Farm pollution draws scrutiny as industrial dumping declines

OPBAugust 16, 2012Eight times in seven years, a state inspector asked Joe Lemire to keep his cattle off the banks of Pataha Creek. Why? Because they drop cow pies in the water. Cows trample pollution-filtering streamside plants. Cows mash the banks down so dirt gets into the stream, which had been targeted for cleanup by the government since the early 1990s. The state even offered to pay for Read More…

Spongeplant added to California’s water weed treatment list

Contra Costa TimesBy Paul BurgarinoAugust 16, 2012Funding will soon be on their way to help curb a rapidly growing water weed that threatens to clog water delivery pumps and canals, plug local marinas and alter water quality in the Delta.Legislation to help control the South American spongeplant is now on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. The bill, approved by the state Assembly last week, adds the plant Read More…

Work restarted on troubled Laos dam

Australia Network NewsAugust 16, 2012The Thai developer of a controversial northern Laos dam says work has resumed on the project, contradicting Laotian assurances it had been suspended following protests over its environmental impact.Laos agreed in December to suspend the $US3.5 billion Xayaburi dam project and said on July 13 work had stopped after neighbours Cambodia and Vietnam repeatedly Read More…

Viet Nam concern over Mekong dams

Viet Nam NewsAugust, 16 2012Vietnamese experts have reiterated their call for a moratorium on dam building on the Mekong River, saying the lives of as many as 60 million people would be adversely impacted by those dams.They said the loss of biodiversity and other ecological impacts would affect agriculture, aquaculture and other means of livelihoods in six countries, including Viet Nam. In Viet Read More…

Oceans score 60 out of 100 in health index

FIS By Natalia RealAugust 17, 2012A team of international scientists gave the health of the world's oceans a score of 60 out of 100. To calculate the overall score, the team evaluated ecological, social, economic and political conditions for every coastal nation in the world.The team, including fisheries researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC), carried out the first global Read More…

Cod comeback seen off Newfoundland

CBC NewsAugust 16, 2012Northern cod appear to be in better shape than any time since Ottawa imposed a moratorium on the Newfoundland and Labrador fishery two decades ago, a leading fisheries scientist says.But George Rose, a former federal fisheries scientist who has studied cod stocks for decades, says the improvement is not nearly strong enough or well documented to warrant an increase in cod Read More…

Calif. Department of Fish and Game getting new name?

KCRA NewsAugust 16, 2012What's in a name? That's the question facing lawmakers as some look at changing the name of the California Department of Fish and Game.Others question why the idea is even being considered during tight fiscal times. The bill to change the department's name to Cal-Wild is now making its way through the Legislature.It already passed the Assembly, but on the Senate side, Read More…

Delta levees tested by earthquake simulation

KCRA NewsAugust 15, 2012Researchers are shaking soil in the Delta to better understand earthquake risk in the areaA group of researchers from University of California, Los Angeles, set up a shaking machine on Sherman Island, a remote part of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. “We are studying the Peat Soil because it is very soft and different from what engineers are used to. There is a lot of Read More…

Oregon starts planning for Columbia gillnet shift

The ColumbianBy Allen ThomasAugust 15, 2012Oregon fish and wildlife director Roy Elicker says he’ll meet within seven to 10 days with his Washington counterpart to discuss moving gillnetters off the lower Columbia River main stem.The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission met Tuesday for its initial discussion about Gov. John Kitzhaber’s directive last week to shift the gillnetters to Read More…

Stickleback fish show initiative, personality and leadership

Planet Earth OnlineBy Jasmin Fox-SkellyAugust 14, 2012These personality traits include qualities such as leadership and initiative, as well as the tendency to follow others. The results reveal a rather sophisticated social awareness in fish that was only previously hinted at.Fish spend a lot of time in groups in order to decrease the risk of predation, but remaining part of a cohesive group is Read More…