Department of Water Resources conducts helicopter survey of Paso…

KCBX — If you live in Paso Robles or Atascadero, you may have seen a strange sight this weekend: a helicopter with a large hoop on it, flying 200 feet above the ground. The Department of Water Resources held something called an airborne electromagnetic survey of that area to collect data on the groundwater basin there. During one of these surveys, the helicopter tows electronic Read More…

New Law Allows Enhanced Penalties For Water Theft

ACWA — Gov. Newsom recently signed a bill into law that gives California water agencies the authority to adopt enhanced penalties for water theft, giving them a stronger deterrent to help protect the public’s valuable resource. The bill, SB 427, was authored by Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman D-Stockton) and sponsored by Elk Grove Water District. ACWA staff advocated in support of the Read More…

Bellingham has wanted to restore this salmon habitat for a decade.…

The Bellingham Herald — The water in the inlet is calm, but underneath its surface thrives a diverse collection of Pacific Northwest wildlife. A great blue heron perches by tall grasses, whose tips swing softly in the ocean breeze. In the waters below, steelhead trout and juvenile Chinook salmon weave among the plants. A pedestrian bridge arches over a narrow portion of the body of water, Read More…

Fishing vessels illegally target marine mammals in South American…

Buenos Aires Times — Last year, a video of a Chinese fishing vessel, the Lu Qing Yuan Yu 206, went viral in Argentina and Uruguay. It shows footage of crew members onboard the ship in the Port of Montevideo, trying to lift something up from below-deck, into the open-air. After a few seconds, a huge lifeless mammal comes into frame, with a harness gripped tightly around its neck. As the Read More…

EPA and Army Announce Next Steps for Crafting Enduring Definition of…

EPA — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army announced plans for upcoming community engagements to inform their efforts to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) to better ensure clean and safe water for all. EPA and Army are committed to developing a reasonable, effective, and durable definition of WOTUS that Read More…

Dams and Dredging Mean Bad News for Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

The Maritime Executive — The release of recent research from the Netherlands adds an additional insight into what is happening in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, the country’s all-important food producing region that contributes some fifty per cent to its agricultural GDP. In a stark conclusion the research cites 2050 as the Tipping Point when the delta will no longer be able to cope with salt Read More…

Don Young has a new hypothesis on salmon declines

E & E News — While the decline of wild Pacific salmon — including the massive “king salmon” — can be attributed, at least in part, to warming waters, Alaska Rep. Don Young (R) has another theory: nuclear submarines. The dean of the House acknowledged today that his idea might garner some snickers, but he argued it should at least be considered as federal scientists investigate Read More…

Commercial Fishing Could Receive Subsidies for Losses Due to Offshore…

NBC — Nine states along the East Coast that are frontrunners for American offshore wind farms over the next decade are in talks with the federal government about ways to mitigate revenue losses for commercial fishing once the farms are built out. Commercial fishing industries in the Mid-Atlantic have long been opposed to offshore wind farms, which coastal states and the Biden administration Read More…

Reclamation launches website with real-time information, interactive…

Bureau of Reclamation — The Bureau of Reclamation launched a new web portal today that provides real-time drought-related information and details of drought actions taken in collaboration with stakeholders and partners. The science-based web portal is designed to increase public and media understanding of drought conditions and the all-of-government efforts to mitigate these conditions by Read More…

Buffer zones, better regulation needed to prevent agricultural…

Oregon State University — Greater buffer zones around bodies of water and more consistent enforcement of water protection regulations are needed to reduce agriculture-based pollution in the Western U.S., a recent review from Oregon State University found. Prior research has shown that agricultural pollution, both from croplands and rangelands, is the cause of 48% of water-quality Read More…