From hundreds of fish annually to nearly 9,000 per year, Butte Creek salmon are thriving, thanks to a project begun 20 years ago. That project was celebrated Thursday at Gorrill Ranch on the Midway. … Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior for the Clinton administration, helped bring the players to the negotiating table to get the Butte Creek Salmon Recovery Project, completed in the late 1990s.
Lawmakers concerned about curbing pollution and a warming planet gave a cool reception to President Donald Trump’s environmental chief on Thursday as he defended the administration’s proposal to sharply reduce the budget of his own agency.
The winter rains were good for Marin’s reservoirs, but not so great for water quality at county beaches, according to a new report. Bacterial pollution at Northern California beaches spiked dramatically in 2016, according to Heal the Bay’s 27th annual Beach Report Card, released Thursday.
The prototypes are set to be built on federal land near the Otay Mountain Wilderness to depict examples of a solid concrete border wall, as well as other designs, reaching at least 30 feet tall and dropping at least 6 feet below ground. … The lawsuit argues the Otay Mountain area includes vernal pools and is habitat to several listed threatened and endangered species…
Searing, possibly record-breaking temperatures are expected to lay siege to Bakersfield next week in the summer’s first heat wave, with temperatures topping 100 degrees Saturday and soaring to 110 on Monday.
A heat wave made its opening salvo Thursday in Southern California, and things are only going to get hotter. By Tuesday — the first day of summer and the day when the heat wave is expected to peak — highs could surpass 120 degrees in the Coachella Valley, 110 degrees in the Inland Empire and 100 in the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys.
Air quality officials warned Thursday of “very unhealthy” smog levels in the coming days as a heat wave envelops Southern California and primes the region for a bout of unusually high and widespread pollution.
One of the latest additions to Tahoe’s trail portfolio just got a big boost. The Tahoe Fund recently announced it received a $130,000 grant which will go toward improvements on the Incline Flume Trail.
Dams are supposed to collect water from rivers and redistribute it to alleviate water shortages, right? Not so fast. … Almost a quarter of the global population experiences significant decreases in water availability through human interventions on rivers, says Ted Veldkamp at Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
When marine biologist Craig Downs first visited the turquoise-blue waters of Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John in 2005, he arrived on a crucial mission: Find out why the health of the park’s coral reefs was declining.
As Western states grapple with the best way to allocate dwindling water resources to meet multiple needs, water markets have emerged as one tool. But the idea is not without critics, such as Gary Wockner, who wrote a recent op-ed for Water Deeply about his skepticism that water markets will protect Western rivers. … I [University of Colorado law professor Mark Squillace] see things differently.
Today [June 15], partners in a two decade-old effort to benefit spring-run Chinook salmon gathered on the banks of Butte Creek to celebrate the program’s enduring success. Headlining the event this morning was Bruce Babbitt, who was Department of Interior Secretary in the late 1990s and participated in a similar ceremony twenty years ago to initiate the program with the removal of the McPherrin diversion dam.