Las Vegas pushes to become first to ban ornamental grass

Independent — A desert city built on a reputation for excess and indulgence wants to become a model for restraint and conservation with a first-in-the-nation policy banning grass that nobody walks on. Las Vegas-area water officials have spent two decades trying to get people to replace thirsty greenery with desert plants, and now they're asking the Nevada Legislature to outlaw roughly Read More…

Western U.S. may be entering its most severe drought in modern history

CBS News — Extreme drought across the Western U.S. has become as reliable as a summer afternoon thunderstorm in Florida. And news headlines about drought in the West can seem a bit like a broken record, with some scientists saying the region is on the precipice of permanent drought. That's because in 2000, the Western U.S. entered the beginning of what scientists call a megadrought — Read More…

Anglers Offered a Bounty for Catching Brown Trout on the Colorado…

Outdoor Life — It’s not every day that anglers are paid to catch brown trout, but that’s what’s happening now in Arizona on the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and the Paria River. The bounty program is called the “Brown Trout Bonanza” and runs Apr. 1-May 2. The Purpose of the “Bonanza” is to encourage anglers (via cash rewards) to reduce brown trout numbers in this Read More…

Salmon Restoration Effort Gets Go Ahead

Oakdale Leader — Oakdale City Council members unanimously approved moving forward with Phase II of the Stanislaus River Salmonid Habitat Restoration Project at Monday night’s council meeting, April 5, which will put an additional $361,400 of grant funding into play for the extensive project. According to city documents, in 2018-2019, the City of Oakdale was awarded a grant through the Read More…

Refuge Notebook: Update on non-native species in refuge

Peninsula Clarion — While some planned projects at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge were put on hold in summer 2020 due the pandemic, we in the refuge’s biology staff prioritized management of non-native species above other field work. Since 2005, when our biology staff at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge began conducting non-native species surveys, this kind of work has become an Read More…

SF Baykeeper sues Biden administration to list local longfin smelt as…

San Francisco Chronicle — A tiny silver fish few people in the Bay Area have heard of could be a new symbol of the state’s continuing battle over water resources. San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Biden administration on Thursday to list the local population of longfin smelt as an endangered species. The environmental group’s legal action comes nine years after the federal government first Read More…

Salmon-Challis Forest Service acquires land along Panther Creek

Post Register — The Forest Service recently announced the acquisition of about a mile of property along Panther Creek, a tributary of the Salmon River, with the intent of further protecting and rehabilitating the stream and surrounding riparian habitat. The Forest Service is spending $650,000 on the project to protect and restore the stream, its migrating salmon and steelhead, and Read More…

As halibut decline, Alaska Native fishers square off against…

National Geographic — Each year in mid-June, Father John, dressed in long black robes, heads to the small boat harbor on St. Paul, a tiny island of 500 souls in the middle of the Bering Sea. It’s the start of the fishing season, and the Blessing of the Fleet is a community affair, an opportunity to give best wishes to the fishermen heading out into the unforgiving northern waters in search Read More…

Steep decline in giant sea turtles seen off US West Coast

Star Tribune — Scientists were documenting stranded sea turtles on California's beaches nearly 40 years ago when they noticed that leatherbacks — massive sea turtles that date to the time of the dinosaurs — were among those washing up on shore. It was strange because the nearest known population of the giants was several thousand miles away in the waters of Central and South Read More…

Monterey urges state to allow relief from Carmel River pumping order

Monterey Herald — Elected officials in Monterey approved a letter Tuesday in support of a petition that the state provide relief from a specific portion of a cease-and-desist order governing the amount of water that can be pumped out of the Carmel River basin. If granted, the relief would allow for hundreds of new housing units to be built in the city and along the Monterey Peninsula. The Read More…