Welcome to California River Watch

I find some hope for the future of our planet in the emergence of millions of unconnected environmental and social movements. The leaderless Anarchy of this mass phenomenon and its macro scale means that its cells will not be centrally controlled or turned aside by profit motives. It seems to be a genuine grass roots response to the global threat which our planet faces. —Paul Hawken «


“Fix it in your constitution that no corporation, no body of men, no capital can get possession and right to your waters. Hold the waters in the hands of the people.”

John Wesley Powell 1890 North Dakota Constitutional Convention

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Palo Alto Duck Pond Sink

NASA Researchers Untangle Puzzling Patterns of Sinking and Rising Land To Monitor Underground Water Loss

By JET PROPULSION LABORATORY APRIL 9, 2022 Researchers have untangled puzzling patterns of sinking and rising land to pin down the underground locations where water is being pumped for irrigation. Scientists have produced a new method that holds the promise of improving groundwater management – critical to both life and agriculture in dry regions. The method sorts […]

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Waste Deep

Petaluma River Brims With 'Fecal Bacteria'

The river winding through downtown Petaluma might be the city’s single most defining feature. The city’s annual rivertown revival festival features views of the river and, farther south, recreationists use the water for entertainment and exercise every day.

Yet, since 1975, the state has designated the water a contaminated water body due to excessive levels of bacteria tied to fecal [...]

Scientists Believe Beavers Can Build Resilience In Northwest Waterways

They think returning beavers to our floodplains should be a part of our climate action plans. When beavers are allowed to do what beavers do, it’s good for us and the climate. That’s the conclusion of northwest researchers who are looking to improve water quality and curb our carbon output. Chris Jordan, biologist with NOAA’s northwest fisheries science center, co-authored a paper on how beavers should be a part of our climate action plan. He says [...]

Lawyer Steven Donziger

Steven Donziger Walks Free After 993 Days Of ‘Completely Unjust’ Detention

“He should have never been detained for even one day,” said an Amnesty International official, “as it has been clear the whole process against him has been in retaliation for his human rights work that exposed corporate wrongdoings.” Jake Johnson,April 25, 2022 Human rights lawyer Steven Donziger walked free Monday after 993 days of detention […]