‘Hidden’ water: where does it all go?

The New York TimesBy Kelly SlivkaMay 30, 2012Water, a plentiful banality to some Americans but a source of conflict for millions of others, is a more intriguing commodity than you may have thought. At least, that’s the conclusion one might draw from Surface Tension: The Future of Water, an exhibition that opened today in Manhattan as part of the 2012 World Science Festival.For many people, Read More…

Grazing snails rule the waves: marine study

PhysOrgBy Bob BealeMay 31, 2012The study published in the journal Ecology Letters is the largest of its kind ever undertaken into the ecological impacts of marine grazing animals: it was led by Associate Professor Alistair Poore, of the UNSW Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, who worked with an international team of 10 researchers.It found that, on average, marine herbivores remove almost Read More…

Regulations help fish, and fishermen, recover in the U.S.

Monga BayBy Jeremy HanceMay 30, 2012Marine fish populations in the U.S. are generally recovering, according to a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Last year six fish populations reached healthy levels in the U.S., boosting the total number of fish populations that have recovered to 27 since 2000. The success is due to the implementation of science-based Read More…

Hoopa ask feds to speed Klamath dams removal plan

The San Francisco Chronicle May 31, 2012Frustrated that a deal to remove a string of hydroelectric dams from the Klamath River in Northern California has stalled, the Hoopa Tribe has petitioned federal authorities to restart the bureaucratic process in hopes it will get the dams out of the river more quickly.Tribal attorney Tom Schlosser said Tuesday the current agreement is hopelessly bogged Read More…

Conservation program has restored one fourth of CA wetlands

The Sacramento BeeMay. 31, 2012There is plenty of reason for California to celebrate National Wetlands Month now before May gives way to summer days. The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), a Farm Bill Conservation program, is marking its 20th anniversary and in those two decades the program in California has managed to protect and restore over 120,000 acres of historical wetlands that are home to Read More…

Water and California’s economy

California Water BlogBy Elena M. LopezMay 30, 2012 Today, PPIC released “Water and the California Economy,” a report that presents the consensus view of 15 experts* on the role of water in California’s economy, key areas of economic vulnerability, and the priorities that policymakers, business leaders, and water managers must address to ensure that the state’s water system does not Read More…

Keeping pike out of salmon country: pend oreille netting effort puts…

The Columbia Basin BulletinMay 4, 2012A full-fledged effort to knock back non-native northern pike populations in eastern Washington’s Box Canyon reservoir on the Pend Oreille River has proved a success so far. More than 4,552 fish have been removed this spring via a concentrated netting effort in sloughy, side-channel spawning areas that the predatory fish are known to haunt.  The idea is Read More…

New biological opinion by 2013?

Herald and NewsMay 3, 2012A new biological opinion that dictates how water is allocated for endangered fish in the Klamath Basin could be implemented before the next irrigation season, said one of the nation’s top water officials Thursday during a visit to Klamath Falls.Federal officials are looking to develop a single, coordinated biological opinion to replace two, often conflicting, opinions Read More…

Laos: no work on Xayaburi dam until green concerns solved

The NationBy Supalak GanjanakhundeeMay 4, 2012Laos said yesterday it would not make a final decision on construction of the Xayaburi dam in the main stream body of the Mekong River before approval by the international community and countries in the Lower Mekong basin over environment concerns.Work on the site by the Thai construction company Ch Karnchang was just preparation, mostly in the Read More…

Stream temperatures don’t parallel warming climate trend

Red OrbitMay 3, 2012A new analysis of streams in the western United States with long-term monitoring programs has found that despite a general increase in air temperatures over the past several decades, streams are not necessarily warming at the same rate.Several factors may influence the discrepancy, researchers say, including snowmelt, interaction with groundwater, flow and discharge rates, Read More…