DPIIC discusses the future of habitat restoration in the Delta

The Delta Confluence – The Delta Plan Interagency Implementation Committee (DPIIC) discussed several relevant topics relating to the Delta and the Delta Stewardship Council's (DSC) Delta Plan earlier this week. Habitat restoration was a focal point of the agenda. Campbell Ingram, Executive Officer for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy (Conservancy), informed the DPIIC of recent Read More…

Record of Decision for the long-term plan to protect adult salmon in…

Maven's Notebook – The Bureau of Reclamation signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Long-Term Plan to Protect Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River fulfilling its commitment to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District to provide a long-term approach to avoiding a fish die-off in the lower Klamath River. With this decision, Reclamation is providing greater certainty for all stakeholders Read More…

Volunteers Work to Revitalize Los Angeles River

Voice of America – The Los Angeles River spans 80 kilometers through Los Angeles and its suburbs, and for much of its route it’s encased in concrete. Like many urban waterways, the river is being restored to its natural state, and volunteers are helping for three weekends in April in an annual cleanup. The sprucing up coincides with Earth Day, April 22. Much of the river was lined with Read More…

Fewer sharks equals fatter fish, research shows

UPI – As shark populations decline, fish face less pressure from the top of the food chain. As a result, new research shows, fish are getting fatter. Researchers from the University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science studied fish behavior in Rowley Shoals and Scott Reefs. The former, a marine preserve, hosts healthy shark populations. The latter, an Read More…

Scientists: Cod population in New England drops 80 percent

Sea Coast Online – This headline was shocking when it appeared in the Herald on April 3. Eighty percent in 10 years in spite of widespread efforts to recover codfish all that time. What is going on? As it happened, I had the good fortune to run across a couple of recent studies of the Gulf of Maine that gave me some insight. Yes, overfishing has been an issue, but there is more. The biggest Read More…

Sea Lions In California Are Dying From A Toxic Algae That Ravages…

Huffington Post – Algae so toxic that it’s causing fatal brain damage in California sea lions is the latest problem plaguing ocean animal rescue operations along the Pacific coast. Domoic acid poisoning is emerging as a key threat this year to the animals that ingest the toxin while eating fish and other sea creatures that feed on algae, rescue organizations in southern Read More…

Bizarre bivalve: first living giant shipworm discovered in Philippines

The Guardian – About three feet long and glistening black with a pink, fleshy appendage, it looks like the entrails of an alien from a bad horror film. In fact, it is a giant shipworm. Discovered in the mud of a shallow lagoon in the Philippines, a living creature of the species has never been described before – even though its existence has been known for more than 200 years thanks to Read More…

The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces…

Washington Post – Drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world’s oceans are flowing into the pristine waters of the Arctic as a result of a powerful system of currents that deposits waste in the icy seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia. In 2013, as part of a seven-month circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean, scientists aboard the research vessel Tara Read More…

Wet Year Spurs Proponents of New California Reservoir

News Deeply – As one of the wettest California winters in memory nears its end, the state’s major reservoirs are all essentially full or well above their historical average levels. It’s good news for everyone and everything that depends on water, especially after several years of reduced allocations for farmers and huge losses for salmon, which were frequently unable to spawn Read More…

Lake Tahoe filled to the brim

Sierra Sun – Lake Tahoe is full. As of April 17, the lake's surface elevation was 6,227.64 feet — almost 5 feet above its natural rim. U.S. Water Master Chad Blanchard said his office has been spilling water from Lake Tahoe since Feb. 22 in an effort to prevent the lake's level from rising too high. It's the first time since 2006 that excess water has been spilled from the lake. "We're Read More…