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”

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”

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)”

More Protection for Rivers Sought-Senate Bill 2975

To All, The Senate passed AB 2975 by Assembly member Laura Friedman. This bill provides a mechanism for the state to include river segments in its wild and scenic river system, should the Trump administration remove them from the federal system. If you can nudge the Governor so sign this, please do it. Thanks to … Continue reading “More Protection for Rivers Sought-Senate Bill 2975”

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”

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.”

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”