Areas Of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) Version 3: A California Department Of Fish And Wildlife Conservation Analysis Tool

PRESENTED BY MELANIE GOGOL-PROKURAT: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Areas of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) project is a non-regulatory tool that brings together the best available map-based data in California to depict biodiversity, significant habitats, connectivity, climate change resilience, and other datasets for use in conservation planning. ACE compiles and analyzes information from … Continue reading “Areas Of Conservation Emphasis (ACE) Version 3: A California Department Of Fish And Wildlife Conservation Analysis Tool”

Help Stop Pesticide Contamination in Smith River Estuary

By Greg King, Siskiyou Land Conservancy After many years the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has finally released a long awaited report that provides new and devastating data from the Smith River estuary: From 2013-15 state scientists found 17 highly toxic pesticides in surface waters of the lower Smith River. They also found at … Continue reading “Help Stop Pesticide Contamination in Smith River Estuary”

All of state’s salt marshes are at risk of vanishing. Natural Protectors are threatened along coast. Blame rising seas and humans, study says. Hundreds of species would be threatened; floods would worsen.

By Rosanna Xia 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 many endangered species. Coastal wetlands such as Bolinas Lagoon in Marin County, the marshes along Morro Bay and the ecological preserve in Newport … Continue reading “All of state’s salt marshes are at risk of vanishing. Natural Protectors are threatened along coast. Blame rising seas and humans, study says. Hundreds of species would be threatened; floods would worsen.”

To address climate change, stop clear-cutting

By Shannon Wilson For The Register-Guard Feb. 25, 2018 Although the Clean Energy Jobs bill’s alleged aim is the reduction of Oregon’s carbon emissions, it amazingly ignores the state’s largest emitter: industrial clear-cut logging on millions of acres of our forest lands. The Center for Sustainable Economy declared in its 2017 “Oregon Forest Carbon” report … Continue reading “To address climate change, stop clear-cutting”

California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying

Judge Strips State Food Agriculture Agency of Authority to Use Chemicals SACRAMENTO, Calif – A judge has ordered the California Department of Food and Agriculture to stop using chemical pesticides in its statewide program until the agency complies with state environmental laws. The injunction, issued late last week, is a sweeping victory for 11 public-health, conservation, citizen and food-safety groups and the city … Continue reading “California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying”

Action to Help Pesticide Contamination in the Smith River

Help Stop Pesticide Contamination in Smith River Estuary By Greg King, Siskiyou Land  Conservancy After many years the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has finally released a long awaited report that provides new and devastating data from the Smith River estuary: From 2013-15 state scientists found 17 highly toxic pesticides in surface … Continue reading “Action to Help Pesticide Contamination in the Smith River”

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”