CA, OR Governors to Make ‘Major Announcement’ on Klamath
April 4, 2016 moldychum
Just months after dam removal efforts on the Klamath River seemed to suffer a catastrophic setback, California Gov. Jerry Brown, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and a host of officials will gather near the river’s mouth Wednesday to make a “major announcement about water supply reliability, environmental restoration and hydroelectric dams.”
It’s unclear exactly what the announcement will be, but it’s expected the officials will present a ratification of a new deal to revive what’s been dubbed the largest dam removal project in the nation’s history. The press release says only that the officials will be making an announcement that will “further progress toward the largest river restoration project in U.S. history.”
Digging Deeper on the Latest Utah Stream Access News: Dammit
From Chi Wulff
by MARK MCGLOTHLIN on FEBRUARY 28, 2016
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Utah Stream Access Coalition President Kris Olson over the past couple of years as we’ve chatted back and forth about access and other things fly fishing.
Just last week I’d written him an ‘eating crow’ email regarding on issue (not access related) we’d differed on and he ended up being absolutely right about; that evening he returned a message saying that Judge Pullman’s November ruling opening Utah waters back up has been stayed by the Utah Supreme Court (USC).
The constitutionally granted, rational, and legal re-opening of Utah’s waters lasted all of 113 days.
Think the drought is over? Think again. This article is a must read.
ENSO the Drought Strikes Back! The 2016 Drought so far March 1
California Water Blog By Jay Lund
Posted on February 28, 2016 by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
Summary of conditions
February 2016 has been dry, despite El Nino-besotted promises of aqueous abundance. There is sometimes a difference between climate conditions and hydrologic reality (and economic reality).
Annual precipitation and snowpack are now about average or a little less. Fortunately, the largest reservoirs continue to fill slowly, relative to previous drought years, with still about 6 million acre ft of surface water storage deficit for this time of year. Groundwater will be recharging, as it should this time of year in most places, but we still sit atop a large dry hole.
Yuou can download the pdf of this document pdf here (47 KB)
The sudden resignation of the most adamant defender of hunting and fishing on the California Fish and Game Commission could put the finishing touches on a sweeping philosophical shift in the way the state views wildlife, sets rules for fishing and controls predators like mountain lions and wolves.
CHAOS AT FISH & GAME
Wolf conservation plan drawn up for California
Sour talk as lawmakers, crabbers meet over Dungeness shutdown
Wildlife advocates expand target after bobcat ban
Commissioner Jim Kellogg retired in late December in frustration over what he termed a lack of consideration for the sportsmen and women he represents. The resignation — combined with the unrelated recent departures of commission President Jack Baylis and Sonke Mastrup, the commission’s executive director — sets the stage for Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint conservationists to the increasingly pivotal state board.
Such a move may, observers say, complete the transformation of the commission from an organization that advocates for fishing and hunting to one that safeguards endangered species, preserves habitat and protects California’s top predators from slaughter.
But it won’t happen without a fight. While environmentalists say they are finally getting a fair shake in the high-stakes political game of wildlife management, advocates for outdoor sports fear that they have lost their voice and that the role they have played in the protection of species is being forgotten.