State agencies have released a long-term plan for drought preparation and water conservation in California. Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life includes actions based on lessons learned during the drought. Some actions will require new legislation or expanded state authority, while others can be implemented under existing authorities.
M&T/Llano Seco Fish Screen Facility Long-term Protection Project Public Scoping and Public Meeting
The USFWS and CDFW are holding two public scoping meetings on July 27th from 2-4pm and later at 6-8pm at the Chico Masonic Family Center (1110 W. East Avenue). The public is invited to learn more about the proposed project, the proposed alternatives, and to provide comments on the scope of the environmental review to be conducted.
Final EIR and SPRC meeting for Colusa-Sacramento River SRA General Plan
The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been released, which includes responses to all comments received during the Draft EIR public comment period. The State Park and Recreation Commission will hold several public meetings as they consider approval of the Preliminary General Plan and Final EIR.
Public Meeting Notice Colusa-Sacramento River SRA General Plan
The California State Park and Recreation Commission are holding a public meeting on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at Granzella's Banquet Hall (457 7th St, Williams). Agenda items will include consideration and possible action on the the approval of the General Plan and EIR for Colusa-Sacramento River SRA.
On March 24, a program that will be held at the Tehama Country Visitors Center on Thursday March 24th at 7 pm titled 'Conservation Conversations' This program will feature Bob Madgic and a multimedia presentation about the Sacramento River.
Sacramento River Preservation Trust Announces Dates for Paddle California 2016
Paddle California will be September 29 through October 2, 2106 with four-days of paddling and three nights of camping along the river. The journey begins at Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA and ends at Scotty's Landing in Chico, CA.
Draft CVIFMS Watershed Plan released for informal public review
The draft Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study (CVIFMS) Watershed Plan has been released. CVIFMS is a watershed study covering the Sacramento River Watershed and focuses on system-based solutions to water resources related problems.
A public meeting will be held on December 16, 2015, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Yuba County Government Center in Marysville. For more information, visit this website: www.bitly.com/cvifmstudy.
The Forum has completed the steps to changing the official name of the organization to the Sacramento River Forum.
Glenn County Certified Farmers Market to open after Memorial Day
Willows Market will open Wednesday, May 27th. Willows Market hours will be from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, every Wednesday thru August 26th. Location will be the Willows City Lot at N. Tehama Street, south of Bank of America in Willows.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has developed the Drafi Environmental Assessment (EA) for Habitat Restoration of the Bogg's Bend Unit on Sacramento River National Wildlife Refoge, The Draft EA describes and evaluates three alternatives and their potential impact on the environment for habitat restoration on the Bogg's Bend Unit in Colusa County. A public review and comment period for the Draft EA will begin on April 17, 2015. For information the letter (pdf). Or read the Draft EA (pdf, 17 MB).
A special junior turkey hunt event that will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. The Sacramento NWR Complex and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) are hosting a barbeque and activities for junior hunters at the parking area of the Sul Norte/Codora Units. The parking area is located on the north side of the Butte City Bridge, off Highway 162 in Glenn County.
Senators Jim Nielsen and Lois Wolk are principal authors of Senate Bill 234, which would provide $19 million from the state's General Fund to the Department of Fish and Wildlife to make payments to counties for unpaid revenues under the currently suspended Payment In-Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
DWR and USACE Seeking Stakeholder Input on Sacramento River Basin Watershed Study
The Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Sacramento District seeking input from interested stakeholders for a jointly-led watershed study covering the Sacramento River Basin called the Central Valley Integrated Flood Management Study.
Draft Conservation Strategy Available for Public Review
DWR has prepared a Draft Central Valley Flood System Conservation Strategy (Conservation Strategy) for public review and comment. The Conservation Strategy is an integral component of the 2017 Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP). It outlines a comprehensive, long-term approach to improve riverine and floodplain ecosystems, and provides guidance on how multi-benefit projects can provide ecological benefits while protecting public safety.
Public Draft EIR EIS for Sacramento River Bank Protection Project Phase II (80,000 lf) available for review comment
The Draft EIR/EIS has been released for the Sacramento River Bank Protection Project Phase II (Sac Bank) which will authorize 80,000 linear feet of bank protection 'to arrest and avoid streambank erosion that threatens the integrity of the Sacramento River Flood Control Project levee system.' It is programmatic in nature, but looks at five action alternatives using 106 representative sites (which may or may not end up being the actual sites implemented). Several public meetings will be held during the comment period which are listed on the public notice.
