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November 26, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Chico Creek, which once welcomed home 30,000 salmon each fall, will be lucky to have 10,000 return this year, Oleyar said, and low flows have forced fish to concentrate in the main channel instead of dispersing into spawning habitat higher in the watershed. Lost Creek, an upper tributary of Chico, has had about 100 fish when it would usually have thousands.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

October 10, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The chief item that irks many critics is $750 million to repair the Friant-Kern Canal and the Madera Canal, which run across about 200 miles of the San Joaquin Valley from Chowchilla to Bakersfield. The canals are critical for irrigating farms and have been damaged by years of farmers over-pumping groundwater, which has led to the ground sinking.
Critics say the farmers should pick up the bill for the canals.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

October 9, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Doug Obegi, an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, described how this could affect Sites: “When the water board adopts new standards for Delta outflow and Sacramento River inflows to the Delta, that would limit the periods of time when Sites could be diverting. It would significantly reduce the yield of the project.”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

October 2, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The Department of Water Resources said the Oct.1-Sept. 30 water year that ended Sunday was marked by hot and dry conditions, except for sporadic significant precipitation.
During the period, the statewide snowpack was just 58 percent of average by April 1, a dramatic reversal from the previous water year in which the pack reached 159 percent of average.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 23, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:in 2007, Chico State formed the Institute for Sustainable Development and Butte College’s Associated Students created the Sustainability Resource Center.

This year marks the end of an era for both entities, as both lost directors and have been diminished, though some of their programming will remain.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 10, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The structure of the agencies being established to manage the groundwater beneath Butte County is made clear by two items before the Butte County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.There are hearings scheduled on both JPA approvals: Wyandotte Creek at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Vina at 9:40 a.m. Comment will be taken from the public on both proposals.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 5, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:A plan to reduce environmental roadblocks to development on Butte County is moving forward again after a hiatus of more than a year.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 5, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Over the next two years, more than 100 groundwater sustainability agencies in California will have to hammer out a plan to make their groundwater basins sustainable.But as mangers in many areas work to combat decades of over-pumping, they face a major dilemma: In dividing the groundwater pie to avoid overuse, they can’t change Byzantine groundwater rights that date as far back as 1903.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 5, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The past month there have been debates over how to manage the water in the Delta — the Bay Area’s largest source of freshwater — and that's drawn a lot of attention from the state capitol. What it comes down to is whether more water should go to fish or to farms.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 29, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Saying they felt public safety was a priority, Bidwell Park commissioners affirmed their commitment to getting emergency vehicles into upper ...Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter