Tag Archives: Water

USGS Working to Restore Streamgages

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For questions about a streamgage in your state, please contact your local USGS water science center; contacts can be found at https://water.usgs.gov/key_officials.html. UPDATE, 11/6: Once all operational gages are brought back online, the USGS will focus on restoring other equipment that experienced the telemetry issues, including about 85 rapid deployment gages that are used periodically for emergency… Continue reading

Flood risk begins to ease along California rivers after six-month surge in water levels

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By Joseph Serna, Contact Reporter  for Los Angeles Times  For the first time in more than six months, no federally monitored rivers in California or Nevada are flooding or at risk of flooding, according to climate scientists. From Jan. 4 to July 15, at least one California or Nevada river fed by the Sierra Nevada was… Continue reading

A simplified method to classify streams and improve California’s water management

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by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences by Belize Lane, Sam Sandoval, and Sarah Yarnell Alterations to the natural flow regime for human water management activities have degraded river ecosystems worldwide. Such alterations are particularly destructive in regions with highly variable climates like California, where native riverine species are highly adapted to natural flooding and drought… Continue reading

What do stream fish do during flood flows?

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by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences Catch from a single seine haul (top to bottom): largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, two golden shiners and a green sunfish. Photo by Peter Moyle. By Peter B. Moyle My local stream, Putah Creek, looks like a river these days.  Water is pouring down the Glory Hole of… Continue reading

Big Rains Bring Both Good and Bad News for Salmon

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California’s drought has hit fish populations hard. Now that heavy rains have returned to the state, it would seem to be a boon for fish, such as salmon, but actually the heavy rainfall has had both positive and negative impacts. The Truckee River surges through downtown Reno, Nev., Jan. 9, 2017, after floodwaters crested earlier in… Continue reading

Study: Salmon don’t want too much water

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 By the Editorial Board,  The Modesto Bee  Salmon don’t read memos or get emails from the state Department of Water Resources, nor do they consult U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service instruction manuals. So how can they possibly know when it’s time to spawn? Over hundreds of thousands of years, salmon have learned to “read” signals… Continue reading

California Fish and Wildlife concerned flooding could impact migrating fish populations

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There is not a whole lot to see at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery these days. These days, muddy water from flooding brought a lot of disappoint during a recent field trip. The Fish and Wildlife Department is hard at work trying to harvest as many salmon eggs as they can because muddy waters from recent… Continue reading

Why the San Gabriel River is full and flowing despite a hot, dry November

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A small amount of water is released, rear, through Morris Dam in the Angeles National Forest above Azusa to augment that city’s water supply. The majority of the water currently flowing in the San Gabriel River is water purchased from Northern California. Nov. 16, 2016. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG) By Steve Scauzillo,… Continue reading

Salmon, Climate Change Cast Doubt on Future of Dams

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A major federal court decision requires reassessment of four dams on the Lower Snake River in Washington, and may set a precedent for others. The dams block access to some 5,500 miles of historic salmon spawning. Lower Granite Dam, the uppermost of four dams on the lower Salmon River in Washington that are the subject of… Continue reading

California Considers More Water For Fish In Sacramento River

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by  Amy Quinton California regulators are considering a plan that could allow more water in the Sacramento River to flow out to the ocean in order to protect fish and wildlife. The draft proposal did not set specific requirements, but suggested anywhere from 35 to 75 percent of the flows from the watershed be allowed… Continue reading