California Rain Welcome, But Likely Too Little Too Late

Click graph to enlarge | © UC San-Diego Center-for Western Weather and Weather Extremes Much of California is expected to receive rain over coming days from a series of storms lined up over the Pacific. However, it is unlikely to make a significant contribution to the overall drought situation. California is dependent on the snowpack… Read more »

Proposed Rule Marks An Important Step For Clean Water

The Obama Administrations proposed rule will help clarify confusion around surrounding the types of waters that are protected under the Clean Water Act | © Jaroslav Kuba Today, the Obama Administration publicly released a proposed rule to address the uncertainty and confusion surrounding the types of waters that are protected under the Clean Water Act…. Read more »

House passes bill that will harm rivers nationwide

Washington – The House of Representatives voted today to approve a bill that could dry up countless stretches of rivers and harm river restoration efforts nationwide. HR 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act” passed 238-174. “This bill is terrible news for rivers nationwide. It puts the interests of the oil and gas industry,  corporate… Read more »

Congressman Polis Acts to Save Rivers

Washington – Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) took a bold step today to protect rivers in Colorado and across the nation by removing his support for H.R. 3189, the so-called “Water Rights Protection Act.” The House of Representatives will vote on the bill on Thursday. The bill, which is being pushed by the National Ski Areas… Read more »

Is the ski industry green? Not if it supports drying up rivers

H.R. 3189 would allow private water users to dry up rivers with impunity | © dalioPhot In his recent Grist article, Greg Hanscom writes about actions the ski industry is taking to combat climate change. He examines the lobbying muscle of the National Ski Areas Association and looks at the issues the industry group is… Read more »

Searching for Steelhead in San Francisquito

Searsch for Steelhead, San Francisquito Creek, CA | © Kerri McLean My search for steelhead on San Francisquito Creek yesterday didn’t yield any fish, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Despite a major ongoing drought in California, we were lucky enough to have one significant rain event in Northern California a couple weeks ago. A portion… Read more »

Snail Darter Politics

Little Tennessee River | © USFWS, Southeast As California is enduring the worst drought in its history, some politicians are blaming it all on federal and state environmental laws that protect fish and wildlife and the rivers they depend on for survival. And, as predictably as water flows downstream, these politicians are looking for oddly-named… Read more »

Happy as a Beaver in a Rainy Mountain Meadow

Beaver hard at work on Norden Lake near Bear Valley, CA | © George Lamson Despite the long, severe drought we are experiencing in California I believe there is always room for a little hope and optimism. Some of that came to us recently in the way of badly needed rain. For a couple days before the… Read more »