Dam removal results in record spring-run chinook on Battle Creek

The Record SearchlightBy Damon ArthurAugust 22, 2012Fisheries officials said they have not seen any effect on salmon in Battle Creek spawning downstream of the Ponderosa Fire.A record number of spring-run Chinook Salmon swam up Battle Creek this year and one of the largest runs of fall-run salmon in many years is making its way up the Sacramento River toward the creek now. So far, fisheries Read More…

FEMA to assess threat to delta fish

San Francisco ChronicleBy Nate SeltenrichAugust 22, 2012Add the federal government's flood insurance program to environmentalists' list of villains when it comes to safeguarding threatened fish populations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.The Federal Emergency Management Agency's flood insurance program encourages development in the floodplain, eliminating valuable habitat and affecting Read More…

Protected sea lions gorge on threatened salmon

NatureBy Jessica MarshallAugust 22, 2012What do you do when a charismatic marine mammal is wreaking havoc by gorging on a threatened species that humans also find delicious? That’s the awkward problem faced by wildlife managers along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon states, where sea lions have been congregating for the past decade to feast on salmon waiting to climb the fish ladders Read More…

Hydropower vital to Northwest – and so are salmon

The OlympianAugust 22, 2012The Pacific Northwest is well-known for its dams that provide carbon-neutral hydropower. Now we are also becoming famous for taking them down, undertaking a series of dam demolition projects that rank as the largest in United States history.The removal of three dams represents a positive step toward restoration of access to spawning grounds for some of the Northwest’s Read More…

Reclamation blasted for not enough water in San Joaquin River

Central Valley Business TimesAugust 21, 2012The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation failed to meet crucial spring water flow objectives on the San Joaquin River near Vernalis, according to a complaint made public Tuesday by the San Joaquin Tributaries Authority.The Authority includes the Modesto Irrigation District, Turlock Irrigation District, Oakdale Irrigation District, Merced Irrigation District, the Read More…

Chinook salmon return to undammed Elwha River

Peninsula Daily NewsAugust 21, 2012Adult chinook salmon were observed on the Elwha River in Olympic National Park on Monday, park officials and biologists reported, less than five months after removal of one of the two dams.These are the first observed Elwha River salmon to naturally migrate upstream into the park, according to a statement released by the park. When the Elwha Dam became Read More…

Draft TMDL plan focuses on protecting waters, not just restoring…

Bloomberg BNABy Amena H. SaiyidAugust 21, 2012State agencies may be able to assess and develop plans to protect healthy waters alongside those to restore impaired ones as part of a yearlong effort by the Environmental Protection Agency and state water agencies to reform the process for writing total maximum daily load plans.A TMDL plan calculates the maximum level of pollutants that each point Read More…

California river project promises security for water resources

Western Farm PressAugust 20, 2012Researchers at UC Merced are taking an important step toward a statewide water-monitoring system by installing wireless sensors across the American River basin.The system, which is also being used in the Sierra Nevada, is designed to give continuous information about how much water is available to users, and could go live online at the beginning of 2013. “Our Read More…

UCI researcher urges better use of repurposed water

Daily PilotBy Lauren WilliamsAugust 17, 2012A recent article by a UC Irvine researcher argues that more of the water that normally runs off into storm drains should be repurposed and used to water plants and flush toilets.Lead author Stanley Grant said so-called graywater and wastewater from washing dishes or showering, and rainwater that normally runs into storm drains, can be used at times when Read More…

Wave glider robot: solar-powered surfing machine deployed to study…

Huffington PostBy Russell McLendonAugust 20, 2012The 25th annual Shark Week may be wrapping up, but things are just getting started for a robot in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Recently deployed by researchers at Stanford University, the unmanned Wave Glider robot will spend its career heeding the famous advice of "30 Rock's" Tracy Jordan: "Live every week like it's Shark Week."The self-propelled, Read More…