State agencies agree to try to help Delta fish

The California Departments of Water Resources and Fish and Game have agreed to jointly work on ways to restore the fish populations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh.

The goal will be to mitigate State Water Project impacts on sensitive fish species in the Delta by improving habitat and favorable conditions to benefit key native fish species, including the Delta smelt, the agencies say.

“The signing of this agreement is a wonderful step for conservation in California,” says DFG Director John McCamman. “It will mean that we can step up our restoration efforts for endangered Delta species.”

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Valley water keeps flowing toward Southern California

The Dudley Ridge Water District is located in Southern Kings County, adjacent to the California Aqueduct near Kettleman City. The roughly 30 thousand acre district has just a few property owners. They grow mostly almonds, pistachios and pomegranates. But to some critics, one of their biggest cash crops is water.

 

The Dudley Ridge Water District sold the rights to 14 thousand acre feet of water to the Mojave Water District in Southern California last year for $73-million. Dudley Ridge Water District Manager Dale Melville explained it this way. “It’s an economic business decision the landowners needed to make.”

The sale raised alarm bells in Kings County, and prompted a Grand Jury Investigation. Which found no wrongdoing. But State Assembly member Juan Arambula was concerned. “I think what is going on might be legal, but it’s not right.”

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