Some water districts would like to keep negotiating with state officials over river flows. But lawsuits replaced settlements as the most likely path forward, the day after a crucial vote in Sacramento approving the “water grab.”
California agriculture interests will find the farm bill Congress passed this week largely means more of the same. … The farm bill helps agricultural producers — whose business interests can often run contrary to environmental well-being — protect the environment, providing money so they don’t have to pay more out of pocket in order to be environmentally conscious.
The Trump administration signaled its support Wednesday for Rep. Jared Huffman’s controversial bill to extend the leases of several historic Point Reyes National Seashore ranches. Huffman, D-San Rafael, said with the end of the congressional session looming, the Senate’s intent may be to adopt an end-of-year public lands legislative package in which his bill could be included.
A state board on Wednesday approved a contentious proposal to boost water flows through a Central California river, a move that would increase habitat for salmon but deliver less water to farmers and cities such as San Francisco. The plan under consideration by the Water Resources Control Board would alter management of the Lower San Joaquin River and three tributaries to address what environmental groups say is a crisis in the delta that empties into San Francisco Bay.
It may be the holiday season at the mall, but it’s spawning season on the American River. The fish ladder at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery opened in early November, and salmon will continue to climb it until mid-December.
UC Davis veterinarians recently performed a rare surgery on a snow leopard cub named Coconut at the Sacramento Zoo, attracting observers who watched live through glass windows and an online audience who played a video of the surgery more than 8,000 times. The successful procedure draws attention to a partnership between UC Davis and the zoo that contributes to preservation efforts around the world.
California fish and game commissioners are poised to decide Wednesday on a proposal that would extend the closure on recreational abalone fishing another two years to give the ailing species more time to recover from a near-total collapse on the North Coast. The vote would extend until April 2021 an existing closure approved a year ago in the wake of a sharp, multi-year decline in the popular fishery, with no signs of a rebound, a key state official said Tuesday.
An exotic “tsunami fish” has been hanging out near the Monterey breakwater wall off San Carlos Beach, for the past month. Since Oct. 15, Nicholas Ta,27, and Dennis Marshall Lewis, 23, divemasters of Bamboo Reef Dive Center, have spotted a non-native, lonely barred knifejaw several times while diving in the area.
The Trump administration is poised to roll back Clean Water Act protections on millions of acres of waterways and wetlands, including up to two-thirds of California’s inland streams, following through on a promise to agriculture interests and real estate developers to rewrite an Obama-era rule limiting pollution.
In a magic moment Friday, Thea Cowsky poured a 5-gallon bucket filled with water and four big rainbow trout into a submerged pen. “My high school kids are going to be thrilled about this,” she said. Cowsky is the manager of a Mount Shasta-area high school Interact Club, a Rotary-sponsored youth group.
Over the next week and a half, the federal government will make its quarterly offering of public lands for sale to oil and gas developers. Absent from the auction block: more than 1 million acres that the Bureau of Land Management pulled from its December sales after a federal judge temporarily blocked the agency from streamlining the leasing process in sage grouse areas (Greenwire, Oct. 24).
Interested in birdwatching, but not sure where to start? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has you covered with naturalist-led free tours that travel around the Marysville area to the best spots for seeing several bird species.
After more than a three-week delay, commercial crab fishermen will begin dropping their nets this Saturday in coastal waters from Bodega Head north to the Sonoma-Mendocino county line. The region was slated to open Nov. 15 but was postponed due to unsafe levels of toxic domoic acid found in crabs. Points south of the Sonoma County coastline opened on schedule last month.
A sweeping conservation bill introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris would expand the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include popular hiking trails north of Pasadena and create a federally designated recreation area along the San Gabriel River, including the western portion of the Puente-Chino Hills.
The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird species. Land management documents released by the U.S. Interior Department show the administration intends to open more public lands to leasing and allow waivers for drilling to encroach into the habitat of greater sage grouse.
A trio of tiny salamanders could stand in the way of a massive $1.4 billion project to raise the height of Shasta Dam. An environmental organization has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, asking a judge to force the federal agency to make a determination on whether three salamander species living around Lake Shasta should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) applauds Lundberg Family Farms as the recent recipient of the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award as described below. The award is a valued testament to Lundberg Family Farms and many other leaders in the Sacramento Valley who live and embody the spirit of Aldo Leopold with their land ethic and numerous efforts for conservation, including the improvement of fish and wildlife. Bryce Lundberg is the Chairman of the NCWA Board of Directors. He joins several other NCWA Board members who have previously received the award, including Montna Farms and Mary and Jim Richert.
In trying to make sense of the 1.3 million species that humans have identified, scientists have a long tradition of bestowing new discoveries with a scientific name. Think Tyrannosaurus rex or Felis silvestris catus. The privilege of naming a new species typically lies with the person who discovered it.
Fish and other aquatic life did not suffer severe or long-lasting damage from a mine waste spill three years ago that polluted rivers in three states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. An EPA report released last week analyzed the 2015 spill at the inactive Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado, which an EPA-led contractor inadvertently triggered.