USFWS withdraws Proposal to Delist VELB from the ESA Following Scientific Review
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it is withdrawing its proposal to remove the valley elderberry longhorn beetle from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species. This medium-sized beetle, found only in California's Central Valley, remains protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The Sacramento River, its habitat and Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia)
Lucas RossMerz, Sacramento River Preservation Trust, will be bringing their River Road Show to the Altacal Audubon Meeting at the Chico Creek Nature Center on Monday, September 15th, at 6:30pm. Lucas' presentation will give an overview of the history of the Sacramento River with an emphasis on the natural history of Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)
USFWS Proposes Designation of Critical Habitat for Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW) is proposing to designate 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the western distinct population segment (DPS) of the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The USFWS is seeking public comments through October 14, 2014.
A workshop titled Benefits of Hedgerows on Farms in the Sacramento Valley will be held on August 27 in Winters. This workshop will focus on the benefits of hedgerows of California native plants in agricultural landscapes. Topics will include bird predation on codling moth, rodents in hedgerows, IPM, and establishment and maintenance practices for planting habitat on field crop edges, including an overview of plant species appropriate for hedgerows in the Sacramento Valley.
Economic study on the effects of the 2014 drought on agriculture released
The University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences has published Economic Analysis of the 2014 Drought for California Agriculture. The study indicates the 2014 drought has caused the greatest water-supply reduction ever in California agriculture.
Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area General Plan and EIR - Notice of Preparation
The Department of Parks and Recreation has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the draft Environmental Impact Report for the Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area General Plan. Click the link below to download the NOP.
A workshop titled Benefits of Hedgerows on Farms in the Sacramento Valley will be held on June 19 at the Davis Home Ranch in Colusa. The workshop will focus on the benefits of hedgerows of California native plants in agricultural landscapes.
Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions
Governor Brown issued an executive order to strengthen the state's ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.
Reclamation Releases Central Valley Project Integrated Resource Plan
The Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) has released the final report on the Central Valley Project (CVP) Integrated Resource Plan. USBR investigated climate change impacts on water supplies and demands in the CVP service area and performed an exploratory analysis of potential adaptation strategies to address these impacts.
California launches online center for drought information. The Governor's Office and state agencies have launched drought.ca.gov, which will provide a central, one-stop location for drought information. Agencies will continue their own drought webpages, and drought.ca.gov will include a listing of these webpages.
The project will get receive $8.6 million in federal funding for the first phase of the project. An additional $3.8 million in federal funding earmarked in President Obama's 2015 budget, subject to congressional approval.
California Farmers & Ranchers Offered Drought Help
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing information for farmers and ranchers interested in applying for drought assistance funding, which was announced last Tuesday, Feb. 4. Farmers and ranchers should consult with their local NRCS offices as soon as possible in order to apply for assistance by the March 3, 2014, deadline.
The workshop is being held on February 18 at 9 am in the Winters Public Library in support of the Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP), administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). WHEP works with farmers interested in promoting bird-friendly farming practices on eligible farms in the Sacramento Valley.
The final State Water Action Plan was recently released. It outlines California's near- and long-term water priorities and includes 2014-15 Budget Proposals, implementation efforts, updates from public and stakeholder comments.
Watershed Management Efforts in the Sacramento River Watershed - round table discussion
The Sacramento River Watershed Program (SRWP) and Glenn County RCD (GCRCD) invite you to a (rescheduled) round table discussion on Tuesday, January 28th from 1pm to 4pm, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge - Fire Office Training Room, 752 County Rd 99, in Willows
M&T Chico Ranch/Llano Seco Rancho Fish Screen Facility Short-term Protection Project Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study
The Draft EA/IS, Proposed FONSI, and Proposed MND will be available for a 45-day public review period beginning on December 18, 2013. A public meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2014 at the Masonic lodge in Chico. The first session is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. A second session is from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Public Review Draft BDCP and Associated Draft EIR/EIS Now Available Online
The public review Draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) have been posted to www.BayDeltaConservationPlan.com in anticipation of the formal public review and comment period, which begins on Friday, December 13, 2013.
DWR is holding a Regional Forum to gather and share information relating to the California Water Plan and statewide and local Integrated Water Management. The Forum will also evaluate DWR's regional approach, asking for feedback on ways to improve outreach. Time and Location: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:30
Public draft of California Water Action Plan is posted and ready for comments
Public comments are being accepted for the draft California Water Action Plan. The plan identifies key management actions focused on water supply reliability, ecosystem restoration, and infrastructure needs.
The public review draft is available here: http://resources.ca.gov/docs/Final_Water_Action_Plan.pdf
USFWS propose to list the western population the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species
The USFWS proposed to list the western distinct population segment (DPS) of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the western United States. The USFWS will accept comments for this proposal through December 2, 2013.
