Short spring chinook season likely in lower Columbia

The ColumbianBy Allen ThomasJanuary 23, 2013There’s not likely to be much spring chinook salmon fishing in the lower Columbia River in April no matter how Washington and Oregon structure the season. Figure on being done downstream of Bonneville Dam by about April 5, maybe April 8.The bi-state Columbia River Recreational Fishery Advisor Group got a look at the spring chinook options on Read More…

New international education effort promotes sustainable approach to…

PR NewswireJanuary 23, 2013Today the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna launched an international effort to promote a more sustainable approach to tuna fishing and truth-in-labeling. By educating consumers about the true nature of current tuna fishing and labeling practices, the Campaign for Eco-Safe Tuna seeks to ensure that not only dolphins, but sharks, marine turtles, seabirds, juvenile tuna and Read More…

Modesto, Turlock water users could be in for rate increase

The Modesto BeeBy Garth StapleyJanuary 22, 2013A state push to help Tuolumne River fish means bad news for farmers and Modesto water customers, irrigation leaders heard in a somber update Tuesday.Water and power rates eventually would rise for customers of the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts because the agencies would get less water, an attorney told the MID board. The proposal also Read More…

Plan to dredge sand on Mekong

Radio Free AsiaJanuary 22, 2013Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered government planners Tuesday to draw up a master plan to dredge sand from the Mekong River, saying it was aimed at restoring shallow areas along the waterway.Sand that is dredged from Cambodia's portion of the river can also be exported to draw more revenue for the country, he said at an inauguration ceremony for a U.S. $28 Read More…

US seeks infrastructure deals in Cambodia

Cambodia DailyBy Simon LewisJanuary 20, 2013Looking to compete with Chi­nese influence in the region, the U.S. government is making plans to help American companies win large-scale infrastructure projects in Cambodia, U.S. officials said on Thursday in Phnom Penh.The plans, which come as part of a strategic and economic em-bracing of Asia by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, Read More…

Food is a struggle for Southeast Asians

San Francisco ChronicleBy Joel BrinkleyJanuary 20, 2013Travel through Southeast Asia, and wherever you go you'll find statues of Buddha - meditating, cogitating, calling for peace or for rain. The poses are varied, and each has its own meaning.But only one pose shows the Buddha actually grinning. That's the Buddha who is fat, sitting in a chair, his belly so big it looks as if he'd be unable to Read More…

Westland’s $1 billion claim against U.S. rejected

The Fresno BeeBy Michael DoyleJanuary 22, 2013A federal court has quietly dismissed a $1 billion claim by the Westlands Water District, leaving unresolved the long-standing problem of coping with irrigation drainage in the San Joaquin Valley.Wading carefully into one of the West’s muddiest controversies, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge rejected arguments by Westlands, the nation’s Read More…

Salmon restoration projects receive promise of funding

Capital Public RadioBy  Bob MoffittJanuary 22, 2013More than two dozen fish and waterfowl projects in the California Central Valley will receive funding this year as mitigation for the effects of the Central Valley Water Project. Cesar Blanco is the implementation chief for the Central Valley Project Improvement Act.  He says many of the projects are geared toward improving salmon habitats, " Read More…

Cumulative effects of logging linked to coho decline

Yuba NetBy Rob DiPernaJanuary 21, 2013Throughout the north and central California coast, Coho salmon are teetering on the brink of oblivion. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, 85-90 percent of remaining Coho population in the Central California Coast ESU occurs in watersheds with privately managed forestlands. The 2011 Central California Coast Coho Recovery Plan identifies timber Read More…

Study links coho salmon deaths to stormwater runoff from Washington…

The OregonianJanuary 22, 2013Stormwater runoff from highways appears to contain one or more unidentified compounds shown to be highly toxic to coho salmon and perhaps other salmon as well.The problem has been studied only a few years. Now, experiments at Grover's Creek Hatchery in North Kitsap have confirmed that polluted stormwater has the ability to kill adult coho before they can spawn.Read Read More…