Excess chinook there for the taking

Columbia Basin BulletinJune 1, 2012 Fisheries officials on Tuesday again downgraded their estimate of the number of adult upriver spring chinook salmon that are expected to return to the mouth of the Columbia, dropping the projection from 216,500 to 209,400 fish. In preseason estimate, federal, state and tribal experts had predicted that the 2012 return would total as many as 314,200 upriver Read More…

California Peripheral canal coming soon

San Francisco ChronicleJune 3, 2012 While the future of a proposed high-speed railroad to move people in California remains in doubt, a proposed giant canal to move water from Northern California to the south appears almost assured - with a little help from Washington. Now the questions are: How big? And whose hand is on the spigot? The project - 30 years in the making, including six years of Read More…

SF sale, treatment plant issues run like current through Modesto area

Modesto BeeJune 2, 2012 Water goes everywhere. It leaks, it gushes, it overflows. And these days it's seeping into and roaring through the community discussion on several levels. Today we provide updates and some thoughts on three water-related subjects: 1. The proposed sale of Modesto Irrigation District Water to San Francisco: The MID is waiting for a revised draft contract from San Read More…

Delta diversion gates near Walnut Grove stuck in open position

Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserJune 1, 2012 Water diversion gates in the Delta near Walnut Grove became stuck open Tuesday, posing a potential threat to juvenile salmon. The Delta cross channel gates, operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, divert Sacramento River water into the interior of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, then to pumps near Tracy. The gates are normally closed on weekdays Read More…

Study shows consumers need more guidance about fish consumption…

EurekAlertJune 1, 2012 In a first-of-its kind summary of fish consumption choices, a team of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital has determined that consumers are not getting all the information they need to make informed decisions about fish consumption. Their research is published in the June 1 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. The researchers, led by Susan Korrick, MD Read More…

B.C. salmon farmers on ‘high alert’ for lethal virus

CBC NewsJune 2, 2012 B.C. salmon farmers say most of their operations have been untouched by a lethal fish virus, but the industry is "not out of the woods yet." Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus, a highly contagious disease, first showed up more than two weeks ago in routine testing at a farm near Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, owned by Mainstream Canada. The Dixon Bay Read More…

The Problem of Overfishing

National Center for Policy AnalysisJune 1, 2012 While environmentalists have clamored to take on a number of issues in recent years, the substantial issues involved in overfishing have remained relatively quiet. Overfishing is international in scope, has been ongoing since the end of the Second World War, and is generally caused by bad government policy. And it poses real problems for the Read More…

CK affirms commitment to Xayaburi

Bangkok PostJune 2, 2012 The SET-listed Ch Karnchang Plc (CK), one of the country's largest contractors, remains committed to the Xayaburi hydroelectric dam in Laos despite the project having been officially halted."The Lao government will ultimately make the final decision on whether the project will go ahead, but we want to wait for all stakeholders in the Greater Mekong Subregion to agree with Read More…

Fishermen versus sea lions

The Epoch TimesBy Paul DarinMay 31, 2012A fierce battle rages on the Columbia River between the local fishermen and the native sea lion population. In a classic man-versus-nature story, both sides are competing for the Columbia River salmon, which they both need to survive.On one side, there are the local fishermen, who mostly come from local Native American tribes. Standing behind them are Read More…

‘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…