san joaquin river http://kvpr.org en Drought Operation Plan For Two Water Projects Released http://kvpr.org/post/drought-operation-plan-two-water-projects-released <div><p>California and federal agencies released a plan Wednesday about how they’ll operate the state and federal water projects during the drought. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the plan does not change water allocations.</p></div><p>The operations plan provides a guideline of how the two water systems will deal with the drought from now until November.&nbsp; It looks at two different scenarios. One assumes much drier conditions than the other. Maria Rea with the National Marine Fisheries Service says under both scenarios winter-run Chinook salmon are at risk.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:24:37 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 31004 at http://kvpr.org Drought Operation Plan For Two Water Projects Released Congressional Hearing On California Water Visits Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-hearing-california-water-visits-fresno <p class="p1">The House Natural Resources Committee took up the issue of water for San Joaquin Valley farmers today before a packed gallery at Fresno City Hall.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Republican-led committee heard testimony from local growers and water managers on both short and long-term responses to California's drought and cuts to agricultural water deliveries south of the Delta.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:08:09 +0000 Joe Moore 29957 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Hearing On California Water Visits Fresno Along The Pacific Flyway, California's Drought Raises Concerns For Wildlife http://kvpr.org/post/along-pacific-flyway-californias-drought-raises-concerns-wildlife <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The area around Los </span>Banos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn't just a stopover for valley travelers along Highway 152 who are headed for the Central Coast. It's also a vital rest stop for millions of birds from across North America on the Pacific Flyway.</span></p><p>Ric Ortega: "If you come out here, you really don't see it all off of any of the major highways. But here we have something that definitely at least from an ecological perspective is equivalent to Yosemite Valley."</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:05:45 +0000 Joe Moore 29731 at http://kvpr.org Along The Pacific Flyway, California's Drought Raises Concerns For Wildlife Westside Growers Will Get To Keep Last Year's Banked Water http://kvpr.org/post/westside-growers-will-get-keep-last-years-banked-water <p class="p1">Westside farmers who banked excess water last year in San Luis Reservoir anticipating a drought won't have to give it up, according to an announcement today from the US Bureau of Reclamation.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The farmers had faced the threat of losing that water to other farmers who hold senior water rights, such as the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Bureau was facing political bipartisan political pressure against reallocating the water. But the move could leave the door open to lawsuits.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:43:01 +0000 Joe Moore 27855 at http://kvpr.org Westside Growers Will Get To Keep Last Year's Banked Water Patterson Calls For Halt To San Joaquin River Restoration Releases http://kvpr.org/post/patterson-calls-halt-san-joaquin-river-restoration-releases <p>Citing a historically dry 2013, Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) is calling for the federal government to stop water releases from Friant Dam for the San Joaquin River Restoration program.</p><p>Since 2009 the restoration program has released water into the river on an interim basis in an effort to bring back salmon populations to a stretch of the channel that has been dry for decades. The restoration agreement calls for those flows to become permanent in 2014.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 01:47:09 +0000 Joe Moore 26918 at http://kvpr.org Patterson Calls For Halt To San Joaquin River Restoration Releases San Joaquin River Restoration Hits Snags http://kvpr.org/post/san-joaquin-river-restoration-hits-snags <div><p>It’s been almost eight years since the US Bureau of Reclamation began its program to restore the San Joaquin River. In the 1940’s Friant Dam and irrigation diversion dried up 60 miles of California’s second largest river. Historic salmon runs disappeared. This January is the deadline for the program to restore enough water to the San Joaquin to eventually allow runs of Chinook salmon. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the restoration program has been plagued by delays and increased costs.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:06:57 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 26520 at http://kvpr.org San Joaquin River Restoration Hits Snags That Sinking Feeling: Valley Land Subsidence Poses Problems for Water, High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/sinking-feeling-valley-land-subsidence-poses-problems-water-high-speed-rail <div><p>The U.S. Geological Survey released a study today showing that large groundwater withdrawals are causing land in California’s Central Valley to sink. A 1,200 square mile area is sinking up to a foot a year in some places. The situation has become so serious that it’s threatening flood control and water deliveries. The proposed high speed rail system will also have deal with the changing terrain. But Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, finding a solution won’t be easy.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 02:29:56 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 24868 at http://kvpr.org That Sinking Feeling: Valley Land Subsidence Poses Problems for Water, High Speed Rail San Joaquin River Restoration Brings Spawning Salmon Back to Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/san-joaquin-river-restoration-brings-spawning-salmon-back-fresno <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California is on course for what could be its driest year on record.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Those were the sobering words from scientists with the National Weather Service in <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-on-course-for-driest-year-on-record-4971192.php">Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle.</a> And after two dry years, the relative lack of rain and snow is putting a great strain on the state's precious water resources.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:33:55 +0000 Joe Moore 24392 at http://kvpr.org San Joaquin River Restoration Brings Spawning Salmon Back to Fresno California Water Series Part 5: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution for the Future? http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-5-bay-delta-conservation-plan-solution-future <p>Supporters say the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is one of the most ambitious habitat restoration programs California has ever attempted. But its proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has also become one of the most controversial.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23117 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 5: The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution for the Future? California Water Series Part 4: The Delta - A Place Called Home http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-4-delta-place-called-home <p>The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.