Toxic heavy metals make their way into Willamette River

OPB NewsBy Bonnie StewartJuly 20, 2012An environmental watchdog group has warned Vigor Industrial that it will sue if the Portland shipyard doesn’t curb its stormwater discharges of zinc and copper. Mark Riskedahl directs the Northwest Environmental Defense Center. “The toxic heavy metals that are coming off the site in substantial quantities are really bad news for the Willamette River and Read More…

California releases Water Project Report

Western Farm PressJuly 19, 2012The Department of Water Resources has released the 2011 State Water Project (SWP) Delivery Reliability Report.The 2011 report is the latest in a series of reports on the delivery reliability of California’s State Water Project, the largest state-built and operated water and power system in the United States. “California faces a future of increased population Read More…

Goodbye La Niña — are you ready for El Niño?

Summit County Citizens VoiceBy Bob BerwynJuly 19, 2012 A classic El Niño may be developing across the eastern Pacific, with warmer-than-average water temperatures starting to spread westward from the coast of South America, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.For the month of June, the pattern of sea surface temperatures overall remained in a neutral phase, but with growing positive Read More…

Green groups hail proposal to scrap bottom trawling

FISBy Natalia RealJuly 23, 2012The European Commission (EC) proposed phasing out bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting among deep sea fishing fleets in the Northeast Atlantic over the next two years to help protect one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. The Pew Environment Group praised EC Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki for the daring proposal. "We Read More…

European Commission proposes sustainability measures for make…

New EuropeBy Caitlin SreffenJuly 19, 2012The European Commission has proposed new measures to regulate fishing for deep-sea species in the Northeast Atlantic.According to the commission, deep-sea ecosystems are more vulnerable to human activity. The environment is fragile and hard to recover once damaged. Deep-sea fish stocks, which are highly vulnerable to fishing, collapse quickly and recover Read More…

Discovery of deadly salmon virus in freshwater fish puts pressure on…

Canada NewsBy Larry PynnJuly 19, 2012A virus linked to the death of farmed salmon has, for the first time, been found in B.C. freshwater fish — cutthroat trout in Cultus Lake — a research team reported Thursday.Researchers say the finding should spur the B.C. government, which is responsible for management of freshwater fish, to launch a thorough study to determine how widespread piscine Read More…

Calif., federal officials to reveal water plans

The San Francisco ChronicleBy Gosia WozniackaJuly 21, 2012California Gov. Jerry Brown is set to reignite the state's water wars when he makes the long-awaited announcement next week about plans to build a massive twin tunnel system to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farmland and cities.Already the $23.7 billion proposal is facing heavy criticism. Opponents say the Read More…

British tourists reel in four-metre white sturgeon on B.C. river

The Canadian PressBy Vivian LukJuly 20, 2012Three years ago, British couple Michael and Margaret Snell travelled to the Vancouver area for a fishing trip and thought they hit the jackpot, reeling in a sturgeon that was 1.5 metres long.But that trophy pales in comparison to the massive fish the retired couple caught in the Fraser River during a return trip this week, hauling a white sturgeon out Read More…

The deal with the Delta

KQED NewsBy Matthew GreenJuly 20, 2012About two-thirds of Californians drink, bathe, brush their teeth, and flush their toilets with water that comes from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. That’s roughly 25 million people who get at least some portion of their hydration from one big triangular watering hole.But ask most folks what the Delta is, and you’re guaranteed to get a lot of blank Read More…

Cormorants consume 20 million salmonids, terns take 4.8 million

The Columbia Basin BulletinJuly 20, 2012The Caspian tern colony on the lower Columbia River estuary’s East Sand Island, the largest of its kind in the world, was smaller in 2011 than the previous year and was beset by a variety of disturbances, but the birds present still managed to eat a sizeable number of juvenile salmon and steelhead headed for the Pacific Ocean. And while the terns’ bite Read More…