Columbia River shad count lowest in 33 years

The Seattle Times – 285 bank rods kept 22 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 2 adult spring Chinook and 5 cutthroats.  94 boat rods kept 28 adult spring Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 5 cutthroats. Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 315 spring Chinook adults, 34 spring Chinook jacks, 43 winter-run steelhead adults and 18 summer-run steelhead Read More…

Water Quality & Allocation: State Water Board Overview & the Delta…

Maven's Notebook – Panel discussion touches on State Water Board’s authorities and the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan he State Water Resources Control Board was formed in 1967 in order to integrate water quality and allocation in California. Structured as a merger between the previously-existing State Water Rights Board and the State Water Quality Control Board, the new Board was Read More…

Scientists urge postponing Pak Beng hydropower project

Viet Nam Net Bridge – Laos is set to move forward to build Pak Beng hydropower dam on Mekong mainstream, but technical reports about the project still do not provide adequate information. Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment and Chair of the Vietnam Mekong River Commission, Tran Hong Ha, on May 12 chaired a workshop on the building of the Lao Pak Beng hydropower Read More…

California’s ‘iconic’ native fish facing extinction, with…

The Press Democrat – On a tree-shaded bend in Dutch Bill Creek at Monte Rio, three technicians from the Sonoma County Water Agency huddled on a gravel bar to examine the day’s catch, all in the name of science and a sustained campaign to restore one of California’s most endangered fish. Retrieving 163 coho salmon smolts, or young fish, from a wooden fish trap set in knee-deep, clear Read More…

Grunion Fish-tival: San Pedro Party

NBC Los Angeles – Every party ever thrown has likely reflected a specific theme, or honoree, or time of day in terms of the activities, how the guests dress, and the other touches that make up the anatomy of a bash. With that in mind, if a grunion were to host an evening soiree, what would go into the affair? Lots of salt water? And sand? Would the moon need to be at a certain phase, and Read More…

Scientists say the pace of sea level rise has nearly tripled since…

Washington Post – A new scientific analysis finds that the Earth’s oceans are rising nearly three times as rapidly as they were throughout most of the 20th century, one of the strongest indications yet that a much feared trend of not just sea level rise, but its acceleration, is now underway. “We have a much stronger acceleration in sea level rise than formerly thought,” Read More…

Melting Snowpack Poses Dangers in the Sierra Nevada This Week

Weather – Snowpack melt will accelerate this week in the Sierra Nevada due to very warm temperatures. High flows and flooding on rivers and streams is a danger to campers in the Sierra region. Cold water temperatures could cause hypothermia in a short amount of time. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is melting quickly this week as very warm temperatures grip the region, raising the Read More…

Helicopter used to forecast saltwater intrusion in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz Sentinel – Emerging from the heavy fog with a staccato roar, a low-flying helicopter lowered a nearly 3,700-square-foot fiberglass frame onto Seascape Park Monday morning. Nearby resident Veronica Joyce-Gallart, out for a walk at the time, was surprised. “I wasn’t sure what it was from a distance,” Joyce-Gallart said. “My first thought was, what on earth is that? I Read More…

Climate Change Taking Toll on Clarity of Lake Tahoe Water

U.S. News & World Report – Climate change is causing Lake Tahoe to warm sooner in the spring than it has historically, disrupting the normal mixing of shallow and deep water and undercutting gains made in reversing the loss of clarity of the cobalt mountain lake, scientists say. "Climate change is impacting not only Lake Tahoe's water quality, but also the health of its Read More…

Sand mining kills rivers in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Viet Nam Net Bridge – A report of the Steering Committee for Climate Change Response, Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue of Dong Thap Province showed that since early 2017, there have been 13 landslides in the province, sweeping away a total area of 5,924 square meters. In An Giang, severe landslides have occurred in many parts of the province this year. Notably, the sinking of a Read More…