Category Archives: Delta

Franks Tract Futures Draft report released for public review

“The Franks Tract Futures project is exploring options for achieving ecosystem, recreation, water quality, and other benefits at Franks Tract. Since June 2019, the project has been conducting a collaborative planning process initiated by the California Department of Fish and … Continue reading

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Validation Action Filed Regarding Financing of Proposed Delta Conveyance Project

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) filed a “validation action” with the Sacramento County Superior Court regarding DWR’s authority to, among other things, issue revenue bonds to finance the planning, design, construction and other capital costs of the proposed … Continue reading

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Delta Conveyance Project Scoping Summary Report Now Available

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has published a Scoping Summary Report for the proposed Delta Conveyance Project. This scoping report is a summary of the public scoping period that concluded in April. It includes all public comments received. The information collected … Continue reading

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Franks Tract Futures – Public and user survey of design concepts

The Franks Tract Futures project is exploring concepts for achieving ecosystem, recreation, economic, water quality and other benefits at Franks Tract, located in the heart of the California Delta. Since June 2019, the project has been conducting a collaborative planning … Continue reading

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Alert: Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) – Discovery Bay & Big Break Regional Shoreline

There are currently “Danger” level advisories for harmful algal blooms in parts of Discovery Bay and at the Big Break Regional Shoreline kayak launch in Contra Costa County. It is recommended to stay out of the water in these areas … Continue reading

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EcoRestore: 5 Years, Thousands of Acres of Restored Habitat

This spring marked the fifth anniversary of the California EcoRestore initiative, a coordinated effort across state agencies to deliver 30,000 acres of restored fish and wildlife habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, an immensely important landscape that five years ago only … Continue reading

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Delta Cross Channel gates open weekends

The Bureau of Reclamation will be opening the Delta Cross Channel on weekends. The gates will be closed on weekdays to help prevent juvenile salmon from being diverted from their migratory route along the Sacramento River into the interior Delta … Continue reading

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Updated – Hiking and Biking in Oakley

This is an updated version of one written in 2008. Big Break Regional Shoreline, 69 Big Break Rd. Oakley, a 1,648-acre mostly-offshore piece of the Delta is one of the newest additions to the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). … Continue reading

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Water is life. It’s also a battle. So what does the future hold for California?

BY ALASTAIR BLAND PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 27, 2020 INTRODUCTION Water plays a lead role in the state’s political theater, with Democrats and Republicans polarized, farmers often fighting environmentalists and cities pitted against rural communities. Rivers are overallocated through sloppy water accounting. … Continue reading

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Update – Dutch Slough Restoration Project

The Dutch Slough Project is located on the west Delta, within the city Oakley at the northern end of Sellars Ave. It contains three parcels, Emerson, Gilbert and Burroughs. The Dutch Slough project will be the Delta’s largest restored fresh … Continue reading

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Single Tunnel Scoping Meetings in February and March

With the Notice of Preparation for the Delta tunnel, a list of scoping meetings has been announced for public participation component as required by law for proposed new projects. We see these meetings as a mixed bag. It is essential for … Continue reading

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State of the Estuary Report 2019

The San Francisco Estuary is a large and diverse system. Hundreds of miles of coastline stretch from the wide valleys of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers to the steep headlands of the Golden Gate, with vast agricultural fields in … Continue reading

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Living with levees: a shared responsibility

Within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta there is roughly 1,115 miles of levees protecting farms, cities, schools and people. FEMA and its partners discuss how to live with levees and the steps that can be taken to mitigate levee and flood … Continue reading

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Prevent the Spread of Mussels: Clean, Drain, and Dry

From the Department of Water Resources  Published: May 21, 2019 Clean, drain, and dry your watercraft to prevent spread of quagga mussels. As boating season kicks off, DWR, California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), and California Department of … Continue reading

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Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy Awards $11 Million in Proposition 1 Grants – 2 for Marsh Creek

Combined, these seven projects involve 51 entities partnering together to improve the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  The $11 million awarded in this cycle will fund the following projects. Blacklock Restoration: Phragmites Control Project ($387,440), Department of Water Resources – Test methods for controlling … Continue reading

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State, Federal Agencies Fund Nearly $10 Million in New Delta Science Studies

The Delta Stewardship Council (Council) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) are pleased to award nearly $10 million to fund 15 critical scientific studies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and Suisun Marsh over the next three years. “Results … Continue reading

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State Withdraws WaterFix Approvals, Initiates Planning and Permitting for a Smaller Single Tunnel

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today, Thursday, May 2, 2019, is taking formal steps to withdraw proposed permits for the WaterFix project and begin a renewed environmental review and planning process for a smaller, single tunnel project that will … Continue reading

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US Senate Approves the Proposed Delta National Heritage Area

Last Tuesday, the Senate passed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, a large public lands bill that includes the establishment of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area (NHA). The Commission would be the local coordinating entity for … Continue reading

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CDFW releases guidance document for Delta conservation planning

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) this week released the Delta Conservation Framework as a comprehensive resource and guide for conservation planning in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through 2050. For more information, click here.

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Dutch Slough Project Creates Richer Habitat for Delta Fish and Wildlife

From California Department of Water Resources Editor’s note: The following article is part of a continuing series highlighting the California EcoRestore Initiative, which seeks to restore 30,000 acres of habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by 2020. California EcoRestore is an … Continue reading

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