Over the weekend, 147 acres along the Mad River just north of state Route 36 were scorched by the River Fire. It’s estimated to be fully contained by Tuesday as crews continue to put out hot spots in the area, according to Six Rivers National Forest spokesperson Bridget Litten.
Registration has opened for the South Yuba River Citizens League’s 2017 Salmon Tours. SYRCL’s River Science staff, trained naturalists, and river guides from Environmental Traveling Companions will take participants for a float trip down the lower Yuba to see spawning salmon on Oct. 28.
This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok tribe, which has lived along and fished the Klamath for centuries.
In Living Rivers Council v. State Water Resources Control Board (“Living Rivers Council”), a California court of appeal held that evidence of the low likelihood and severity of a potential indirect significant effect was permissible evidence to support a determination that a potential mitigation measure was infeasible under CEQA.
The San Diego River saw a huge increase of pollution from human feces last winter, according to documents obtained from regional water quality regulators. The flood of human waste came as storms drenched the region, washing pollution from the urban environment into watersheds and potentially flushing sewage from leaky pipes through groundwater into rivers and creeks.
Five years from now, Turlock residents will be paying twice as much for water if the City Council approves recommended increases. The city is considering the increases to pay for a system that would draw water from the Tuolumne River.
The Tahoe National Forest and the South Yuba River Citizens League are making plans to restore Van Norden Meadow, a collaborative project they hope will improve water quality along the South Yuba River.
Something monumental happened on August 25 in California water management that received almost no media attention: It became official policy to reconnect the state’s major rivers with their floodplains. The action by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, an obscure panel appointed by the governor, clears the way for the state to embrace projects that allow floods to recharge groundwater. … The timing coincides with two other major state programs.
On an early Monday morning, Lewis MacAdams plunged into work on a memoir recounting his years spent crusading to return the concrete-lined Los Angeles River to a more natural state. … MacAdams, a poet and founder of Friends of the Los Angeles River, looked up at historian Michael Block from his wheelchair and launched into an anecdote.
In the annals of wild fish tales, hydroelectric projects are always cast as villains. They create dams that block fish from reaching spawning grounds. The dams form reservoirs, warming the water to fish-killing temperatures.
A state official confirmed Friday that a potentially toxic form of blue-green algae is blooming in the San Joaquin River. It’s unknown whether this is the same algae greening up the waterfront area only a few miles away.
Desperate to save plummeting water reserves in Lake Mendocino, a Mendocino County water agency is lobbying the state to dramatically reduce the amount that must be released downstream into the Russian River for fish and people.
The panoply of eagles, ospreys, beavers, otters and other critters that paraded before our gaze over our nine hours (including 30 minutes for breaks) on the Sacramento River between Hamilton City and Butte City far exceeded our hopes.
After three weeks and about 400 miles, I finished my kayaking (and walking) journey down the “most endangered” river in America: California’s San Joaquin. This page collects the tweets from my adventure.
Three weeks and about 400 miles ago, I started a trip down the “most endangered” river in the United States, California’s San Joaquin. The underloved river is born in the Sierra Nevada and snakes across one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world, California’s Central Valley.