Report on Calif. Bay-Delta Water & Environmental Management – Release March 19

The National Research Council will hold a one-hour telephone news conference Friday, March 19, to release a new report requested by Congress and the U.S. Department of the Interior that evaluates actions proposed by two federal agencies in the California Bay-Delta to protect endangered and threatened fish species.

In 2008 and 2009 respectively, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service issued “biological opinions” under the Endangered Species Act that contained Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs) requiring actions to reduce the adverse effects of water diversions on delta smelt, Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, and green sturgeon. Those actions included restrictions on diverting water during certain periods, depending on environmental conditions.

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