Smelt Delta Ruling by shuifanglj

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									     Case Study: Sacramento/SF Delta Ruling on the Delta SMELT
Please jot down notes to enable you to discuss the question you are exploring You do not
need to type your answers, but I will check off your notes for participation credit.

ALL GROUPS--              Please read this FIRST (its very short)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/09/01/MNPCRT83Q.DTL

Optional Video on Smelt (notice this film relates to the May ruling described above)

http://climate.weather.com/video/?ref=7c4e6a0713ba05b6a2f351038b840d5c8467e4fc

       Group A (Elyse, Riley, Joel): Association of California Water Agencies

http://www.capitalpress.info/main.asp?SectionID=94&SubSectionID=801&ArticleID=34
948&TM=43863.2
        -Be prepared to discuss why the smelt ruling does NOT represent a sound/logical
economical, or ecological solution (i.e. pretend to oppose the ruling, even if you believe
in it.)
http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/2007/09/the_latest_in_c.html

       -   Kate Pool (Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council)
           claims that saving the smelt will “protect the delta and clean drinking water.”
           Do you think this is true?
       -   IF you want to find out more information: http://www.acwa.com/

       Group B (Jasmine, Carisa, Michael D.): Environmentalists/fishermen

From “all groups” article (at top of page)

        - Be prepared to discuss why the smelt ruling represents a sound/logical
economical, or ecological solution (i.e. pretend to be in favor of the ruling, even if you
are not); try to think of specific examples (consider within, and downstream of the
Sacramento Delta.. such as http://www.sfbayjv.org/news.html#Longfin)

        - Consider the last line of the article, but replace “global warming” with
           ”planetary alteration.” Think of specific ways in which this ruling could, in
           fact, help Californians to move toward sustainability. Consider if/how the
           outcome different than a tax on water (or a removal of a water subsidy)?
Read:
http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/2007/09/the_latest_in_c.html

       -   Kate Pool (Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council)
           claims that saving the smelt will “protect the delta and clean drinking water.”
           Do you think this is true?
        Group C (Shawn C., Nicole, Nathan): Pretend you are Governor Schwarzenneger..
Skim the following articles:
http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/press-release/7320/
http://www.cfbf.com/agalert/AgAlertStory.cfm?ID=868&ck=DD45045F8C68DB9F54E7
0C67048D32E8

       -    As the Governor of California, how do you feel about the smelt ruling? (infer
            from reading)
        - The governor’s[your] strategic water plan relies primarily on what source for
future water needs?
        http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/issue/sgp-backpage/sgp-flood-water

       - Brainstorm the pro’s and con’s of your strategy, from both an economic and
ecological perspective.

       Group D (Diana, Vanessa, Julie O.): Delta Ecosystem Ecologist

      Read the Science Magazine article “Delta Blues,” posted on the course website.
      - Be prepared to discuss other major threats to the delta smelt (besides high
pump/flow rates)
              - Be able to explain the process by which the “islands” in the delta have
      subsided.
      - In what sense is the smelt a “canary in the coal mine”?

       Group E (Alyssa, Anna, Joseph): Invasive Species Specialist

http://www.savesfbay.org/site/apps/nl/content3.asp?c=dgKLLSOwEnH&b=1335213&ct
=1576657
        - The article claims that the smelt are an “indicator species”: what would a high
          abundance of smelt “indicate”? Why are the smelt so vulnerable?

http://www.mass.gov/dcr/waterSupply/lakepond/factsheet/Asian%20Clam.pdf
Consider:
        -Why makes the Asian clam tend to be a successful invader?
        -How does do the clams alter the ecosystem? Speculate on specific ways that the
clam might affect the delta smelt.
        - How did it arrive?
        -What are the economic costs associated with the clam?
        - How do you think we should control the clam?

http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/invasives/
         - Consider the ecosystem effects of the Asian clam described in this article (be
sure to read the gray box on the right hand side). How can we predict changes in an
ecoysystem with natural variability?
       Group F (Kelly, Mike M.,): Opinion from the South

         - Pretend that you are a farmer in southern California. Be prepared to discuss
how the smelt ruling will negatively affect you:
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2007/06/26/news/top_stories/1_01_296_25_07.txt
Be sure to read the comments from San Diego readers, below story, they are funny.
         - Given the instability of the Delta water supply, where else might you get your
water from? Jot down the pro’s and con’s of each the options.
http://www.water-ed.org/cabriefing.asp
Read/skim the sections “Growth” through “The Bay-Delta”.
         - What would be likely economic and ecological impacts associated with turning
to this (these) sources?

								
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