Tuesday’s top of the scroll: Pumps blast water to west Valley farmers

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Fresno Bee

From the Fresno Bee: “Federal officials are pumping an extra billion gallons of river water daily into San Luis Reservoir for west Valley farmers, thanks to a federal judge’s order and a string of winter storms. But if the storms disappear, the full-blast pumping could stop far sooner than the two weeks ordered by the judge. West San [...]

Ecologists say unrestricted pumping will harm fish

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Silicon Valley Mercury News

From the Silicon Valley Mercury News: “Environmentalists say a federal judge’s order to temporarily allow unrestricted pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta threatens to push endangered salmon into extinction. Last week’s decision by U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger freed up irrigation supplies for farms hammered by years of drought. Farmers had complained that pumping restrictions in [...]

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On the Public Record: Fish, farms, feedback loops.

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On the Public Record blog

From the On the Public Record blog: “With the House Congressional hearings and Judge Wanger’s decision to allow pumping for a couple weeks right now (on the grounds that the pumps are allowed to kill about 23,000 juvenile salmon and so far have only killed about 1,200, so, you know, might as well pump a little), [...]

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Groups sue to block giant Westlands backroom water deal

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IndyBay.org

Posted by Dan Bacher at IndyBay.org: “Three months after the State Senator Steinberg’s so-called “historic” delta protection legislation was approved the state’s agribusiness industry is quietly securing secret state and federal sign offs to authorize water exporters to damage the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta for decades to come. North Coast Rivers Alliance and three other groups [...]

On the Public Record blog: Go for the contracts, not the infrastructure

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On the Public Record blog

From the On the Public Record blog: “I think this approach, suing to re-consider the project water contracts is exactly the right approach for people who want to limit north-south water transfers. I haven’t been sympathetic to claims that “plumbing is destiny,” that if you build a huge canal, it will inevitably be used to [...]

Weather update: One more Southwest storm, then a pattern change

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Accu-Weather’s Western Weather Blog

From Accu-Weather’s Western Weather Blog:
“An upper level trough off the Northwest Coast Monday afternoon will drop south Monday night. It will pinch off into a cold core upper level low off the Northern California Coast Tuesday morning. The rest of Tuesday and Tuesday night it continues to drop south near the coast before moving inland [...]

A Holiday Tradition for the Birds… and Bird-Lovers

Deb Self, Executive Director
From the February 2010 edition of Bay Crossings

The Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count is citizen science in action, an effort to collect information about bird populations across the Western Hemisphere to help guide conservation action by groups like San Francisco Baykeeper.  Every year, during the last days of December, hundreds of birders stake out Bay shorelines, wetlands, and hillsides to identify and count birds so that scientists can monitor population trends of native and migratory bird species in the Bay Area. 

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