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October 3, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:An NBC Bay Area examination of 20 years’ worth of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD) inspection reports, engineering studies, Federal Part 12D independent consultant inspection reports, consultant letters and memos—nearly 10,000 pages of documents in all—repeatedly identified problems with the stability, safety and monitoring of Oroville Dam.In the meantime, Ledesma says priority number one is finishing spillway construction before the rainy season begins again.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 11, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The electric bus will be the first of its kind for the school district. Chrystal Ales, the air quality district administrator who’s overseen Chico’s grant, said CUSD’s aging transportation helped earn the grant. In demonstrating need, Ales explained, “they chose their oldest bus with the most miles on it. It was a 1987 diesel bus with over 400,000 miles.”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 25, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:“Butte, one of the northernmost [State Water Project] water contractors, has long borne extraordinary risks and uncompensated costs as the host county of DWR’s Oroville facilities,” it reads. “Butte is the location of Lake Oroville, the SWP’s ‘crown jewel,’ as well as creeks, rivers and groundwater basins that provide the lifeblood for agriculture, the economy and the environment in the northern Sacramento Valley.”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 1, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:"Oroville Dam may be facing a breach danger from a serious and a dangerous form of a slow motion failure mode of the left abutment of the dam," the report reads."Do not try to ignore persistent 'wet spots' in the nation's tallest embankment dam," Bea said to SFGATE. "Do not try to explain them away using 'trite explanations' like 'all dams have leaks' or 'it is a natural spring.' This dam is an extremely important part of our California water supply infrastructure system. If this dam failed catastrophically during high water in the reservoir, there would be significant deaths and injuries, loss of property and productivity, and damage to the environment."Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

July 28, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act passed in 2014 mandated that by June 30, 2017, “groundwater sustainability agencies” had to be designated to cover all the groundwater basins in the state.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

July 28, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Butte Creek’s ecosystem is not in a natural state, however. The spring-run salmon depend on releases of cold water from the DeSabla-Centerville Hydroelectric Project, a 20-megawatt hydroelectric system owned and operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that encompasses more than 20 miles of canals, flumes and tunnels. For more than a century, the project has connected two distinct watersheds, diverting water from the west branch of the Feather River to three small powerhouses and providing additional flows to Butte Creek.

This is critical for spring-run salmon because they need cold water to survive the summer months and complete their spawning cycle, said Clint Garman, an environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW).As for solutions, the report emphasizes that saving the salmon relies on human investment into currently productive ecosystems and “restoring function to once-productive but highly altered habitats.” For instance, research conducted by CalTrout demonstrates that agricultural activity and healthy fish populations are not mutually exclusive—that, in fact, off-season rice fields can mimic natural floodplains and support rapid growth of juvenile salmon.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

June 13, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The intent of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is to end nearly a century of over-pumping that caused thousands of wells to dry up and contributed to damaging subsidence.

Garth Stapley

The Modesto Bee fileTo understand politics in California, look down in an irrigation ditch, and where you see water, see gold.

– George Ballis, the late Fresno activist director of National Land for PeopleTags: no_tagby: ndcarter

April 12, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The water agency that supplies drinking water to Los Angeles agreed Tuesday to contribute $1.5 million toward the planning of Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley, giving the agency a toehold in a potentially valuable storage project.Metropolitan General Manager Jeff Kightlinger has said he isn’t interested in investing in Sites unless California moves ahead with plans to build twin tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but he believes Metroplitan should contribute to planning and development costs as a way of maintaining its interest in the Sites project in the interim.Tags: water, california, sites, delta, river, twin tunnelsby: ndcarter

February 15, 2017

Highlights and Sticky Notes:A presentation on Western burrowing owls is planned for the monthly meeting of the Altacal Aububon Society, 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Chico Creek Nature Center, 1968 E. Eighth St.plans to increase local populations, including creation of the successful artificial habitat at Tuscan Preserve in Chico.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter