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Judge lifts temporary restraining order blocking water releases on the Trinity River to protect migrating salmon

     The significantly lower volume of water now projected to be involved and the potential and enormous risk to the fishery of doing nothing, the Court finds it in the public interest to permit the augmentation to proceed.” (Page 19.)

By Lloyd G. Carter

               Fresno Federal Judge Lawrence O'Neill Thursday (Aug. 22) lifted a temporary restraining order blocking releases of cold water from Trinity River reservoirs intended to help migrating salmon avoid an Ich parasite infestation similar to one on the Klamath River in 2002 that killed over 34,000 adult salmon.

               In a 19-page ruling, O'Neill, following two days of testimony from expert witnesses, lifted the temporary restraining order and denied a permanent injunction sought by Westlands Water District in Fresno County and by other federal irrigation districts north of Westlands.

               The judge ruled:

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Salmon Imperiled

 

Massive Loss of Endangered Winter Run Salmon

Perhaps half of this years spawning class die in irrigation ditches: survivors

hammered by mismanagement of Shasta cold water reserves

 

During April, May and early June, large numbers of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and other species were drawn into channels in the Yolo Bypass and Colusa Basin and died, according to reports by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and National Marine Fisheries Service biologists (NMFS).  The total number of stranded fish is unknown but agency biologists said it could be as high as half of this years returning population of winter-run.  This tragedy is exacerbated by high temperature stress on spawning winter-run caused by mismanagement of limited cold water pools in Shasta Reservoir this year.

 

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Brown Administration Official Admits BDCP will not save Delta

While speaking with Tom Stokely of the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN) at a meeting with Northern California's Native American Tribes on Monday, April 15, Natural Resources Agency Deputy Director Jerry Meral said, "BDCP is not about, and has never been about saving the Delta. The Delta cannot be saved."
Brown administration official claims 'Delta can't be saved' 
by Dan Bacher 
  Recreational anglers, commercial fishermen, Indian tribal leaders, family farmers, environmentalists, Delta residents and many elected officials strongly oppose the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the peripheral tunnels because they say it will lead to the extinction of Central Valley salmon, steelhead and other fish species. 

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In Memoriam: Bruce Tokars

 

 Salmon advocate and water warrior Bruce Tokars died this week of an apparent heart attack.  He was 64.  Bruce was known for his viral videos attacking industrial agriculture in the western San Joaquin Valley for its water grab and threat to the Delta.  Bruce's website, www.salmonwaternow.org, has many of his memorable five to 10-minute videos which weaved in clips from the news, old movies, commercials, cartoons, etc. that delighted and informed viewers.  He was a dear friend.  His brother-in-law was salmon fishing industry advocate Larry Collins.  Following are some quotes from the many people in California's environmental community who were saddened on learning of Bruce's passing.  I have left off the authors' names because I did not have time to contact them for approval although I feel certain they would gladly make their comments publicly known.  Here is a sample:  READ MORE »

Freezing Out Fish in Whine Country

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July 18 ruling will help salmon and steelhead fisheries.

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

Judge Wanger issues ruling...

Federal Judge Oliver Wanger has issued a 151-page ruling that exports of Delta water by massive federal irrigation projects in the Western San Joaquin Valley are harming populations of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead.
Read the opinion HERE:

Bureau of Reclamation's Letter to the State Water Board RE: Selenium in Western San Joaquin

Felix Smith, the whistleblower on the bird deformities at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge back in the 1980s, has filed a complaint with the State Water Board over the continued irrigation of high selenium soils in the Western San Joaquin Valley. He wants the water board to declare irrigation of these tainted soils an unreasonable use of water under California law. He is joined in his complaint by the California Salmon and Steelhead Assocation. The Water Board has asked the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which supplies Northern California to federal irrigation districts farming the high selenium soils, to explain what is being done to solve the selenium crisis, now in its third decade. The Bureau of Reclamation recently replied to the Water Board's inquiry. See if you can spot the flaws in the Bureau of Reclamation's arguments that the problem is being solved. Here is the Bureau's response: CLICK HERE  READ MORE »

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