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Drought-ravaged winter-run Chinook salmon hit rock bottom on the Sacramento River

Only 1,123 adult winter Chinook salmon, once one of the biggest salmon runs on the Sacramento River and its tributaries, returned to the Sacramento Valley in 2017, according to a report sent to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). By Dan Bacher “This is the second lowest number of returning adult winter […]

September 15th

Water shortage from climate change will devastate agriculture

Agricultural yields within the US will be severely diminished by 2050 as a result of hot spots of intense water shortage caused by climate change, according to a new study from MIT. By James Ayre The hot spots in question are, unsurprisingly, mostly within the Southwestern US, where agriculture and ranching are already highly dependent upon […]

July 19th

Drought bill update: You can’t save delta by pumping more water

By Dan Bacher As Governor Jerry Brown resumes his campaign to build the salmon-killing Delta Tunnels after spending a week green washing his image in Paris at the Climate Summit, Congress is doing its best in Washington D.C. to eviscerate protections for Central Valley and Trinity/Klamath River salmon and steelhead. HR 2898, an agribusiness-backed “drought relief” bill that […]

December 15th

Nestlé: The Grinch stealing California water

by Dan Bacher  The Crunch Nestlé Alliance, the group that shut down the Nestlé Waters bottling plant in Sacramento in March 2015 and October 2014, will be protesting at the plant again on December 4, but this time the alliance is doubling down on a shut-down.  This time the group is also going to shut […]

November 10th

This summer’s horrific drought: The shocking new normal for the American West

By William deBuys (This is an excerpt from William deBuys‘ new book, A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest.) Dire fire conditions, like the inferno of heat, turbulence, and fuel that recently turned 346 homes in Colorado Springs to ash, are now common in the West. A lethal combination of drought, insect plagues, windstorms, and […]

July 24th

Schwarzenegger Declares Statewide Drought, Orders Agencies to Address California’s Urgent Water Needs

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought today, following two straight years of below-average rainfall, very low snowmelt runoff and the largest court-ordered water transfer restrictions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in state history. The governor also issued an Executive Order meant to address related problems caused by the water shortages, such as extreme […]

June 4th