Study: Sediment, Tidal Marshes Are Key To Protecting Bay Area From…

KPIX — Scientists warn that sea level rise is a problem that cannot be ignored. But a new study says the secret to protecting the Bay Area may rest with something that is currently being thrown away. San Francisco will spend billions of dollars over the next 30 years to build up a few miles of seawall along the Embarcadero to protect it from rising seas. But the rest of the Bay Area has Read More…

Klamath Tribes file suite against the Bureau of Reclamation over…

Klamath Falls News — The Klamath Tribes today filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation in federal district court in Medford, Oregon, over Reclamation’s ongoing violations of the Endangered Species Act in its operation of the Klamath Project. C’waam (Lost River sucker) and Koptu (shortnose sucker), two critically endangered fish of vital spiritual and cultural importance to the Read More…

California’s McCloud River Named One of America’s Most Endangered…

YubaNet — American Rivers today named Northern California’s McCloud River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2021 because of a Trump-era proposal to raise Shasta Dam. This proposal poses a grave threat to the river’s health and to the culture, religion and identity of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe. American Rivers and its partners are calling on the Biden administration to Read More…

Harvesters to NOAA: Ecosystem-based solutions are needed

Cordova Times — Federal officials looking for recommendations on how to achieve climate-resilient fisheries are being advised, by a group representing thousands of commercial fishermen, that such decisions should be locally defined and drafted to support local livelihoods. The recommendations to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came from collaborators led by the Salmon Read More…

New snowpack totals suggest the 20-year Western drought will persist,…

Arizona Central — Lack of monsoon rainfall last summer and spotty snowfall this winter combined to worsen the Western drought dramatically in the past year, and spring snowmelt won’t bring much relief. Critical April 1 measurements of snow accumulations from mountain ranges across the region show that most streams and rivers will once again flow well below average levels this year, Read More…

Tensions Rise in Water Battle Along Oregon-California Line

US News — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical to local tribes. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees water allocations in the federally owned Klamath Project, is expected to announce Read More…

Southern California water giant wants Sacramento Valley water — and…

The Sacramento Bee — With California in the throes of a second year of drought conditions, the mega-water agency of Southern California served notice Tuesday that it’s prepared to spend up to $44 million to buy water from Northern California to shore up its supplies. The board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves 19 million urban residents, authorized Read More…

Research Shows Predators May Be Large Factor In Decreased King Salmon…

KYUK — Peter Westley and Andrew Seitz are fisheries scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who helped publish new research on king salmon in February. To answer why these salmon are getting smaller, researchers attached tags to the fish that can record the depth and temperature of the water around them. Seitz said that many of the tags on the salmon were recording temperatures Read More…

Mekong Delta in crisis due to exploitation of sand and waterbanks

AsiaNews.it — The ongoing sand extraction on the canals of the Mekong Delta is causing serious loss of a lot of agricultural land. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Mekong Delta loses about 300 hectares of land every year due to the erosion of the river banks and the coast. Thus, in ten years the Mekong Delta has lost 3,000 hectares of land. The Read More…

Japan Will Release Radioactive Fukushima Water Into The Ocean, And…

Forbes — And that’s exactly what they should do. The Japanese government has decided to release treated radioactive water that has been accumulating at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. This despite opposition from fishermen and consumers in neighboring countries such as China and South Korea. The government will hold a meeting of related ministers as early as this week Read More…