2016 GGSA Press Highlights

From the New York Times (circulation: 1,379,806) To Save Its Salmon, California Calls in the Fish Matchmaker (January 15, 2016) At a hatchery on the Klamath River, biologists are using genetic techniques to reduce inbreeding, though some argue natural methods are more effective.   From 28 publications including Fox News, Associated Press Feds: California reservoirs only half full after big storms (January 22, 2016) The recent onslaught of El Nino storms only slightly increased the levels of California reservoirs that now stand at half of historic depths for this time of year, federal officials said Friday while releasing an initial water outlook for 2016.   From the San Jose Mercury News (circulation: 527,568) California water: Silicon Valley leaders express skepticism of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels plan (January 26, 2016) Three of Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water lieutenants came to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to make the case for his $17 billion plan to build two huge tunnels under the Delta to more easily move water from north to south.   From 78 publications including Salon.com 2nd disastrous drought year for endangered state salmon (February 2, 2016) Endangered native salmon suffered a second straight disastrous year in California’s drought, with all but 3 percent of the latest generation dying in too-shallow, too-hot rivers, federal officials said Monday.   From the Fresno Bee (circulation: 157,546) Old tensions boiler over in House hearing on California water (February 24, 2016) The year’s first congressional hearing on California’s water crisis incited stern voices and familiar feuds Wednesday, but showed no sign of legislative progress.   NBC Los Angeles Daily Salmon Count Predicts Grim Fishing Season (March 4, 2016) Estimates this year coming from Red Bluff have state and federal officials warning of a grim commercial salmon season.   From the Sacramento Bee (circulation: 279,032) As rain falls in California, tensions rise over who gets the water (March 11, 2016) With prolonged and steady rain falling on Northern California for the first time in weeks, tensions are rising over how to manage the stormwater flows now streaming through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta   From KCET (725,900 persons) 5 Reasons Dam Removal Still Makes Sense Despite the Drought (March 22, 2016) Dam removal is still often a good idea even as the state looks at yet another year of drought. Here are five reasons why.   From the San Francisco Chronicle (circulation: 218,987) FDA sued over approval of genetically engineered “frankenfish” (March 31/April 1) Bay Area fishing groups joined environmental and consumer advocates Thursday in a lawsuit that aims to stop a genetically engineered fish infused with genes from other species from finding its way onto dinner plates.   From U.S. News & World Report (monthly audience to over 20 million unique visitors with 120 million page views) Water Woes Divide California into Haves, Have Nots (April 8, 2016) Climate change may be causing a modern-day Dust Bowl situation in California. John McManus, executive director of Golden Gate Salmon Association, says salmon have been dying off in record numbers during the past several years and that has hurt fisherman and others who live in the area and rely on the fish for food.   From ABC News (2.4 billion page views to 77 million unique visitors worldwide on desktop) Pacific salmon may be scarce, pricey this summer (April 15, 2016) Salmon caught off the Pacific Coast may be harder to find in stores this summer and cost more with tight restrictions imposed on fishermen who anticipate pulling fewer of the prized catch into their boats, officials said Friday.   From 13 publications and Water Deeply (a peak 60% return rate and a recent average of eight minutes spent on site) Fishery Agency Slams Feinstein Drought Bill (May 17, 2016) The Pacific Fishery Management Council says drought legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein could harm California salmon runs that support a $1.4 billion fishing industry and 23,000 jobs.   From USA Today (circulation: 4,139,380) Sen. Feinstein says her bill will ‘produce real water’ (May 18, 2016) Sen. Dianne Feinstein told an Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee Tuesday that her comprehensive water bill would “produce real water” consistent with protections for endangered species.   From the Modesto Bee (circulation: 72,017) Feinstein water bill, after 28 drafts gets first hearing (May 18, 2016) Five years into California’s latest drought, a major water bill compromise can seem as far away as ever.   From The Daily Californian (circulation: 10,000) Misinformation of marijuana should not demonize crop (June 6, 2016) John McManus of the Golden Gate Salmon Association said that although there are salmon on the Eel and Klamath rivers, “our bread and butter is from the Sacramento Valley,” which provides for much of the ocean salmon fishing in California and Oregon.   From The National Law Review (300,000+ Average Monthly Visits, 400,000+ , Average Monthly Page Views, 340,000+ Average Monthly Unique Page Views) Genetically Engineered Salmon: What’s Really at Steak  (July 6, 2016) The complaint alleges that the FDA failed to evaluate how the GE salmon will impact the environment and that the farmed salmon will inevitably escape, “interbreed with wild endangered salmon, compete with them for food and space, or pass on infectious disease . . . .”   From News Deeply What You Need to Know About California’s $17 Billion Water Project (August 25, 2016) We asked two experts to answer key questions about California WaterFix, the state-backed plan to build two giant tunnels to divert Sacramento river flows. Here’s what they had to say.   From the AP and over 100 publications California’s native salmon struggling after 5 years of drought (September 4, 2016) The sleek, flapping salmon that fishermen hauled aboard the rolling Salty Lady charter boat near the Golden Gate Bridge were the survivors of the survivors. After five years of drought, the native Chinook salmon that the men were reeling in this past week were there only because state and federal agencies have stepped in to do much of the salmon-raising that California’s overtapped rivers once did. Most of the fish were born at the agencies’ hatcheries and carried in trucks for release downstream   From BuzzFeed “It’s Going To Be Devastating”: California Plans More Water For Fish (September 16, 2016) A new proposal would curtail the amount of water slated for human consumption in the state’s fertile Central Valley. Conservation groups say its an essential move, but local officials say it’ll decimate the state’s farms.   From Breitbart California Proposes More Water for Fish, Less for Farms and People (September 16, 2015) A new proposal by California Water Resources Control Board aims to double the amount of water that flows from the San Joaquin River to the delta and the sea, cutting back on allocations for farms and households to save fish.   From The Wall Street Journal California to Save More Water for Endangered Fish (September 15, 2016) California plans to reduce water for farms and cities from one of its biggest river systems in order to boost the amount of water for salmon and other threatened fish, state officials said Thursday.   From Los Angeles Times circulation 1,164,338 A plan to keep rivers flowing for fish triggers another water fight (September 15, 2016) State regulators want to leave more water for fish and wildlife in the heavily tapped tributaries of the San Joaquin River, setting the stage for another bruising California water fight.   From the AP and more…. Regulators propose leaving more water for fish in river (September 15, 2016) Regulators on Thursday proposed leaving more water for struggling native fish and pumping less to farms from the overtapped San Joaquin River system, in what could be one of the most significant overhauls of water allocation this century in California.   From the Sacramento Bee (Does not mention GGSA) It’s the age of limits for California’s water wars (September 15, 2016) The Sierra Nevada water that supplies 2.6 million businesses and homes in the Bay Area also supports the farm economies of the Central Valley, underpins a $1.4 billion fishing industry that depends heavily on iconic species such as Chinook salmon, and prevents seeping saltwater from wrecking the massive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. By the time the water in the San Joaquin River system makes it all the way to the Delta, four-fifths of it is gone.   From Sacramento Bee Can California’s winter run salmon be saved from extinction? Numbers this year show promise   and Associated press  Officials: California salmon avoid catastrophic year (November 11, 2016)    The number of juvenile winter-run Chinook salmon spawning on the Sacramento River in Northern California and swimming out to sea has doubled from 2015, and it’s significantly up from the prior year, officials said.