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September 28, 2017
BOR proposes change to Action 4 of 2008 biological opinion
Service Response

June 26, 2017
Service releases California WaterFix biological opinion (PDF 52.61 MB)
See our California WaterFix page.
Service statement concerning California WaterFix Biological Opinion (PDF)

April 18, 2017
Wanted: More smelt data
Enhanced Delta Smelt Monitoring Program helps fill the void

March 17, 2017
Into the darkness: Imperiled spring-run Chinook salmon released into upper San Joaquin River

March 17, 2017
Steelhead, Chinook salmon spawning at Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Northern Calif

April 10, 2017
Response to BOR memo on 2017 delta smelt incidental take
Salvage Time Series Plots of SWP and CVP Exports

August 2, 2016
BOR-DWR request reinitiation of long-term operation of CVP and SWP.
Letter | Reinitiation | List of Species

Volunteers inspecting Antioch Evening Primrose, Steve Martarano USFWS

Volunteers Surveying for Evening Primrose
Photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS

July 21, 2016
News Release
Lower Deer Creek Recreation Trail Set to Close Due to Fish Passage ProjectLower Deer Creek Recreation Trail Set to Close Due to Fish Passage Project

July 6, 2016
Field Notes

Volunteers help conduct annual survey for endangered Antioch Dunes evening primrose -- at the only place in the world where it is found.
See photo right.

December 30, 2015
Delta Smelt Info

Delta Smelt Q&A

October 29, 2015
Delta Research Station, Sacramento
News Release
site of proposed delta research station
(Proposed site, CA Dept. of Water Resources 2008 photo)

August 21, 2015
Restoration Efforts Paying Dividends for Two Key San Francisco Bay Area Endangered Species
Salt marsh harvest mouse survey team, photo: Steve Martarano USFWS
Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse survey
Photo: Steve Martarano FWS

July 3, 2015
Order conditionally approving petition, temporary urgency changes in license and permit terms and conditions requiring compliance with Delta water quality objectives in response to drought.

June 23, 2015
Drought Conditions Force Difficult Management Decisions For Sacramento River Temperatures

April 16, 2015
Early Warning Delta Smelt Drought Monitoring Discontinued

March 24, 2015
Coleman National Fish Hatchery Repeats Process of Transporting Up to 12 Million Juvenile Salmon

February 13, 2015
Media Availability, Release of 173,000 Livingston Stone Hatchery Chinook juveniles near Caldwell Park, Redding

January 26, 2015. Agencies Taking Measures to Protect Winter-run Chinook, Preparing to Release Approximately 600,000 Fish. California Department of Fish & Wildlife news release

January 2015. An updated conceptual model of Delta Smelt biology: our evolving understanding of an estuarine fish. Interagency Ecological Program of the San Francisco Bay/Delta Estuary, Management, Analysis and Synthesis Team (MAST).

January 9, 2015
Bureau of Reclamation memo on reinitiation of ESA consultation on CVP/SWP to address adult Delta Smelt take for 2015 operations.

FWS reply memo to Reclamation.

2014 News Releases

October 1, 2014
Amended Judgment

August 1, 2014
USGS Synthesis of Studies in the Fall Low-Salinity Zone, San Francisco Estuary

May 27, 2014
USFWS Will Truck and Release Final Chinook Salmon Smolts into San Pablo Bay Beginning Wednesday
News Release

April 21, 2014
USFWS Will Truck and Release Almost 4 million Chinook Salmon Smolts into San Pablo Bay Beginning Tuesday
News Release

April 9, 2014
Bureau of Reclamation Drought Operation Plan and Operational Forecast for April through November, 2014.
Reclamation memo, plan and forecast
FWS response memo

April 3, 2014
USFWS Announces It Will Release About 4.5 million Salmon Smolts from Coleman National Fish Hatchery Onsite Beginning Friday
News Release

