Feds say Tule groundwater could continue to sink

photo: canal in California's Central Valley

Despite groundwater sustainability plans, Bureau of Reclamation says capacity of Friant-Kern Canal could fall by another 10% in the coming years; impact could be felt by rural communities as well

TULARE COUNTY – Without the construction of the 152-mile Friant-Kern Canal in 1951 at the cost of $61 million, many of the best producing ag areas along the east side of the San Joaquin Valley would be out of business. … [more…]

When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

When dams cause more problems than they solve, removing them can pay off for people and nature

Photo: Maine’s Penobscot River flows freely where the Veazie Dam once stood. Dam removals have reopened the river to 12 native fish species. Credit: Gregory Rec/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Across the United States, dams generate hydroelectric power, store water for drinking and irrigation, control flooding and create recreational opportunities such as slack-water boating and waterskiing.

But dams can also threaten public safety, especially if they are old … [more…]

Taxi Drivers Inspire An Uplifting Water Documentary

Taxi Drivers Inspire An Uplifting Water Documentary

Photo: The All-Gas EU Project in Chiclana, Spain, is Home to the World’s Largest Algal Driven Wastewater Treatment System and the First That Produces Bio-Methane for Use Directly in Cars

After a whole year of filming – across five continents – the water documentary Brave Blue World premiered in Hollywood in December 2019. The documentary is narrated by Liam Neeson and also features actors Matt Damon and Jaden Smith, both … [more…]

Judge Refuses to Divert Water for Endangered Salmon on Klamath River

Judge Refuses to Divert Water for Endangered Salmon on Klamath River

Photo: The Klamath River near its mouth on the Pacific Ocean in Klamath, California. (By Daniel Wade – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0)

By SAN FRANCISCO (CN) — Despite claims the federal government is pushing threatened Coho salmon closer to the brink of extinction by cutting off extra water flows to the Klamath River, a federal judge on Friday refused to intervene in the long-running water dispute.

U.S. District Judge … [more…]

Protect Your Local Pollinators With A DIY Bee Watering Station

Protect Your Local Pollinators With A DIY Bee Watering Station

If we want our plants to reproduce, we need to give bees all the help they can get. Bees and other pollinators are the third party gamete delivery service for millions of plant species across the globe, and especially those plants that feed our exploding population.

Just like about every other living thing on our planet, bees need water, and getting that water can be troublesome for little flying creatures … [more…]