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ICYMI 4/16/23: River’s End, El Nino, Dam Removal, Salmon Cancelled

TODAY “River’s End” 4:00 pm KVIE2 Sacramento
River’s End explores the global water crisis, using California as a microcosm. It shows how water politics that led to the draining of the Owens Valley by Los Angeles, made famous by the film Chinatown, continue to this day in ongoing efforts to take ever more water from Northern California’s San Francisco Bay estuary. Except this time, the water grab is at the hands of industrial agriculture.

April 2023 ENSO update: El Niño Watch – NOAA 4/13/23
That’s where we are… but where are we going?? There’s a 62% chance that El Niño will develop during the May–July period, and more than 80% chance of El Niño by the fall.

Inside Calif.’s Klamath River dam removal project, the largest in US history – SF Gate 4/13/23
 Northern California river advocates and tribal groups have been fighting for more than two decades for the removal of four dams on the Klamath River. Their victory late last year set the stage for the removal project to become the largest of its kind in U.S. history. Now is a particularly good time to learn about it, as preparations are already underway for the first dam to be removed starting in June. Here’s why this will be one for the history books.

Fishery council closes commercial and recreational salmon fishing off California Coast this year – Dan Bacher 4/7/23
On Thursday, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) unanimously voted to recommend a full closure of the recreational and commercial fishing season, based on the low abundance estimates and low returns to the rivers. 
It is expected that the National Marine Fisheries Service will follow with regulatory action to enact the closure, effective in mid-May, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).