Restoration takes shape at The Nature Conservancy’s Willamette…

The Register Guard – For decades, gravel pits and protective man-made embankments have defined the landscape where the Middle and Coast forks of the Willamette River meet, just south of Eugene and Springfield. But river advocates are changing that, one big scoop of dirt at a time, mainly funded by regional electricity ratepayers and state tax­payers. The Nature Conservancy, a worldwide Read More…

Let the lawsuits begin: Delta tunnels get official state green light

The Sacramento Bee – Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration gave the official go-ahead Friday for his controversial plan to bore two huge tunnels beneath the heart of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The state Department of Water Resources said it had finalized the lengthy environmental review of the $17.1 billion Delta tunnels project, officially known as California WaterFix. In what’s known Read More…

An Unconventional New Captain for California’s Water Agency

News Deeply – California Gov. Jerry Brown last week appointed Grant Davis as director of the state’s Department of Water Resources. Davis, 54, general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency, brings an unusual resume to the job. With a degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, he had never worked for a water utility until joining the Sonoma County Read More…

Bend dam rated high hazard

Bend Bulletin – A 105-year-old dam in Bend is on a list of 17 Oregon dams rated as a “high” hazard if they were to collapse, with no emergency plan for how to handle a catastrophic failure. A pending state law would force local officials to plan for the worst. The North Canal Diversion Dam, built in 1912, is regarded as a key engineering achievement in the history of Central Oregon, Read More…

Baby salmon with ‘old’ DNA more likely to survive epic migration

New Scientist – There’s something fishy going on. Juvenile Atlantic salmon with shorter telomeres – normally considered a sign of poor health – have a higher chance of surviving the epic migration from their home river to the sea and back again. Telomeres act as caps on the ends of chromosomes, preserving the DNA after cells divide. But the telomeres shorten with each division and Read More…

Seminar seeks solutions to climate change in Mekong Delta

Vietnam Plus – A seminar on building plans in response to drought, saline intrusion and flooding which are consequences of climate change in the Mekong Delta region was held in Can Tho city on July 21. Director of the Department of Crops Production Nguyen Hong Son said the agency aims to build a crop structure map for the whole region. However, it cannot cover small areas in the region Read More…

Northeast braces for floods

Bangkok Post – Rivers in several northeastern provinces face the risk of overflowing as water levels have risen by up to a metre a day, flooding plantations and raising the spectre of communicable diseases spreading, officials said on Friday. Somchai Vitdumrong, the governor of Nakhon Phanom province, has ordered residents living along the Mekong River to brace for possible flooding as Read More…

Strong financial support to boost offshore aquaculture

FIS – The Corporation for the Development of Production (CORFO) will co-finance up to 60 per cent of the cost of the project selected under its "Offshore Aquaculture Technological Consortium" program, with a maximum subsidy amount of CLP 6,000 million (USD 9 million). The launch of the call for such a program will be held next Monday in Punta Arenas. The Agenda for Productivity, Read More…

Examples of Managed Flow Regimes – Possible Models for the Delta?

Maven's Notebook – Dr. Clifford Dahm began by noting that his presentation will present possible models for the Delta, drawing on some of the work he’s done over the last 15 years relating to the issue of flows and setting flow criteria in systems that have a high degree of human impact and human management. Dr. Dahm gave five short vignettes to spotlight the work being done to set flow Read More…

Clean Water Plan for Long-Suffering San Joaquin Valley Towns Derailed

News Deeply – Fresh Sierra mountain snowmelt would make a better drink of water for rural Tulare County folk who currently rely on wells tainted by fertilizers, leaky septic systems and decades-old pesticide residues. Nobody argues with that here in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The problem is obtaining even a tiny fraction of the average 1.7 million acre-feet of Kings River Read More…