Can Tho City sees high tides; floods upstream rise

Saigon News – This morning, August 14 the NCHMF issued weather information that the water level upstream in the Mekong River was rising. The water levels was expected to reach its peak of 3.7m at Tan Chau Station yesterday; in the Hau River at Chau Doc Station at 3.17m. The center forecast up to August 20, the water level will reach its peak of 3.85m at Tan Chau Station; in the Hau River Read More…

In a warming world, the fight for water can push nations apart—or…

Quartz – The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is one of the fastest-growing places in the United States. Already hot and arid, and growing hotter, the booming, heavily Latino region depends almost entirely on the shriveling Rio Grande for water. Considered one of the most endangered rivers in North America, the Rio Grande provides drinking and irrigation water to 6 million people and 2 million Read More…

Tuning into Klamath Basin suckers

USFWS News – Chris Derrickson tilts his head slightly, listening to the faint bird-like ‘chirping’ sound through his earphones while standing in a slowly moving boat. He concentrates on a digital scanner as the chirp grows stronger, closing in on his target. But rather than look to the sky for a bird, Derrickson leans over, peering into the murky waters of Upper Klamath Lake. His Read More…

Monterey peninsula closer to solving water crisis

KSBW – The Monterey Peninsula is closer than ever to solving its water supply problem thanks to a positive recommendation from the California Public Utilites Commission staff on a proposed desalination plant permit. Monterey has always been water poor, and in 2009, the California State Water Board ordered a cease and desist order on pumping from the Carmel River. California American Water Read More…

Conservation Easements Yield Broad Economic Benefits

Sheridan Media – New research from the Wyoming Open Spaces Initiative at the University of Wyoming shows that public investment in private lands conservation yields broad economic benefits for Wyoming communities. The report, “Wyoming Conservation Easements: Lands, Services, and Economic Benefits,” finds that the values derived from conservation easements on private lands flow across Read More…

Putting California on a Water Budget (Press Release)

JD Supra – From 2012 to 2016, California endured its worst drought on record, drier than any four-year period in the last 450 years. [1] In response, on May 31, 2018, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown enacted two bills aimed at establishing long-term water use efficiency standards to better stretch limited water supplies for California’s cities and farms. [2] Together, Read More…

Salmon decline reveals worrisome trend

Oregon Business – The sad story of an orca carrying her dead calf for 17 days off the Washington coast this month has garnered global attention to the plight of killer whales in the region. It has also highlighted the steep decline in the region’s salmon stocks, the resident orcas’ sole food source. Malnutrition is thought to have led to declining fertility and low survival rates in Read More…

California WaterFix start dates raise red flags

The Press – An application submitted by the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority (DCFA) seeking $1.6 billion in federal funding to support the California WaterFix project has raised some eyebrows.  The application indicates dates for the issuance of construction permits and the start of tunnel construction. “They emphatically state that they’re going to have the permit in their hand on Read More…

A Collaborative Approach to Mapping Marine Megafauna Movements

Journal of Animal Ecology – The understanding of the interplay of movement, behaviour and physiology that biologging offers has applied relevance for a range of fields, including evolutionary ecology, wildlife conservation and behavioural ecology. In recognition of this, the Journal of Animal Ecology has an upcoming Special Feature on Biologging  (submissions due 20th September). One Read More…

Robots with lasers could help explain ‘mysterious’ spotted sharks…

The Charlotte Observer – Sand tiger sharks swerve slowly, sinuously around a shipwreck among schools of hundreds of glittering silver fish, video gathered by a robot shows. They don’t appear fazed by a swimming robot pointing laser beams in their direction. Avery B. Paxton is the lead researcher on a project using marine robotics and lasers to study sand tigers — a species of shark Read More…