California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater Scott River www.westernrivers.org/projectatlas/scott-river/  The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects the argument that … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”

Legal Battle Staves Off Trump’s Assault on Clean Water Protections

Donald Trump’s efforts to strip away protections for rivers and wetlands have run into a tide of legal resistance. Joe Raedle / Getty Images By Michelle Chen, TruthoutPublished September 12, 2018 Since taking office, Donald Trump has waged a relentless attack on the nation’s waterways, but his efforts to strip away protections for rivers and wetlands have run … Continue reading “Legal Battle Staves Off Trump’s Assault on Clean Water Protections”

California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater RICHARD FRANK, August 29, 2018 The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”

Mark West Creek Study (Sonoma County)

Mark West Creek is one of five priority stream systems selected as part of the 2014 California Water Action Plan effort. The 59 square mile Mark West Creek HUC12 subwatershed, located within Sonoma County, is the second largest subwatershed in the Russian River basin. The creek supports several listed anadromous salmonid species including California Coastal … Continue reading “Mark West Creek Study (Sonoma County)”

Petition to Sign: Declare Climate Change Major Disaster

Declare Climate Change a Major Disaster before it’s too late https://www.change.org/p/california-governor-declare-climate-change-a-major-disaster-before-it-s-too-late Jorge Rebagliati started this petition to California Governor Despite Climate Change having been identified by scientists, leaders, analysts and people from all over the world as “the greatest threat to humanity and life on Earth”, actions taken to address it have been few in … Continue reading “Petition to Sign: Declare Climate Change Major Disaster”

All of state’s salt marshes are at risk of vanishing.

By Rosanna Xia Natural protectors are threatened along coast. Blame rising seas and humans, study says. Hundreds of species would be threatened; floods would worsen. On one side, there’s the rising ocean. On the other, rising buildings. Squeezed between the two are California’s salt marshes, a unique ecosystem filled with pickleweed and cordgrass, shorebirds and … Continue reading “All of state’s salt marshes are at risk of vanishing.”

Land use strategies to mitigate climate change in carbon dense temperate forests

Beverly E. Law, Tara W. Hudiburg, Logan T. Berner, Jeffrey J. Kent, Polly C. Buotte and Mark E. Harmon PNAS March 19, 2018. 201720064; published ahead of print March 19, 2018.  Edited by William H. Schlesinger, Duke University, Durham, NC, and approved January 22, 2018 (received for review November 16, 2017)  Significance Regional quantification of … Continue reading “Land use strategies to mitigate climate change in carbon dense temperate forests”

Forest ‘Restoration’ Rule is Ruse to Increase Logging

By Chad T. Hanson January 31, 2018 The U.S. Forest Service recently proposed a sweeping effort to identify aspects of environmental analysis and public participation to be “reduced” or “eliminated” regarding commercial logging projects in our national forests. The Trump administration is attempting to spin this as an effort to promote “increased efficiency” for the … Continue reading “Forest ‘Restoration’ Rule is Ruse to Increase Logging”

Two dams would suck the water bond dry

By Jacques Leslie (from LA Times Opinion Page, April 2018) Spurned dam projects are called vampires because they so often rise from the dead. The term perfectly fits two hoary, misguided proposals under consideration in California as a result of passage of Proposition 1, the 2014 bond measure that set aside $2.7 billion for new … Continue reading “Two dams would suck the water bond dry”

California’s fishing industry is drying up. We need to think big on climate change

By Brian Hines Special to The Sacramento Bee March 28, 2018 When I was ten, I taught myself how to fish in California’s redwood-lined Russian River, once a world-renowned wild steelhead rainbow trout sport fishery. Today, as a veteran trout and salmon sport angler I see how climate change threatens our wild trout and salmon … Continue reading “California’s fishing industry is drying up. We need to think big on climate change”