SACRAMENTO RIVER
 

 

April 12, 2018    Headline
Sac Stripers
 

Sacramento River:

The big April storm filled the Sac with mud and debris this past weekend. Flows on the upper river peaked at 55K cfs and the high turbid flows are good news as Coleman hatchery released nearly 4 million salmon smolts last Friday 4-6. These high dirty flows allow young salmon to quickly migrate downstream and camouflage them from predators.
 In turn higher flows will drop the water temps and bring more stripers into the system. Water temps last week in Colusa were about 62 degrees and some bass are already spawning. Cooler flows will delay the spawn which should break loose on the next full moon. Alan Fong of the Fishermen’s Warehouse reported a good striper bite in the metropolitan Sacramento area with pile worms from the shorelines.
As flows drop the big will turn on big time.

 

Further upriver, Dave Jacobs of Dave Jacobs Sport Fishing said, “Sturgeon fishing has slowed down on the Sacramento River, but the striper bite on both the Sacramento and Feather Rivers is starting out now. The Feather has fished better with the higher releases from Oroville, and the water levels on both rivers are very high and muddy from this weekend’s rains. The stripers should really push up with flows reaching flood monitor stage on Sunday in Colusa. There is a ton of debris coming down, and boaters need to be very cautious. Bait fishing with live jumbo minnows, pile worms, or cut baits like sardines are going to be the best bet until the river flows drop and the water clears. Boat pressure has been higher over on the Feather, but it has been pretty quiet on the Sacramento. It should be great striper fishing this coming week.”

 

GGSA echoes State fish experts’ warning on proposed Sac Valley Reservoir

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The proposed Sites Reservoir Project in the Sacramento Valley would take water from the Sacramento River.

In comments filed with the California Water Commission, GGSA is echoing warnings from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife that far more water is needed in the Sacramento than levels the backers of the proposed Sites Reservoir are planning to divert at.  The reservoir, proposed for the western Sacramento Valley, plans to divert river water even at low flows when it’s needed by salmon.

The idea that water can be diverted from the Sacramento River during low flows doesn’t square with levels needed to keep salmon healthy according to state fish and wildlife officials.

Backers of the new giant reservoir say it will help heal the environment.   The southern California’s Metropolitan Water District say their investment in the reservoir would only makes sense if the Delta tunnels project to move it around the Delta is built, which many now consider doubtful.

After GGSA call state water agency finally agrees to pay for tagging hatchery fish

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After hard advocacy by GGSA, the California Dept of Water Resources (DWR) agreed to pay to mark and tag Feather River Hatchery fall run baby salmon.  These fish have been adipose fin-clipped and tagged for over 15 years, providing an unbroken series of data on survival and straying.  Until now, DWR has never paid for this even though they are obligated to as part of required mitigation for operation of the Oroville dam.  The cost had been borne by the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife using emergency drought funds which are now dried up.  CDFW was unable to resolve the dispute with DWR until GGSA got involved and successfully made the case with higher ups in state and federal government that paying for tagging and clipping is part of DWR’s mitigation responsibility.

Brown Administration Prepares for Smaller One Tunnel Project; Restore the Delta Responds
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This afternoon, environmental reporter Paul Rogers of the San Jose Mercury News published a story declaring that the Brown Administration is revising their plan for CA WaterFix—a $17 billion water conveyance system that would move freshwater flows in the Northern Delta to the south—opting for a smaller single tunnel instead.
The original plan for CA WaterFix featured two 40 foot high, 35 mile long tunnels with a capacity of 9,000 cubic feet per second, while the single tunnel could carry anywhere from 3,000-6,000 cubic feet per second. Paul Rogers reported that the reasons for scaling back to one tunnel include a lack of funding and political support.
Executive Director of environmental watchdog group Restore the Delta, Barbara Barrigan-Parrila said,
The Brown Administration's effort to scale back to a single tunnel project—a project that has not been evaluated, scoped, or discussed with Delta stakeholders—smacks of desperation. What are the impacts? How will it be operated?  And considering past statements made by Metropolitan Water District's Jeff Kightlinger, why would we believe that a second tunnel wouldn't be added later?
If this is the project, then we believe there must be a redo for the permit application at the State Water Resources Control Board because to date, nothing has been presented regarding the operation and construction of a single tunnel.
If a single tunnel is running regularly in the North Delta, there must be a re-examination of the impacts on the salmon and Delta smelt fisheries by state and federal fishery agencies


 



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