Diverted River Sustains California Wine Country, but It’s Killing Salmon

Utility PG&E’s Potter Valley Project includes two dams on the Eel River that are up for relicensing. Water diversions into the Russian River for power generation are in jeopardy as salmon and steelhead remain at risk of extinction. Written by Matt Weiser Published on Jan. 29, 2018 Read time Approx. 6 minutes Few people outside Northern California have heard of the … Continue reading “Diverted River Sustains California Wine Country, but It’s Killing Salmon”

This is a tale of two watersheds: One that invests and protects its watersheds and one that sacrifices its watersheds to one crop producing non-foods.

Napa Valley tree-removal ballot proposal brings wine business, environmentalist clash CYNTHIA SWEENEY NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL | January 29, 2018, 9:29AM As new vineyards spread from the crowded Napa Valley floor to the hillsides, environmentalists have succeeded in getting enough votes to qualify for the June 5 ballot that aims to protect the county’s watershed and oak … Continue reading “This is a tale of two watersheds: One that invests and protects its watersheds and one that sacrifices its watersheds to one crop producing non-foods.”

California needs smart solutions to dead trees

By Daniel Barad Special to The Bee January 17, 2018 Last month the U.S. Forest Service released astonishing estimates that the number of trees killed by drought and pine beetles in California has risen to 129 million in the past five years. Rather than respond in a way driven by science, ecological values and common … Continue reading “California needs smart solutions to dead trees”

Big Unknowns: What Legal Marijuana Means for Water in Western States

Six western states now allow recreational use of marijuana, creating a huge new legal market for cannabis farmers. But the implications for water supplies remain a big unknown. “It looks like a mess right now,” one expert says. Written by Matt Weiser Published on  Jan. 3, 2018 Read time Approx. 10 minutes States throughout the West have rushed to legalize … Continue reading “Big Unknowns: What Legal Marijuana Means for Water in Western States”

Key scientific issues in developing drinking water guidelines for perfluoroalkyl acids: Contaminants of emerging concern

Gloria B. Post, Jessie A. Gleason, Keith R. Cooper Published: December 20, 2017 Read the article at journals.plos.org Abstract Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs), a group of synthetic organic chemicals with industrial and commercial uses, are of current concern because of increasing awareness of their presence in drinking water and their potential to cause adverse health effects. … Continue reading “Key scientific issues in developing drinking water guidelines for perfluoroalkyl acids: Contaminants of emerging concern”

How to Get California’s Water Infrastructure Ready for Climate Change

Across California, droughts, floods and fires are straining the state’s aging infrastructure. Jamesine Rogers Gibson of the Union of Concerned Scientists says the state needs to prepare infrastructure for the uncertain impacts of climate change. Written by Ian Evans. Published on Dec. 14, 2017 While researchers disagree on exactly how climate change will impact future precipitation in California, there … Continue reading “How to Get California’s Water Infrastructure Ready for Climate Change”

Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California

California could be hit with significantly more dangerous and more frequent droughts in the near future as changes in weather patterns triggered by global warming block rainfall from reaching the state, according to new research led by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Using complex new modeling, the scientists have found that rapidly melting Arctic … Continue reading “Climate scientists see alarming new threat to California”

When is it a wetland? When a state board says so

By Aubrey Bettencourt Special to The Bee October 13, 2017 A single word, in the right context, has power. The State Water Resources Control Board is engaged in a wholesale reclassification of millions of acres of public and private lands by choosing a new definition for the word “wetland.” Opinion Whether out of fear of … Continue reading “When is it a wetland? When a state board says so”

California Needs to Rethink Urban Fire Risk After Wine Country Tragedy

Policy and planning shortfalls in how we assess fire risk need to be addressed because we’re likely to see more wildfires tearing through urban neighborhoods, says fire expert Max Moritz of the University of California, Berkeley. Written by Max Moritz, Published on Nov. 9, 2017, Read time Approx. 6 minutes We recently witnessed the wind-driven Tubbs fire blast … Continue reading “California Needs to Rethink Urban Fire Risk After Wine Country Tragedy”

Toxic Ashes and Charred Forests Threaten Water After North Bay Fires

The fires that burned wildlands and urban areas in Northern California this month now pose a threat to water quality, humans and wildlife as crews work to contain unstable hillsides and keep toxic debris from entering waterways. Written by Alastair Bland. Published on Oct. 24, 2017. Read time Approx. 5 minutes For many homeowners in … Continue reading “Toxic Ashes and Charred Forests Threaten Water After North Bay Fires”