The Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Water Resources have prepared a joint Initial Study and Environmental Assessment for the Eastside Bypass Improvements Project. The proposed project, part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, has the primary purpose of facilitating fish migration and increasing Restoration Flow capacity in the Eastside Bypass by 2020.
Come Jan. 1, the cannabis farms peppering the Santa Cruz Mountains will enter new legal territory, but ecologists worry it may spell doom for the area’s mountain lions. Mountain lions have called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for millennia.
Mounds of mud were excavated Tuesday afternoon in Corte Madera to clear a channel for bay water to inundate land to return it to tidal marsh, ushering in flora and fauna. It is the final phase of an effort that took more than two decades.
Academics, advocates and activists met for a panel discussion at UC Irvine to hash out the pros and cons of a proposal to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach, with environmentalists once again warning it would damage marine environments and raise water bills.
After 14 years, the wait is nearly over for mountain biking and walking trails at the Glenwood Open Space Preserve. Last week, the City Council approved the long-term management plan, a document that required scrutiny by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Yesterday [Dec. 6], partners collaborating in efforts to enhance the habitat values of lands contributing to the Pacific Flyway in the Sacramento Valley gathered at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to recognize the work that had occurred during the past year. For the first time in several years, the Flyway was not suffering from conditions related to the most recent drought.
In central Montana, drones are dropping peanut butter pellets on prairie dog colonies. It’s part of an effort by biologists to save North America’s most endangered mammal — the black-footed ferret (or as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls it, the BFF).
California’s management of water for is not working for anyone. Environmental advocates argue that state and federal regulators have set water quality and flow standards that do not adequately protect fish and wildlife, and have not enforced these requirements when they are most needed. Farm and urban interests claim that these regulations have been ineffective and cause unnecessary economic harm.
In a blow to abalone hunters and a host of North Coast businesses that rely upon their patronage, the state Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to suspend the harvest of red abalone in 2018, shutting down the last viable abalone fishery in California for at least a year.
The Solano County Water Agency Board of Directors (SCWA) has approved a $1.2 million dollar contract with the University of California, Davis for the three-year Cache Slough Complex Water Quality, Productivity and Fisheries Study.
Crashing populations may shut down the recreational abalone season for 2018. California Department of Fish and Wildlife managers have recommended the shutdown, but the Fish and Game Commission will make the final decision Thursday at a meeting in San Diego that is open to public comment.
With the future of the country’s national marine sanctuaries unknown, Californians are loading up their quivers, tightening their bows and dusting off their shields. A review on the national marine sanctuaries requested by President Trump was submitted to the White House on Oct. 25, but it has not been made available to the public.
Was it politics or paperwork that led to the Trump administration’s decision last month to disband a public watchdog group tasked with overseeing a multi-million dollar, publicly-funded Trinity River restoration project last month?
The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation’s water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies. …
The breakthrough came in April when governor’s office staff was discussing the drought with tribal officials.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Erin Hauge:
While a proposal to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Sierra Nevada sounds thrilling, it may be too ambitious for at least three reasons: Human encroachment on habitat, climate change and the fact that these bears would be a non-contiguous population in a limited range.
Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the number of breeding ducks remaining in California this season is 23 percent below the long-term average. The decline speaks to the significant degradation of habitat in the Central Valley due to lack of precipitation.