B.C. boaters help rescue entangled humpback near Ucluelet

North Delta Reporter — The West Coast is cheering its local boating community that teamed up to help rescue a beloved mother humpback whale known regionally as ‘Pinky’ last week. The popular humpback recently found snarled by fishing gear in Barkley Soundhas been freed of her entanglement and is now ready to head to her Hawaiian breeding grounds alongside her calf. “Once I heard Read More…

UC Davis to Lead Groundwater and Irrigated Agriculture Sustainability…

UC Davis — Researchers from the University of California, Davis, have been awarded a $10 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to find ways to sustain irrigated agriculture while improving groundwater quantity and quality in the Southwest under a changing climate. Isaya Kisekka, associate professor of agrohydrology and Read More…

Satellites reveal the secrets of water-guzzling farms in California

NPR — In a new push to stop further depletion of California's shrinking aquifers, state regulators are turning to technology once used to count Soviet missile silos during the Cold War: satellites. Historically, California's farmers could pump as much as they wanted from their wells. But as a consequence of that unrestricted use, the underground water table has sunk by hundreds of feet in Read More…

California, Northwest Drought Relief Ahead from Pacific Atmospheric…

Weather Channel — A parade of Pacific storm systems will bring soaking rain and some mountain snow to drought-stricken California and the West Coast, but could also trigger dangerous debris flows over recent areas burned by wildfires. Last weekend, a weak Pacific frontal system ended a record-long dry streak in Sacramento, and shut down Interstate 80 for a time due to snow and Read More…

Why is the Napa River so dry, panel asks?

Napa Valley Register — Napa River is bone-dry in stretches and some have voiced the controversial claim that groundwater pumping amid a deep, two-year drought is partly to blame. That’s the backdrop against which Napa County is crafting a state-required Napa Valley groundwater plan. Twenty-five people from the wine industry, environmental community and other sectors are on an Read More…

Researchers say they’ve found evidence that salmon scarcity isn’t…

Anchorage Daily News — Researchers made a surprising discovery while tracking chinook salmon in both the foraging areas of endangered southern resident orcas and the growing, healthy population of the northern resident orcas in B.C. In a study published last week in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, the researchers stated they expected to find the robust population of Read More…

Panel urges protection of Mekong fish stocks

UCA News — The Mekong River Commission (MRC) today released two reports recommending the protection of fish stocks to ensure food supplies for millions of people in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Around 65 million people rely on the Mekong for their chief source of protein and live hand to mouth, but climate change, drought, dam construction in Laos and China and illegal fishing have Read More…

Has the time for a Lake Powell ‘drought pool’ already come and…

The Colorado Springs Gazette — The 96-degree heat has barely broken early on a September evening near Fruita. As the sun prepares to set, the ailing Colorado River moves thick and quiet next to Interstate 70, crawling across the Utah state line as it prepares to deliver billions of gallons of water to Lake Powell, 320 miles south. During this past summer the river has again been badly Read More…

This odd Colorado River fish faces an uncertain future

National Geographic — The Colorado River has been called the American West’s hardest-working river. Lately, it’s been earning overtime.  The river supplies water to some of the country’s largest cities, including Los Angeles and Las Vegas, as well as its most fertile swath of farmland, California’s Imperial Valley. Forty million people in seven states rely on the Colorado every Read More…

Streamflows in southern half of upper Colorado River basin declining…

Post Independent — New climate data that shows a north/south split in streamflow declines in the Colorado River basin could have implications for water managers as they navigate how to address water shortages. This month, Brad Udall, senior water and climate research scientist at Colorado State University, presented data that shows when comparing records from the past 20 years to those from Read More…