Though not as dramatic as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this year’s cadre of Pathways interns were treated to a fun-filled day-long educational trek along the lower Colorado River, south of Hoover Dam. The tour provided the young professionals an up-close look at the work-related tasks and types of positions Reclamation maintains within its employment ranks.
On our Headwaters Tour, Sept. 13 and 14, guests will hear from leading forest managers and entomologists on the extent of this epidemic, how it is altering our forests and impacting upper watersheds, and what can be done to mitigate the damages. … This tour begins and ends in Rancho Cordova, 15 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento and will overnight in Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe.
When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water. Tests revealed why the pup turned up its nose—the presence of polyvinyl chloride, the polymer in PVC pipes that degrade over time. But further analysis found something else that had gone undetected by the dog, the teachers and students of the San Diego Cooperative Charter School, and the school district: elevated levels of lead.
The local Nestlé employees received training from the Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Foundation to come up with interactive activities to help teach the 125 children from the local Boys & Girls Club about various topics.
With the world’s top volcanologists heading to Portland, Ore., on Aug. 14 for the first international volcanology assembly held in the U.S. since 1989, the many famous, prominent and dangerous volcanoes of the West Coast will be the subject of field trips and much discussion.
More than a million children call the San Francisco Bay Area home, regularly criss-crossing the bridges and freeways that connect the region. But only around 5 percent of them have ever actually been out on the bay itself. The nonprofit Call of the Sea is looking to change that.
What is groundwater? Where does it occur in California? What is an aquifer? What is overdraft? … Those questions are illustrated on the Foundation’s beautiful California Groundwater Map poster, which was updated and re-designed earlier this year. Accompanying the map is the easy-to-understand 28-page Layperson’s Guide to Groundwater. … Both products retail for $15 each, but are now available in a bundle during August for $20, plus tax and shipping.
The U.S. Forest Service estimates with aerial surveys that more than 100 million trees have died in California this decade, 62 million dying in 2016 alone. … On our Headwaters Tour, Sept. 13 and 14, guests will hear from leading forest managers and entomologists on the extent of this epidemic, how it is altering our forests and impacting upper watersheds, and what can be done to mitigate the damages.
Student teams controlling underwater robots from the United States, Canada and Russia were the winners Saturday in a global competition at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States.
“For Joshua and about 30 other kids who participated in a trout hatchery program with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the fish release was a reward of sorts for performing well in department’s 29th annual Nature Bowl last month.”
“As Helene Dillard wraps up the first four months as dean of UC Davis’ College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, she must realize how rare an opportunity she has as head of the top agriculture school. With climate change reshaping the world, ag sciences haven’t been at the apex of the public’s interest since the Dust Bowl era.”
From EPA Connect: The Official Blog of EPA’s Leadership, in a post by Bob Perciasepe:
“The EnviroAtlas combines hundreds of separate data layers developed through a collaboration between EPA researchers and their partners from around the country, including the U.S Geological Survey, the U.S. Forest Service, states, and a number of non-profit organizations and universities.”
“The Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, which opens May 10, is designed to be a haven for tourists and a center for education programs promoting the protection of the region’s flora and fauna.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Amir Alexander:
“Only a few thousand specialists in the world are qualified to offer deeply informed opinions about climate change, but this has not prevented millions of us from taking a stand on both sides of the issue.”
From the Red Bluff Daily News, in a commentary by Sen. Jim Nielsen:
“There are some programs our tax dollars support that infer/bestow a variety of broad-based economic and social benefits to the state that make them worthy of preservation. The Agricultural Education Incentive (AEIG) Program is a prime example.”