March 24, 2014
Time Change for Salmon Trucking Media Events

Media Advisory

March 24, 2014
Coleman National Fish Hatchery Begins Process of Transporting Up to 12 Million Juvenile Salmon With First Releases This Week into Acclimation Pens Near Rio Vista, California
News Release

March 21, 2014
Media Availability to Announce Beginning of 2 ½ months of Salmon Trucking from Federal and State Hatcheries and Downstream Releases
Media Advisory

March 10, 2014
Contingency Release Strategies for Coleman National Fish Hatchery Juvenile Fall Chinook Salmon due to Severe Drought Conditions in 2014
USFWS Contingency Strategy
CA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Strategy
News Release

March 5, 2014
Consolidated Smelt/Salmonid Cases, Order re Motion to Extend Remand Schedule

February 27, 2014
Special Drought-Related Sampling for Delta Smelt
News Release

sampling delta smelt san joaquin river
Sampling, Jersey Point, San Joaquin River
Photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS

February 5, 2014
Service Begins Special Drought-Related Monitoring for Delta Smelt
News Release

January 2, 2014

Bay-Delta Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Comment

2013 News Releases

October 22, 2013

12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Ashy Storm-Petrel as an Endangered or Threatened Species

ashy storm-petral, Ilana Nimz, Point Reyes Bird Observatory
(Photo by Ilana Nim, Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory)

Our review of the best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the ashy storm-petrel is not in danger of extinction (endangered) nor likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future (threatened), throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
FR Vol. 78, No. 204

News Release

Finding (scroll down first page to see)

Questions & Answers

Species Report (PDF 1.49 MB)

July 30, 2013

Study: Sturgeon Spawning in the San Joaquin River

News Release (PDF)

USFWS technician with white sturgeon

Spawning Surveys


February 22, 2013

Memorandum - OCAP Incidental Take Statement Correction

February 12, 2013

Federal, California Agencies Confer on Short-term, Long-term Measures to Address Protection of Threatened Species and Reduced Water Deliveries from Bay Delta News Release

2012 News Releases

November 28, 2012

30-Day Status Review
Ashy Storm-Petral

ashy storm-petral, Ilana Nimz, Point Reyes Bird Observatory
(Photo by Ilana Nim, Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory)
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service today announced it will accept comments through Dec. 28, 2012 regarding a status review of the ashy storm-petrel.
Federal Register Notice

Species Report (PDF 1.49 MB)

Longfin smelt

March 29, 2012

Longfin Smelt 12-Month Finding
Service finds San Francisco Bay-Delta population segment of longfin smelt warrants consideration for protection under Endangered Species Act. Formal listing precluded by higher priority species.
12-Month Finding (PDF)
News Release
Questions & Answers (PDF)
More information

2011 News Releases

October 27, 2011

FOIA Information Released Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office makes information relating to the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan available to public upon request. Details

August 26, 2011

$24 Million in Grants to Support Habitat Acquisition and Conservation Planning for Endangered Species in California. News Release

April 29, 2011

Incorporating Climate Change into Planning California's Bay-Delta Future

As federal, state and local experts continue to examine the factors contributing to the recent decline of California's Bay-Delta ecosystem, the effects of climate change have surged to the forefront of study. See also Conservation in a Changing Climate.

March 9, 2011

Opening of 30-day Longfin Smelt Comment Period
News Release (PDF)
Initiation of Status Review for Longfin Smelt (PDF)

January 20, 2011

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta Office Opens in New Location

2010 News Releases

November 4, 2010

Delta Science Program Panel Meets to Review OCAP Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives' Actions

October 5, 2010

Sacramento Splittail doesn't warrant ESA Protection
News Release
PDF Version

June 9, 2010

Science Task Force Announces Strategies to Integrate California Bay-Delta Biological Opinions

April 19, 2010

Service Initiates Status Review of Sacramento Splittail

April 2, 2010

Service Finds Uplisting of Delta Smelt From Threatened to Endangered

2009 News Releases

October 23, 2009

New Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife Office Opens in Sacramento

Older Releases

See the National News Release Archive