Water Agency will present river estuary plan May 31

Sonoma West – The Sonoma County Water Agency will host a meeting in Jenner next week to update the public on Russian River estuary management efforts to maintain a closed estuary during the summer months. “Communities along the lower river have long been interested in the estuary management project,” said Fifth District Sonoma County Supervisor and Water Agency Director Lynda Hopkins Read More…

Remote sensing observation to help sustainable development along…

Xinhua Net – China will coordinate with countries from Asia and Oceania to conduct satellite remote sensing observation along the Mekong River, according to the website of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The first international conference of the Asia-Oceania Global Earth Observation System of Systems (AOGEOSS) Initiative concluded on May 18 in Deqing in east China's Zhejiang Province. Read More…

New study highlights opportunity to restore abundance to Hawaiian…

University of Hawai'i News– Unsustainable fishing has depleted coastal fisheries worldwide, threatening food security and cultural identity for many coastal and island communities, including in Hawaiʻi. A recently published study, led by researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, identified areas in the Hawaiian Islands that would provide the greatest increase in coastal fishery Read More…

Japan to create environmental DNA database for better use of marine…

LMT Online – The Fisheries Agency plans to create a database for marine resources based on the environmental DNA of fish, which is genetic material that is left in seawater, according to sources. The agency intends to collect seawater samples in the sea around Japan as early as this summer, and start to gather and analyze the data of environmental DNA necessary to specify the species and Read More…

Five Things to Know About Water Bonds on Upcoming California Ballots

News Deeply – Californians this year will vote on not one but two water bond measures totaling $13 billion. Given that the state still hasn’t spent all of the $7.5billion from the Proposition 1 water bond passed in 2014, it raises a crucial question: Does California really need another $13 billion in water bonds? As of December 2017, the state had allocated only about $1 billion from Read More…

Researchers use mobile app to study local red snapper

KRISTV – After years of contentiously short fishing seasons, the 82-day federal Red Snapper season is set to open for private recreational anglers on Friday, June 1. Researchers at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are asking anglers to use those extra fishing days to contribute vital data about their catch through the Read More…

California Legislature Moves Toward More Efficient Water Use

NRDC – California is one step closer to a more resilient and secure water future for our communities, environment, and economy thanks to the passage of two bills in Sacramento this week. The pair of bills, SB 606 by Senator Hertzberg and AB 1668 by Assembly Member Friedman, build on lessons learned during California’s recent drought, which identified significant gaps in water use data Read More…

Scientists find widespread ocean anoxia as cause for past mass…

Phys.Org – For decades, scientists have conducted research centered around the five major mass extinctions that have shaped the world we live in. The extinctions date back more than 450 million years with the Late Ordovician Mass Extinction to the deadliest extinction, the Late Permian extinction 250 million years ago that wiped out over 90 percent of species. Over the years, Read More…

Feds call for drought contingency plans be put into effect

California Water News Daily – Record-low snowpack levels in the Colorado River Basin means Lake Powell runoff will amount to just 42 percent of the historical average this year, experts say. With the drought and its related low runoff condition going back 18 years, federal officials say the current period is one of the worst drought cycles in more than 1,200 years. While many have already Read More…

Innovative Water Storage Projects Aid Wildlife, Salmon and Fishing…

News Deeply – As a result of California’s highly variable climate, the practice of storing water predates statehood. And for more than a century, storage projects in California have generated heated controversy. A century ago, John Muir led a famous and unsuccessful effort to stop the damming of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley. Since then, the story of water storage in California has Read More…