Climate change will threaten fish by drying out Southwest US streams,…

PhysOrg – Fish species native to a major Arizona watershed may lose access to important segments of their habitat by 2050 as surface water flow is reduced by the effects of climate warming, new research suggests. Most of these fish species, found in the Verde River Basin, are already threatened or endangered. Their survival relies on easy access to various resources throughout the river Read More…

California’s Drought Pushes Tiny Fish Toward Extinction

KPBS – Rebecca Quinones with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences walks through thick brush in the Red Hills Mountain range of Tuolumne County. “I’m here at the shores of Horton Creek, and I’m using a dip net to collect some of the roach that we’re seeing,” Quinones says. Roach, as in the Red Hills Roach. It’s a small minnow-like fish that lives in a unique and Read More…

Endangered Nevada fish makes comeback

Las Vegas Review Journal – Happy dace are here again in springs and streams 60 miles north of Las Vegas, where new evidence suggest the endangered fish is on its way to recovery. A population survey earlier this month counted 2,248 Moapa dace in the headwaters of the Muddy River, up 521 from a year ago and almost double the population from August 2012. “It sounds like a broken Read More…

Deal on protecting salmon from pesticides filed

The Sacramento Bee – The final agreement has been filed in a decade-long battle to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set buffer zones to keep some harmful agricultural pesticides out of salmon streams in Oregon, California and Washington. The agreement filed Wednesday in federal court in Seattle calls for the EPA to set pesticide-free areas that will stand until it imposes Read More…

A creek in common

Chico News and Review – The Butte Environmental Council and local eco-consulting firm FISHBIO have found common ground—or, perhaps more accurately, common water. That is to say, both organizations are dedicated to protecting the Big Chico Creek ecosystem, though their approaches differ. BEC’s is one of advocacy and community engagement, touting the importance of water conservation Read More…

Flash flood kills broodstock chinook salmon

Idaho Statesman – Fisheries managers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are assessing damage to summer chinook stocks after severe rainstorms flooded the South Fork of the Salmon River fish trap and killed hundreds of adult salmon needed for broodstock. The storms developed rapidly over the nearby mountains Aug. 6 and sent a torrent downstream, choking the stream with sediment Read More…

PG&E to release dam water for steelhead in upper Eel River

Times-Standard – At the request of state and federal agencies, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will release about 2,000 acre-feet of water from Lake Pillsbury in Lake County to create stable habitat for endangered steelhead in the upper Eel River, according to a National Marine Fisheries Service press release. The decision was made in response to the ongoing drought conditions in Read More…

Restoring nature at Oregon icon

Portland Tribune – Willamette Falls is headed for a makeover, aiding endangered fish in the Willamette River. The $30 million Riverwalk project led by Metro, designed to spur redevelopment of the abandoned Blue Heron Paper Co. mill in Oregon City, would include major habitat restoration near the iconic waterfall. The site marked the beginning of industrial life in the Pacific Read More…

Native Ecosystems Blitzed by Drought

Scientific American – Peter Moyle has seen a lot in five decades of roaming California’s streams and rivers and gathering data on the fish that live in them. But last month he saw something new: tributaries of the Navarro River, which rises in vineyards before snaking through a redwood forest to the Pacific, had dried up completely. “They looked in July like they normally look in Read More…

Water bond headed to voters

The Sacramento Bee – California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state’s water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot. An extraordinary drought that has strained California’s water supply spurred a concerted push for a new water bond. Read More…