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February 14, 2018 – We are pleased to announce that Governor Brown has re-appointed Board President Bill Edgar, Board Secretary Jane Dolan and Board Member Michael Villines to four year terms with the Central Valley Flood Protection Board. (read more)
The Central Valley Flood Protection Board began its tour with briefings in Reclamation District 108’s Conference Room in Grimes, CA. Briefings included a presentation by Sustainable Conservation on how they could help, utilizing programmatic permits, projects get permitted and possibly funded more quickly.
The four other site visits looked at damage, and repair in some cases, to levees and other problems that resulted from last year’s storms and high water events, such as seepage, boils, stability issues, and a huge tree removal project.
Another briefing covered the critical need for, and construction of, the Wallace Weir Fish Rescue Facility to free the many salmon that were getting trapped in a drain. Wallace Weir Fish Rescue Facility was the last site visit on the tour.
A deal was worked out between the Yuba County Water Agency and Yuba County at the end of 2016 to refinance levee bonds issued in 2008. At the time, the deal was expected to save about a half million each year, but recent figures show savings have exceeded officials’ initial expectations. “The savings benefit the entire county as it reduces the County’s and YCWA’s annual debt service obligation, which allows the YCWA to further its flood control objectives in the region,” Mull said. (Read more…)
Article by Jake Abbott, Appeal Democrat – Photograph courtesy of Jennifer Bale
From the Fresno Bee, by Brianna Calix: As work to restore the San Joaquin River continues, scientists are seeing promising signs that salmon can thrive in the river as hatchery fish reach new milestones.
A recent breakthrough came in fall 2017, when spring-run Chinook salmon created their nests, called redds, in the colder parts of the river below Friant Dam. The fish successfully spawned, laying eggs that incubated and hatched into tiny fry as the sexually mature fish died, part of the species’ unusual life cycle. (more)
At the Central Valley Flood Protection Board’s January 26, 2017 Board Meeting, certificates of appreciation were presented to Board staff from the Department of Water Resources, Division of Flood Management for their efforts as key players in the emergency response to the 2017 Statewide storms.
From Voice of San Diego: The news, as it often does, has been bouncing back and forth from extreme to extreme — historic drought, historic snowfall, historic fires, fatal floods and mudslides. That’s the nature of California’s climate. A common saying among water officials is that there’s no average year in California. Of course, when they add up rainfall and snowfall records, there is an average. But that average obscures savage fluctuations between bone-dry years and years of floods and landslides. (more)
From NOAA Headquarters and phys.org: As farmers in the American West decide what, when and where to plant, and urban water managers plan for water needs in the next year, they want to know how much water their community will get from melting snow in the mountains. This melting snow comes from snowpack, the high elevation reservoir of snow which melts in the spring and summer. Agriculture depends on snowpack for a majority of its water. Meltwater also contributes to municipal water supply; feeds rivers and streams, boosting fisheries and tourism; and conditions the landscape, helping lessen the effects of drought and wildfires. (more)
From the Marysville Appeal-Democrat: A draft feasibility report issued Friday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outlines a proposal to reconnect the Yuba River to its floodplain, create rearing habitat for juvenile fish, create riparian habitat, and improve conditions for natural habitat growth. Improvements to approximately 178 acres of existing aquatic and riparian habitat along the lower Yuba River, between Englebright Dam and the confluence of the Yuba and Feather rivers in Yuba County, are being proposed. (more)
By Tara Lohan, from Water Deeply.
About 20 minutes south of Sacramento, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is divided by a freeway and surrounded by farmland. Its location was not one of happenstance, nor was it solely based on the need for habitat for a specific species. It was a strategic decision made over the course of three decades to help manage flood waters in California’s Central Valley. (more)
By Tara Lohan, from Water Deeply.
For the next few months much of the talk around water issues in California and the rest of the Western United States will be about how much precipitation falls, the water content of the snowpack and how temperatures will impact runoff in the spring. But it’s still too soon to tell whether 2018 will be a record dry year or whether some atmospheric rivers will race in to save the day. Last year California swung quickly from extreme drought to flood – which is whiplash for water managers but can also drive policy. (more)
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