Fracking on Coast Revealed

By Amanda Wallner Last week, the Associated Press reported that for several years, oil companies have been using hydraulic fracturing techniques (fracking) off the coast of California. This dangerous process combines harsh chemicals, other materials, and (usually) intense pressure to help break up rock and soil for oil and gas extraction. There are a lot … Continue reading “Fracking on Coast Revealed”

News from the Center for Biological Diversity

Exciting news: The federal government announced today it will do a major analysis of fracking risks on California’s public lands. This comes in response to a lawsuit from us and our allies, as well as an outpouring of opposition from Center for Biological Diversity activists and supporters, to the federal auction of about 2,500 acres in Monterey … Continue reading “News from the Center for Biological Diversity”

When 2 wells meet, spills can often follow

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter August 5, 2013 When a geyser of oil and fracking fluid spewed out of an oil well on a farmer’s field in Innisfail, Alberta, it coated 100 trees with a fine mist. About 20,000 gallons of oil and fluid collected on a snow-covered field and had to be cleaned up. The … Continue reading “When 2 wells meet, spills can often follow”

Wildlife Activity Along Creek Corridors

From the Practical Winery & Vineyard Journal BY Jodi Hilty and Adina Merenlender, Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley Learning how to manage agro-ecosystems to conserve natural resources and wildlife is an ongoing challenge for agriculture the world over. Agro-ecology focuses on the farm, where farming practices, land management, and restoration … Continue reading “Wildlife Activity Along Creek Corridors”

“California Water Rights Atlas” Opens to Public

Empowers Citizens, Unlocks Information, Improves Water Management SACRAMENTO, CA – Former Brown Administration Resources Secretary Huey Johnson, president of the Resource Renewal Institute, today unveiled the first-ever public “California Water Rights Atlas.” This online tool enables citizens, policymakers, media and others to view thousands of current California water rights claims. RRI is a nonprofit, public … Continue reading ““California Water Rights Atlas” Opens to Public”

The Quality of Our Nation’s Waters

Ecological Health in the Nation’s Streams, 1993—2005 By Daren M. Carlisle, Michael R. Meador, Terry M. Short, Cathy M. Tate, Martin E. Gurtz, Wade L. Bryant, James A. Falcone, and Michael D. Woodside Introduction This report summarizes a national assessment of the ecological health of streams done by the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Water-Quality … Continue reading “The Quality of Our Nation’s Waters”

Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?

by NPR Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes, says the tribes have not been able to fish for suckerfish for the past 27 years. “The condition of our fish is just so dire,” he says. Amelia Templeton for NPR So often, we take water for granted. We turn on the faucet and there it … Continue reading “Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?”

Suit to Seeks to Establish State Water Board jurisdiction over Groundwater Connectivity with River

John Bowman Siskiyou Daily News, June 18, 2013 As the struggle to properly manage water in Scott Valley drags on, a recent decision by a state appeals court has determined that one battle will be hashed out in Sacramento rather than here in Siskiyou County. In 2010, the Environmental Law Foundation, the Pacific Coast Federation … Continue reading “Suit to Seeks to Establish State Water Board jurisdiction over Groundwater Connectivity with River”

Sonoma County Sees Surge in New Vineyard Projects

CATHY BUSSEWITZ THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, June 2, 2013 Wineries and vineyard owners have filed a flurry of applications to plant new vineyards and replace older vines in Sonoma County, even as the suitable land in the region has become more scarce. The rush to plant comes as the California wine industry is faced with aging … Continue reading “Sonoma County Sees Surge in New Vineyard Projects”

Wine and water: In rural North County, all is not well

June 16 By David Sneed — Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a five-part series. Coming Tuesday: At the center of the debate is the wine industry, which is both a major water user and an essential driver of the county’s No. 1 industry: tourism. On the surface, the rural parts of … Continue reading “Wine and water: In rural North County, all is not well”