The Salton Sea, California’s largest inland body of water and an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, is struggling ecologically and shrinking as water is transferred from surrounding desert farms to San Diego County. On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 11-13, we will visit this fragile ecosystem that harbors 400 bird species and hear from several stakeholders working to address challenges facing the sea …
Columbus Tustin Middle School students spent the first part of their school year studying climate change. So they knew a bit about what they were saying when they hosted a climate change summit March 8 on campus.
California’s 2012-2016 drought revealed vulnerabilities for water users throughout the state, and the long-term record suggests more challenges may lie ahead. An April 19 workshop in San Pedro will highlight new information about drought durations in Southern California watersheds dating back centuries. Registration is now open for the Paleo Drought Workshop, Using the Past to Improve Drought Preparedness Now.
This year’s dry winter in Southern California is a reminder of the need for ongoing drought planning and preparedness. A workshop on April 19th in San Pedro is intended to help Southern California water agencies and others who want to gain information for improving drought preparedness and updating Urban Water Management Plans. The workshop is sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Water Education Foundation.
This March marks the 150th anniversary of John Muir’s travels to California and pioneering trip in Yosemite. The outdoorsman and author is considered by many to be a pioneer of the environmental movement in the Golden State.
For the first time, school districts statewide are being required to test their water supplies for lead under a new law that went into effect this year. It’s a huge endeavor that could mean further testing and expensive repairs if lead is discovered.
As belts continue to tighten around conservation efforts nationwide and talk of drilling along the California coast rumbles, local organizations are forging new platforms to advocate for wildlife and the environment. On March 24, Carmel will host a celebration of California Wildlife Day, an event geared toward preserving environmentalism in this generation and the next.
Join us for one of our highly praised water tours as we visit such iconic places as Hoover Dam and the Salton Sea, the Northern California headwaters near sparkling Lake Tahoe and deep into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. Each tour stop uncovers a wealth of knowledge about water issues and challenges, and plenty of questions for our expert speakers.
Less than 1 percent of recent drinking water samples at California’s public schools showed elevated lead levels. But thousands more campuses still need to be tested, state officials said last week. A new law, AB 746, took effect in January requiring those tests at public schools over the next 16 months.
On our three-day journey along the Colorado River, April 11-13, you will learn about one of the largest and most managed rivers in the nation and go deep inside Hoover Dam, one of the nation’s most iconic structures. The Bureau of Reclamation takes us on a special “hard-hat tour” of the dam. You’ll pass through elevators and doors that are closed to the public as managers give you an inside look at its operations.
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.”