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2016 Long-term Operations Biological Opinions (LOBO) Annual Science Reports
Letter from National Marine Fisheries Service: Re: Proposed Modification to the Annual Review Schedule Required as Part of the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative in the National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2009 Biological Opinion on the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, June 30, 2016
Letter from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: Proposed Modification to the Annual Review Schedule Required as Part of the Reasonable and Prudent Alternative in the National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2009 Biological Opinion on the Coordinated Long-term Operation of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project, April 25, 2016
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have each issued a Biological Opinion (BiOp) on the long-term operations of the Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) that include Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPA) designed to alleviate jeopardy to listed species and adverse modification of critical habitat. NMFS’ RPA requires the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and NMFS to host a workshop no later than November 30 of each year to determine whether any measures prescribed in the RPA should be altered in light of information learned from the prior year’s operations or research. Under direction from the Secretaries of Commerce and Interior, this review has been expanded to include a review of the implementation of the USFWS Long-term Operations BiOp. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) also participates in the review because it operates the SWP. The intent of the annual review is to inform NMFS and USFWS as to the efficacy of the prior years’ water operations and regulatory actions prescribed by their respective RPAs, with the goal of developing lessons learned, incorporating new science, and proposing scientifically justified adjustments to the RPAs or their implementation to support decision-making for the next water year.
In April 2016, Reclamation and NMFS agreed to temporarily modify the RPA science review frequency from annual to biennial from 2016 through 2020. At that time, Reclamation and NMFS will evaluate whether to make this change permanent or consider additional changes. The next science review will be held in November 2017. Reclamation will hold an informal stakeholder meeting in December 2016 to allow public input regarding RPA implementation. For more details, please see the agency correspondence (above).
Regardless of the frequency of the LOBO review, standard annual reports required by the Long-term Operations BiOps will continue to be reported annually. They are presented below.
- Sacramento River Temperature Task Group (SRTTG) Annual Report of Activities
- American River Group (ARG) Annual Report of Activities
- Clear Creek Technical Team (CCTT) Annual Report of Activities
- Stanislaus Operations Group (SOG) Annual Report of Activities
- Delta Operations for Salmonids and Sturgeon Group (DOSS) Annual Report of Activities
- DOSS Appendix B: 2015/2016 Salmonid and Green Sturgeon Incidental Take and Monitoring Report – expected December
- Smelt Working Group (SWG) Annual Report of Activities
The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)