</p><p>Before I set out to do this story, I&rsquo;d only been to the Delta a few times. And when I had, it was just a scenic drive from Sacramento down Highway 160, which parallels the Sacramento River. Turns out, that&rsquo;s not the ideal way to get to know the Delta.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:05:00 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23114 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 4: The Delta - A Place Called Home California Water Series Part 3: Food, Farms and Delta Water http://kvpr.org/post/california-water-series-part-3-food-farms-and-delta-water <p>California is the nation&rsquo;s largest agricultural state. It would not be possible without water from the Delta. Farmers say the water is their lifeblood, but it&rsquo;s been cut back year after year.</p><p>California&#39;s farms and ranches generated nearly $45 billion in revenue last year. Without water exported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to arid Central Valley land, much of the produce we get in restaurants and grocery stores wouldn&#39;t come from California.</p><p>At Magpie Cafe in Sacramento, co-owner and Chef Ed Roehr sits down just as the lunch crowd is thinning.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:44:32 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 23051 at http://kvpr.org California Water Series Part 3: Food, Farms and Delta Water Two New Water Bond Alternatives Draw Lawmakers' Scrutiny http://kvpr.org/post/two-new-water-bond-alternatives-draw-lawmakers-scrutiny <p>California lawmakers are taking a closer look at two new water bond proposals that would replace the measure currently set for next November’s ballot.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on Tuesday’s committee hearing at the Capitol.</p><p>One of the two alternative water bond proposals comes from Senator Lois Wolk and focuses on restoring the area she represents: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:52:31 +0000 Ben Adler - Captial Public Radio 22100 at http://kvpr.org Two New Water Bond Alternatives Draw Lawmakers' Scrutiny Changes Announced for California Bay Delta Conservation Plan http://kvpr.org/post/changes-announced-california-bay-delta-conservation-plan <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The California Department of Water Resources is changing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. It includes two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California. But as Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the changes do not satisfy environmentalists or people that live in the Delta.</span></p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:02:48 +0000 Amy Quinton 20113 at http://kvpr.org Changes Announced for California Bay Delta Conservation Plan Aspen Fire Grows to Over 16,000 Acres Near Huntington Lake http://kvpr.org/post/aspen-fire-grows-over-16000-acres-near-huntington-lake <p><strong>Update: 9:00 a.m. 8/1/13 </strong>- The Aspen Fire has now grown to 16,204 acres and is 40 percent contained.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Update: 9:00 a.m. 7/31/13</strong> - Fire officials say the Aspen Fire has now consumed 14,332 acres and is 35 percent contained.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:41:42 +0000 Joe Moore 19195 at http://kvpr.org Aspen Fire Grows to Over 16,000 Acres Near Huntington Lake The Challenges of Salvaging Smelt and Other Delta Fish http://kvpr.org/post/challenges-salvaging-smelt-and-other-delta-fish <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For decades, millions of fish have been diverted from pumping facilities at state and federal water projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Fish -- including endangered species like the Delta smelt-- are put in holding tanks then trucked to other parts of the Delta and released. From there, little is known about their fate. But most scientists agree it’s not good. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, predator fish often wait for what amounts to a daily feeding.</span></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:07:35 +0000 Amy Quinton 18516 at http://kvpr.org The Challenges of Salvaging Smelt and Other Delta Fish California Senate Leader Questions Future of Water Bond http://kvpr.org/post/california-senate-leader-questions-future-water-bond <p class="p1">California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s not sure a long-delayed $11 billion water bond will make it on the 2014 ballot. More than $2 billion of that money is slated to be spent on the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Governor Jerry Brown is backing a plan that calls for constructing two large underground tunnels that would send water from the Delta to Central and Southern California.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 01:31:14 +0000 Joe Moore 18134 at http://kvpr.org California Senate Leader Questions Future of Water Bond Experiment to "Farm" Carbon Underway in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta http://kvpr.org/post/experiment-farm-carbon-underway-sacramento-san-joaquin-delta <div><p>Agriculture in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has flourished thanks to rich organic soils. But after more than a hundred years of farming, those soils are eroding, and the interiors of many Delta islands are sinking. California may have a solution that would not only help farmers, but could combat climate change. Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:20:11 +0000 Amy Quinton 17768 at http://kvpr.org Experiment to "Farm" Carbon Underway in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Brown Administration Sidesteps Controversial Delta Comments http://kvpr.org/post/brown-administration-sidesteps-controversial-delta-comments <p>California lawmakers who represent the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region are seething over recent comments from Governor Jerry Brown’s point man on the state’s proposed water delivery tunnel project.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:26:12 +0000 Ben Adler 14483 at http://kvpr.org Brown Administration Sidesteps Controversial Delta Comments "Take Me to the River" on Valley Writers Read http://kvpr.org/post/take-me-river-valley-writers-read <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear several short stories from the book "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Take Me to the River: Fishing, Swimming, and Dreaming on the San Joaquin." This collection of stories about the San Joaquin River was edited by Joell and Coke Halowell. The book is the result of a decade long series of interviews with people who have deep connections to the river. </span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Franz Weinschenk 13046 at http://kvpr.org "Take Me to the River" on Valley Writers Read Bay Delta Conservation Plan Details Efforts to Protect Endangered Fish http://kvpr.org/post/bay-delta-conservation-plan-details-efforts-protect-endangered-fish <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released new details today of its plan to protect fish and wildlife in the Sacramento-San-Joaquin Delta. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the plan revolves around new tunnels to carry more water to the Central Valley and southern California.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:10:40 +0000 Amy Quinton 12782 at http://kvpr.org Bay Delta Conservation Plan Details Efforts to Protect Endangered Fish