The Insect Apocalypse is Here

What  does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? (Excerpt from New York Times Magazine)Brooke Jarvis, November 27, 2018 In 2013, Krefeld entomologists confirmed that the total number of insects caught in one nature reserve was nearly 80 percent lower than the same spot in 1989. They had sampled other sites, analyzed old … Continue reading “The Insect Apocalypse is Here”

Clear-Cutting Forests

An aerial view of clear-cutting in Shasta County. Photo Credit: Stop Clear Cutting California There is a clear-cut connection between healthy forests and that of water quantity, water quality, and climate that our society and wildlife depend.  This has been true even before the realization that Global Warming/Climate Change Impacts should have stopped this practice in its … Continue reading “Clear-Cutting Forests”

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land

November 6, 2018, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Erinn Richmond collects aquatic invertebrates to test for pharmaceuticals in Brushy Creek in Churnside Park, Victoria, Australia. Credit: Keralee Browne. Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. When these insects … Continue reading “Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land”

Forest Conservation Is Part of the Climate Conversation Too

By Jason Daley | Sep 25 2018 When it comes to discussions about climate change, things like clean energy, carbon credits, and even climate engineering get a lot of attention. But one important solution has gotten lost in the mix: conserving forests. That’s why the North Carolina–based Dogwood Alliance, a group that advocates for southern forests, just … Continue reading “Forest Conservation Is Part of the Climate Conversation Too”

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”

Wine Woes and Water Stress: How Non-Essential Industries Cope with a Changing Climate

Michael Larrick  ·  September 21, 2018 Image: A concrete lined irrigation ditch runs between grape vines in South Africa’s Western Cape. Flickr user Jason Jones, Creative Commons. In discussions about water shortage, the topic of the human right to water seems to be a key topic of debate. Different countries approach the question of whether individuals should … Continue reading “Wine Woes and Water Stress: How Non-Essential Industries Cope with a Changing Climate”

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)”

Last Wild Coho Salmon Creek in Russian River Watershed

Felta Creek Threatened By Aggressive Logging Plan [Note: A court hearing on this logging case will be heard Friday, August 17th at 3 pm in Rm 18, Empire Collge Annex, 3035 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA.  The public is invited to view the Hearing but seating is limited.] As wild Coho salmon have disappeared in … Continue reading “Last Wild Coho Salmon Creek in Russian River Watershed”