Conservation and wildlife advocates throw support behind CA flood…

Market WatchJuly 2, 2012California conservation and wildlife organizations announced today that the Central Valley Flood Protection Board has adopted the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. The plan establishes a framework for flood management throughout the Central Valley for the coming century. It focuses on improving flood protection for urban areas and prioritizes expansion of flood Read More…

Delta waterways cleanup costly, time-consuming for agencies

The Sacramento BeeBy Brad Branan July 1, 2012A slough next to the Sacramento River contains an illegal dumping site. It's largely invisible to the naked eye.Two abandoned cranes and a half-submerged boat hint at the waste in an area traveled by dozens of boats docked at a nearby marina. Under the water, as shown on a radar screen, at least five other boats are sunk in a stretch running less than Read More…

WWF to finance sustainable fisheries

Fish News EUJuly 2, 2012Twenty years after a moratorium was imposed on the cod fishery off Newfoundland’s coast, WWF has introduced an innovative model designed to help finance the recovery and future sustainability of fisheries.The organisation recently published a document detailing the establishment of a Financial Institution for the Recovery of Marine Ecosystems (FIRME) as a full-scale Read More…

W. Wash. tribes say tribal fishing rights at risk

CBS NewsJuly 2, 2012More than 150 years ago, American Indian tribes in western Washington ceded much of the state to the federal government in return for guarantees of salmon and other fishing rights.Now, those tribes say their treaty rights with the U.S. are at risk because the region is losing habitat that salmon need to survive. They say their treaty rights won't mean much if there's no salmon Read More…

Video of harming green sturgeon may cause changes

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Tom StienstraJuly 1, 2012Videos on YouTube that show a group of outlaw fishermen harming a protected green sturgeon they caught will probably lead to a $7.50 fishing fee and a new set of regulations.The videos show a group, night fishing from a boat, land a large protected green sturgeon, use a snare that can harm it, then mishandle the fish on the boat, keep it out Read More…

Research details impacts of low-elevation irrigation diversion dams…

The Columbia Basin BulletinJune 29, 2012Increased flows, lower temperatures and “outright removal of barriers” like irrigation diversion dams would dramatically increase the passage and, thereby, the survival of Pacific lamprey in the Umatilla River, according to a paper published in June in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. The article – “Low-Elevation Dams are Read More…

New Central Valley flood protection plan backs trees on levees

The Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserJune 30, 2012A new flood protection plan approved Friday for California's Central Valley takes a firm stand against a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers policy that could require trees and shrubs to be stripped from levees in the region.The new Central Valley Flood Protection Plan calls for improvements over several decades that are estimated to cost $17 billion. It Read More…

Record June rainfall forces big spill releases at Libby Dam

The Columbia Basin BulletinJune 29, 2012The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ramped up flows from Libby Dam even higher to prevent Lake Koocanusa from reaching full pool, but the higher flows continue to cause flooding at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The dam has been releasing water at powerhouse capacity of 25,000 cubic per second, but flows from its spillway and sluice gates were increased from Read More…

Central Valley flood protection plan approved

The Sacramento BeeBy Matt WeiserJune 29, 2012A new flood protection plan approved Friday for California's Central Valley takes a firm stand against rules by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that could require all trees and shrubs to be stripped from levees in the region.The new Central Valley Flood Protection Plan will guide regional flood-safety improvements for the forseeable future and must be Read More…

High bacteria levels in WA waters, not found in OR, ID

OPBJune 28, 2012Environmental regulators have detected high levels of fecal coliform in one of the Northwest’s most important areas for growing food.Fecal coliform can come from sources like sewer connections and livestock manure that washes into streams. The bacteria have become a yearly occurrence in 13 water bodies in central Washington’s Yakima Valley. In farmland, it’s made worse by Read More…