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Celebrating Two Decades of Fish Passage Improvements in the Sacramento Valley

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Twenty years ago, implementation of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act (CVPIA) began, bringing about a new era of fish passage improvement.  The legislation established two programs, the Anadromous Fish Restoration Program (AFRP) and the Anadromous Fish Screen Program (AFSP) which authorized federal funding for fish passage and fish screen projects. The AFSP, in particular, … Continue reading Celebrating Two Decades of Fish Passage Improvements in the Sacramento Valley

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Sacramento River – My Point of View

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

The Sacramento River is a tremendous resource for a large portion on Northern California, but I would like to reduce this overall perspective down to a very personal point of view. When I was young, not even a teenager, my Dad would take me fishing on the river right in the middle of town! I … Continue reading Sacramento River – My Point of View

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Understanding Water Resources Management in the Sacramento Valley

Monday, Mar 18th, 2013

In California’s Sacramento Valley, water resources managers are actively managing the region’s precious water resources to support the rich mosaic of inter-dependent farmlands, refuges and managed wetlands, meandering rivers that support fisheries and wildlife, and the cities and rural communities sprinkled throughout the region.

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Water Storage – So, why does California need it anyway?

Friday, Feb 8th, 2013

One of the great debates (at least among water issues) over the last few decades has been the value of water storage. Do we build more storage, re-operate existing facilities, or do we take down existing dams? Well, this winter is proving to be a very good reason why we have storage in California and in certain places would benefit from more. Here is what I mean; December of last year brought a torrent of both rain and snow to California with much of that water simply running off the hills and into the creeks, streams and rivers and through the Delta out to the ocean. While we need water flowing through the Delta to maintain water quality, it is those storm flows that create an opportunity to even out the winter peaks (and valleys) with the summer (very dry) valleys.

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