Electrofishing used to monitor Central Oregon fisheries

KTVZ News – Electrofishing is not your typical rod-and-reel type of fishing. It's a way for conservationists to study fish in waterways across Central Oregon. On Tuesday, Portland General Electric workers were on a stretch of the Ochoco Creek in Prineville, stunning fish with an electric current, so they could pull them out and count them. The electric current allows for the Read More…

Developing Tiered Environmental Flow Criteria Using a Functional…

Maven's Notebook – Establishing environmental flow targets to protect aquatic communities is a priority for numerous programs in California including in the Delta. In this first of three brown bag seminars focusing on flow targets and ecology, Dr. Yarnell discusses her recent work using a functional-flows approach to develop statewide environmental flow recommendations. The approach allows Read More…

Climate change ‘harming fish stocks’

Fish Update – Climate change is impacting on the global distribution of fish stocks, Iceland’s fisheries minister has told an international conference on the state of the world’s seas and oceans. Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir (pictured) was addressing  the Our Oceans summit in Malta where the guest speakers included Prince Charles. She said only  responsible, robust and Read More…

Rising Seas: What you need to know about the danger lapping at…

Cal Matters – As glaciers melt and oceans warm, experts say the Pacific waters surrounding California are now  rising 30 to 40 times faster than in the last century. The surge—driven by global climate change—will gobble up beachfront and overwhelm coastal cities. A recent U.S. Geological Survey report estimated that up to two-thirds of Southern California beaches could vanish within Read More…

Feds: Popular Species of New England Flounder Is Overfished

U.S. News & World Report – Federal ocean managers say a popular species of New England food fish is overfished, and conservation measures are needed to rebuild its population. The National Marine Fisheries Service says the Northwestern Atlantic witch flounder stock is overfished, and the status of whether overfishing is still occurring is unknown. Witch flounder are Read More…

Santa Clara Valley Water District rejects Jerry Brown’s twin Delta…

The Mercury News – In a landmark vote closely watched across California, Silicon Valley’s largest water agency on Tuesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. By a vote of 7-0, the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s board of directors chose instead to adopt a set of principles endorsing a significantly Read More…

Brown administration says it’s willing to consider one-tunnel…

Sacramento Bee – Silicon Valley’s water district Wednesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build twin tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta but said it would support a smaller, less expensive project. A top state official said the Brown administration is willing to consider such an approach. The Santa Clara Valley Water District’s board voted 7-0 to give the Delta Read More…

Still in Drought, California Town Seeks New Answers to Water Riddle

News Deeply – For the vast majority of California, the record-breaking, five-year drought is over, but some cities like Ojai in Ventura County are not so lucky. With its human-made reservoir, Lake Casitas, still at levels not seen in half a century, some locals have been asking, “Can the Ojai Valley run out of water?” In a presentation on Sept. 14, Ojai activist and engineer Angelo Read More…

Governor vetoes water rights bill

Turlock Journal – All seemed to be going well for Assemblyman Adam Gray’s water rights legislation, Assembly Bill 313, which in September received final approval on the last day of the legislative session – the next-to-last step toward becoming law – until Monday, when the bill was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown. Upon hearing that his bill had been vetoed, Gray expressed frustration Read More…

State’s Own Evidence Shows Tunnels Project Will Harm Fish

News Deeply – As a child growing up in East Bay, Jeff Miller loved seeing salmon in Lagunitas Creek when he visited Point Reyes. “I was inspired to restore migratory fish in the Bay Area,” he recalled. Miller ultimately chose Alameda Creek, which is the biggest local tributary to the San Francisco Bay and once had both salmon and steelhead trout. Collectively known as salmonids, Read More…