Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Species From Trump Administration’s Rollback of Clean Water Protections

by Waterkeeper Alliance Feb 14 2018 Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to consider harm to endangered species when adopting a rule that delays the effective date for the 2015 Clean Water Rule. That rule redefined which waterways … Continue reading “Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Species From Trump Administration’s Rollback of Clean Water Protections”

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.”

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”

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”

Why California’s Nitrate Problem Will Take Decades to Fix

The state has a long-term plan to clean up nitrate-contaminated groundwater, but farmers say more research is still needed and environmental groups think the proposal isn’t strong enough. Written by Erica Gies Published on Aug. 31, 2017 When folks talk about “black gold” in California’s Central Valley, it’s usually a reference to oil – unless you’re in the … Continue reading “Why California’s Nitrate Problem Will Take Decades to Fix”

Like Swimming Through a Pharmacy

Researchers found a wide array of contaminants in Puget Sound fish  By Pippa Wysong March 30, 2016 The fish in Washington State’s Puget Sound are on drugs. In juvenile chinook salmon and staghorn sculpin, researchers recently found traces of more than 40 different contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and industrial chemicals. The presence of … Continue reading “Like Swimming Through a Pharmacy”

Partnering With Beavers: 10-Year Study Shows How Beaver Dams In Arid Streams Moderate Water Temps

Posted on Friday, June 02, 2017 (PST) A 10-year study of the influence of beaver dams – some artificially added to the stream during the study – on stream water temperature found that the dams increase surface water storage and encourage cool groundwater flow. The results are a cooler stream at a time when typically … Continue reading “Partnering With Beavers: 10-Year Study Shows How Beaver Dams In Arid Streams Moderate Water Temps”

Fight for Felta

Residents battle proposed logging plan near Felta Creek By Tom Gogola A Humboldt County businessman appears poised to get the green light from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to log most of a forested 160-acre Healdsburg parcel crossed by Felta Creek. Felta Creek is a tributary of the Russian River and … Continue reading “Fight for Felta”