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Published by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, Geological Survey, San Luis Unit Central Valley Project in Sacramento, CA .
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"The Tragedy at Kesterson Reservoir: A Lesson in Ecological Complexity.” American Society for Environmental History. Tacoma, Washington. March Grants and Awards: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Grant, CSU Stanislaus () California Delta Protection Commission Grant, “Delta Narratives” Project (–). Kesterson Reservoir, Merced County, CA, a disposal facility for agricultural drain water, became the object of intense scientific investigation after the discovery in that the disposal of Se- laden agricultural drain waters was having serious effects on the reproductive success of waterfowl.

David K DeForest, William J Adams, Peter M Chapman, What is an appropriate level of protection? An example considering selenium exposures by aquatic birds, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, /IEAM_a.1, 4, 4, (), (). long-term mitigation for Kesterson Reservoir and a Specifically, this program identifies approximat acres of private lands within the Northern San Joaquin River Basin for fee acquisition and management by. distribution of waterfowl and provide protection from. disturbance for endangered and threatened species.

Kesterson Reservoir and Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge: History, Current Problems and Management Alternatives, GaryR. Zahm Zahm Relationship Between Selenium Concentrations and Avian Reproduction, Harry M. Ohlendorf, Roger L. Hothem, Christine M. . The Refuge Water Supply Program (RWSP) is administered by the United States Department of the Interior jointly by the Bureau of Reclamation and Fish and Wildlife Service and tasked with acquiring a portion and delivering a total of , acre feet (AF) of water annually to 19 specific protected wetland areas in the Central Valley of California as mandated with the passing of the Central.


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Texts All Books All Texts latest This Just In Smithsonian Libraries FEDLINK (US) Information on Kesterson Reservoir and waterfowl Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. Information on Kesterson Reservoir and waterfowl. Publication date PublisherPages:   The former Kesterson Reservoir in the San Joaquin Valley provides a cautionary tale of the environmental impacts of agricultural drainage.

Completed in by the Bureau of Reclamation, Kesterson included 12 evaporation ponds for irrigation drainage water. The reservoir, a part of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge, was an important stopping point for waterfowl.

This is the first comprehensive environmental history of California’s Great Central Valley, where extensive freshwater and tidal wetlands once provided critical habitat for tens of millions of migratory waterfowl.

Weaving together ecology, grassroots politics, and public policy, Philip Garone tells how California’s wetlands were nearly obliterated by vast irrigation and reclamation.

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tion water and deposited in Kesterson Reservoir at toxic levels. On September 21 of that year, this disturbing information reached the public when the Fresno Bee first covered the story.2 The years of public outrage, political battles, and bureaucratic infighting that followed comprise part of the Kesterson.

Abstract Kesterson Reservoir (Kesterson) received subsurface agricultural drainwater containing high levels of salts and selenium from farmland in the San Joaquin Valley of California.

The accumulation of selenium in wetlands and waterfowl foods at Kesterson was investigated during May, August, and December of nium in wetlands and waterfowl foods at Kesterson Reser-voir, California, from Kesterson Reservoir have ) ; One-hundred Talent Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Tragedy at Kesterson Reservoir: Death of a Wildlife Refuge Illustrates Failings of Water Law Laura H. Kosloff. Editors' Summary: In Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in central California achieved national prominence when Fish and Wildlife Service scientists discovered severely deformed and dead waterfowl at the refuge and concluded that the cause was selenium contamination from.

Following the discoveries of irrigation drainage-related contamination issues at Kesterson Reservoir, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) implemented the National Irrigation Water Quality Program (NIWQP) in to study the effects of irrigation drainage on water resources and on fish and wildlife (Deason,Seiler et al., ).

The. The only downside is that the refuge hunting program closes when the Sutter Bypass floods. Farther south, the San Luis NWR Complex offers excellent waterfowl hunting for green-winged teal, pintails, gadwalls and other open-water ducks that define the waterfowling legacy of the ,acre Grassland Ecological Area in Merced County.

The Kesterson Reservoir is the name of a former unit of the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge which is part of the current San Luis National Wildlife site gained national attention during the latter half of the 20th century due to selenium toxicity and rapid die off of migratory waterfowl, fish, insects, plants and algae within the Kesterson Reservoir.

Subsurface agricultural drainage has been the sole source of water for Kesterson Reservoir, located on the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge (Fig. 1), since Duringaquatic birds nesting at Kesterson experienc- ed poor reproductive success (Ohlendorf et al., a, b, and unpublished data).

In a recent study at Kesterson Reservoir in California, selenium was shown to cause mortality and deformities in embryos of aquatic birds. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Kesterson Reservoir (CA, USA), a disposal facility for agricultural drain water, became the object of intense scientific investigation following discovery in that Se-laden agricultural drain water was having serious effects on the reproductive success of waterfowl.

A remedial measure involving permanent flooding with low-Se water, aimed at taking advantage of low Se solubility under. USBR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agree to operate Kesterson Reservoir as a waterfowl management area.

USFWS expresses concern about the degradation of ground water by nitrates in the San Joaquin Valley and its subsequent effect on the San Joaquin River. 21st Street, Suite Sacramento, California Telephone () Fax () Contact Us via our website.

(29) During the s and s until the disaster at Kesterson Reservoir, up to 50% of the water used in wildlife areas in the Grasslands region consisted of agricultural drainage and other 'surplus' waters (San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program b). Schuler CA, Anthony RG, Ohlendorf HM () Selenium in wetlands and waterfowl foods at Kesterson Reservoir, California, Arch Environ Contam Toxicol – CrossRef Google Scholar Seiler RL, Skorupa JP, Peltz LA () Areas susceptible to irrigation-induced selenium contamination of water and biota in the Western United States.

Kesterson reservoir: primary purposes In the absence of private ownership with which to contract for the terms of drain discharge, federal planners aimed to minimize impacts. They anticipated times when Delta out flow might not be enough to adequately flush nutrients carried by the drain water from feeding algal blooms in Suisun Bay.

and birth defects in waterfowl at Kesterson Reservoir (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, ). Drainage water that seeps from Kesterson Reservoir to under­ lying ground water is of concern because of possible contamination of nearby domestic wells or surface water, including the San Joaquin River.

More than 1, waterfowl died (NRC ). This discovery has come to be known as the Kesterson disaster. Floyd Dominy, head of the Bureau of Reclamation from toacknowledged in that the decision to build a water delivery system to what would become Westlands Water District "a terrible mistake".Dead and deformed waterfowl discovered at Kesterson Reservoir, pointing to problems of selenium-tainted agricultural drainage water.

Ruling by State Court of Appeals (Racanelli Decision) directs State Board to consider all beneficial uses, including instream needs, of Delta water when setting water quality standards.for Kesterson Reservoir, if the Bureau chose to keep facility in use as a waste disposal site.

or, alternatively, a closure and post-closure maintenance plan. On Mathe Secretary of the interior announced that Kesterson Reservoir would be closed to ensure protection of waterfowl in accordance with the YLigratory Bird Treaty Act.