Project aims to enhance Putah Creek spawning habitat

Davis Enterprise – The Solano County Water Agency is fostering a long-term, science-based, ecological perspective for restoring Putah Creek. The challenge is to make the most of the flows passing through lower Putah Creek by providing a more natural channel form to optimize ecological function. The agency’s Lower Putah Creek Floodplain Restoration Project, funded through California Read More…

Biologists Say Sea Lions are Eating Too Many Salmon

Spokane Public Radio – Biologists from Washington and Oregon today (Tuesday) gave a sobering assessment of the fate of salmon species that are being devoured in large numbers by California sea lions. The report came Tuesday at a meeting of the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Spokane. California sea lions are officially protected as a federal endangered species, but biologists Read More…

Recreational fishing leaders testify in U.S. Senate

Boating Industry – On Sept. 12, U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing entitled “Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: Oversight of Fisheries Management Successes and Challenges.” The subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses representing recreational, commercial and Read More…

Bluefin tuna return to North Sea waters after 50-year absence

FIS – Bluefin tuna have returned to the North Sea for the first time in 50 years, raising hopes that they will soon be seen again in Dutch waters. Scientists confirmed that the fish had been spotted off the coast of Scandinavia. The research team were given an exemption from a ban on fishing bluefin tuna so that they could fit satellite tracking devices to 40 specimens in order to keep Read More…

The Mystery of the Disappearing Eelgrass in Morro Bay

NOAA News – Eelgrass has mysteriously disappeared from the large tidal flats of Morro Bay, California, prompting a new research collaboration to investigate the reasons for the collapse, the potential adverse effects on local fish and wildlife, and how to bring the eelgrass back. Scientists hope what they learn will also help inform eelgrass recovery efforts up and down the West Read More…

Water reuse capacity to increase 37% over next ten years

AJOT – An increasing focus on resiliency and water supply risk is driving investment in water reuse, or reclaimed wastewater solutions. New capacity additions in the U.S. municipal water sector are forecasted to surpass US$21.5 billion from 2017 to 2027, according to a new report from Bluefield Research, U.S. Municipal Water Reuse: Opportunities, Outlook, & Competitive Landscape, Read More…

California’s Climate Future Suggests More Volatility and a Key Role…

Scripps – Two recently published studies investigating past and future precipitation in California demonstrate that the state is experiencing an increasingly volatile precipitation regime, as rain-heavy winter storms known as “atmospheric rivers” become increasingly intense, and dry periods between storms grow longer. This makes for more variability in water resources from year to year, Read More…

Scientists, sediment and mangroves in the Mekong Delta

Voxy – Changes in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta are highlighted in the latest issue of Oceanographywhich features research being done by University of Waikato scientists. Dr Julia Mullarney and Associate Professor Karin Bryan are part of an international team that has been researching the tropical delta that covers more than 40,000 square kilometres in southern Vietnam. They pair have been Read More…

The Future Shape of Mekong Cooperation

The Diplomat – The Mekong River Commission (MRC) is the regional, intergovernmental organization tasked with facilitating the sustainable development of shared water resources between the countries of the Lower Mekong Basin – Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Although the organization has been recognized as among the leading multilateral resource management bodies in the developing Read More…

US urged to encourage aquaculture

Fish Update – The US should be more encouraging of responsible aquaculture development, the American trade organisation Ocean Stewards said in a recommendation to the federal government. Responding to a request from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the National Ocean Service for public comments on streamlining regulatory processes, the Ocean Stewards proposed Read More…