Final public outreach meetings for the Northern Sacramento Valley IRWMP
In September, 2013, three public meetings will be held in Yuba City, Oroville, and Redding. These will include an update on the Draft Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) and a discussion of the next steps/schedule of the NSV Board for discussion and possible adoption of the Plan. Public comments will be received.
5th Annual State of the Sacramento River Watershed Forum
The forum agenda will feature panel discussions on topics including:
- a comprehensive new framework for system wide flood management,
- existing and proposed water storage,
- a vision for Sacramento River fisheries,
- and concerns and efforts surrounding one of our most important resources, our headwaters.
Morning reception at 7:30am on September 17, 2013. Location: Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA.
Coleman National Fish Hatchery volunteer orientation
Coleman National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) Friends Group is providing an orientation for volunteering for school field trips to the hatchery. The orientation is at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 20 at 24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Road in Anderson. For information call the hatchery at 365-8622 or email to FriendsofColeman@gmail.com
Safety Advisory for Labor Day Weekend on the Sacramento River
The California Department of Parks and Recreation releases an advisory on new state regulations and county ordinances to control the possession and consumption of alcohol on and along the Sacramento River. State Park lands between River Road and the Sacramento River also have alcohol restrictions.
A forum entitled, Understanding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan And Alternative Proposals - How Will Sacramento Valley Interests Be Addressed? will be held from 1-4pm, August 21, 2013 at the Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Avenue, Chico CA.
Hamilton City's J Levee project clears Senate Appropriations Committee
The Hamilton City Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project, aimed at restoring the J levee and providing wildlife habitat, made it through the Senate Appropriations Committee this week.
The atlases were developed as part of the Regional Flood Management Plans for the 2012 Central Valley Flood Plan. Maps in the atlases show flood risk characteristics and hazards. They also include the following information: Local Maintaining Agencies Flood control facilities, Levee conditions, FEMA 100-year floodplain, General land use types, Managed environmental lands, Riparian vegetation, critical habitat, and endangered and threatened species.
Celebrating 25 Years of Conservation on the Sacramento River
Please join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy to celebrate 25 years of protecting and restoring the Middle Sacramento River. When: Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Where: Tehama County River Park, 25340 South Avenue, Corning
California's Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing the State's Flood Risk
The Department of Water Resources released the public review draft of California's Flood Future: Recommendations for Managing the State's Flood Risk on April 3, 2013. Public comments comments will be collected until May 20.
Technical Workshop: Getting to CVFPP Measurable Objectives
The California Department of Water Resources is holding a technical workshop on Thursday, May 2, 2013 that will focus on the approach for developing measurable objectives as part of the Basin-Wide Feasibility Studies and Central Valley Flood System Conservation Strategy.
Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area meeting
State Parks is holding a meeting to discuss future interpretation and Education at the recreation area. To be held Tuesday, April 23, from 3:30pm to 5pm at the Colusa City Hall Conference Room. Please RSVP.
In Little Hoover Commission releases a report entitled, Beyond Crisis: Recapturing Excellence in California's State Park System. The report criticizes the management of the 280-park system and recommends a new operating model be developed.
Cache Creek Conservancy and the Yolo County Resource Conservation District are hosting our annual workshop for restoration professionals, landowners and students on the latest restoration techniques of local riparian ecosystems. April 17th, 2013, 8:00am to 12:30pm at the Cache Creek Nature Preserve in Woodland.
U.S. Postal Service releases the Bank Swallow Forever stamped envelopes
The 58-cent Forever stamped envelopes feature the highly realistic stamp art work of illustrator Matthew Frey, which show a large illustration of the Bank swallow (Riparia riparia) perching and a smaller illustration of the bird in flight.
EIR/EIS review period for Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage project
A Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) on the Yolo Bypass Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Fish Passage project is currently being circulated for a 30-day public comment period. Comments must be submitted by April 3, 2012.
Join local environmental organizations on Friday, March 8, from 5:30-8pm at the C.A.R.D. Center at 545 Vallombrosa Ave, Chico. We will be learning about each organization's visions, goals and achievements.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces the collaborative Federal Support Toolbox for Integrated Water Resources Management website
The Federal Support Toolbox, available at www.watertoolbox.us, will serve as a single point of entry to comprehensive information about water resources programs, initiatives, legislation, policies, regulations, collaborations, partnerships, databases, tools, models, data, research and development, education, and leadership that is housed on a participating agency's or organization's own server.
