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 »

President Obama Tours Drought-Stricken California

The drought in California has left rivers and reservoirs dry. Putting water supplies at risk | © Stuart Rankin President Obama visited California to see firsthand how the state is suffering from the worst drought in decades and to announce federal assistance. Flying in on Air Force One, the President could see that despite recent… Read more »

Skiing, Snow, and Rivers – Making the Connection

Climate change is causing not only a lack of snow, but creating larger chain reactions everywhere.| © Gene Han In his New York Times opinion piece, “The End of Snow” Porter Fox explains the impact climate change is having on snow and the implications for the ski industry. He gets to the core issue when… Read more »

Rivers Work Best When They’re Wet

If passed, HR3189 will hurt fish and wildlife by leaving river beds dry | © dalioPhoto The water supply system in the Colorado River Basin is near its breaking point. Despite an above normal snowpack in the Rockies, climate change and prolonged drought have sapped the once-vigorous Colorado River, threatening the water supply for 36… Read more »

River Restoration Successes

Potomac Highlands Restoration Program Success Our partnership with the Potomac Conservancy has seen tremendous success. Featured in the photos above, the Shenandoah Valley Priority Lands Project in Virginia has successfully worked with private landowners to permanently conserve five local properties. These five properties amount to 1,049 acres, 5.5 stream miles, and 9.4 miles of forested… Read more »

Who is Supporting the Bill that Could Hurt Your Rivers?

Why is the ski industry is pushing a bill that could dry up rivers, damage fish and wildlife habitat, and hurt boating and fishing nationwide? Representatives Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced HR 3189, the so called “Water Rights Protection Act.” This bill was supposed to be a minor “fix” for a narrow… Read more »