
The State Water Resources Control Board staff has prepared a draft plan of activities related to solving problems in California's important Bay-Delta area.
This draft plan identifies how the State Water Board will achieve Bay-Delta commitments the Governor identified for it in his February 29, 2008 letter to legislative leaders.
The draft is being circulated to stakeholders and the public and is scheduled to be presented to the State Water Board by staff at its regular meeting on July 1st and considered on July 15th. Environmental critics say the draft plan does not go far enough in protecting the Delta. Judge for yourself. READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.
Congress considers continuing irrigation of contaminated lands; C-WIN proposes ambitious plan to end water waste READ MORE »