Yolo Bypass Fishery Enhancement Planning Team Meeting
The next Yolo Bypass Fishery Enhancement Planning Team meeting has been rescheduled for Friday, January 25, 2013 from 1:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m at 1416 9th Street, Room 1131, Sacramento, CA 95814. Call-In Number: (916) 651-0948
The first of a two-part workshop on flood frequency analysis will be hosted by the
Floodplain Management Association and the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday, Jan.
14, in Sacramento. There will be discussion on flood frequency concepts, and the value
of long-term and historic flood records. The registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 7.
Lower Tuscan Aquifer Study - Initial results meeting
The meeting will begin with a short presentation of project activities and results. Then attendees will be free to visit stations focusing on different aspects of the project. December 11, 6-8pm Chico Masonic Family Center
The next BDCP Public Meeting is scheduled for November 29 in Sacramento. The meeting will provide an update on the BDCP proposed project, and a discussion of the Effects Analysis agency comments and responses. 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. The Pagoda Building, City View Room, 429 J Street, Sacramento
The Sacramento River Watershed Program's (SRWP) Annual Watershed Stakeholders' Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, McConnell Foundation Lema Ranch, 800 Shasta View Drive, Redding, CA. RSVP by Nov. 26th.
The Northern Sacramento Valley Water Forum is holding a public meeting in Chico on October 11, 2012, at the Masonic Family Center. The meeting is titled "Taking a Closer Look at Delta Planning: How Does it Fit Together? How Does it Tie to the Sacramento Valley?"
Hydraulic oil discharged from the Shasta Dam spillway valve operating system into the river on August 15th. The system was shut down and contained within Keswick Reservoir by oil-absorbent booms. Cleanup operations are underway. The Keswick boat launch is closed to the public through Monday, August 20th.
A proposal to widen Cherokee Canal and divert floodwater from the Feather River across Butte County to the Sacramento River was officially removed from the current version of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.
NSV IRWM Plan Upcoming Project and Program Proposal Solicitation
As part of the Northern Sacramento Valley (NSV) Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan development process, the NSV IRWM Board is requesting proposed projects and programs for review and possible inclusion in the NSV IRWM Plan. The submission period is from July 10 through August 9 of 2012.
Hamilton City flood control project funding clears Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
On Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development recommended funding for the J Levee, a major hurdle in the plans to protect homes, farm land and state infrastructure.
CVFPB invites stakeholder comment on draft Central Valley Flood Protection Plan
At 1pm at it's Feb 24th meeting, the CVFPB will invite stakeholders to make recommendations for topics that the Board should utilize for its review of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan prior to adoption.
Interim strategic plan adopted for DFG and California Fish and Game Commission
An interim strategic vision has been adopted for the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Fish and Game Commission. The plan identifies suggested core values, guiding principles, and goals and objectives for the two agencies. More details are available in this news release.
New Zealand Mud Snails found in the Sacramento River near Red Bluff
It was recently reported to DFG that New Zealand Mud Snails were detected in samples from late 2010 in the Sacramento River near Red Bluff. This species has spread widely and has become naturalized in many countries.
The Effects Analysis is a critical component for the BDCP and is intended to provide the best scientific assessment of the likely effects of BDCP actions on the species of concern, and ecological processes of the Bay-Delta system.
USFWS to issue finding on petition to delist the valley elderberry longhorn beetle
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting more scientific and biological information from the public and species experts about the valley elderberry longhorn beetle to determine whether the beetle, currently a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), should be proposed for delisting.
Sacramento River Regional Forum on Water Planning and Management
The Department of Water Resources, in cooperation with local entities and organizations, is holding a Regional Forum to gather and share information relating to the California Water Plan, integrated water management, flood planning and water related efforts. This includes collecting feedback on local conditions and priorities that will help inform statewide investments.
The Forum will be held in Colusa on June 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Colusa Indian Community is hosting the event at the Community Center located at 3730 Highway 45 in Colusa.
Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary Grand Opening
The Altacal-Audubon Society, the Sacramento River Preservation Trust, the Chico Water Pollution Control Plant, and the City of Chico are pleased to announce the grand opening of the newly expanded & restored Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuar. February 19, 10am
Sacramento River Basin: A Roadmap to Watershed Managment available
The Sacramento River Watershed Program has realeased this online report which details water quality monitoring, health measurements, watershed projects, and provides an overview of the Sacramento River Basin.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California has set the application deadline for Fiscal Year 2011 Farm Bill conservation programs funding as November 12, 2010.
The deadline includes all California Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) priorities, except the EQIP Organic Initiative. The EQIP Organic Initiative sign up deadline will be provided at a later date.
The Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum (SRCAF) is developing a Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement and Voluntary Local Program (SHA/VLP) that will be offered to private landowners within the Sacramento River Conservation Area.