All about the humble water shrew

Water shrew

Photo: Water shrew Erni Shutterstock

The water shrew is well adapted to an aquatic lifestyle: they have a dark brown (almost black), waterproof coat of short fur, and ears (visible as white tufts) that can close in the water. A fringe of stiff silvery hairs runs the length of the underside of the tail, which they use as a rudder, and their hind feet have similar fringes. They can dive … [more…]

Restoration project improves salmon habitat in Mendocino County creek

Restoration project improves salmon habitat in Mendocino County creek

This photo shows the flow of James Creek after the restoration project. (Photo courtesy of Mendocino Land Trust)

Land Trust also seeking summer interns for future projects

A four-year restoration project on James Creek in Mendocino County has led to “the return of spawning coho salmon to the upper reaches of a tributary of Big River,” the Mendocino Land Trust announced.

The project was a collaboration between the Land Trust, … [more…]

New rules limiting clean water protections ignore stream science

photo: the Little Colorado River. re: Clean Water Act

Photo: Sections of the Little Colorado River in northern Arizona are ephemeral, flowing most frequently during the spring to accommodate snowmelt runoff or during the summer monsoon season. In this view, the river is at flood stage, with water cascading over the falls. Dale Nations/Flickr CC

On Dec. 11, the Trump administration announced plans to cut back the number of wetlands and creeks protected under the Clean Water Act, which … [more…]

On the Chesapeake, A Precarious Future of Rising Seas and High Tides

photo: home being raised above estimated flood levels.

Mike Draper raised his house in southern Dorchester County seven feet to protect it from rising waters. PHOTO BY DAVE HARP

Maryland’s Dorchester County is ground zero for climate change on Chesapeake Bay, as rising seas claim more and more land. An e360 video explores the quiet beauty of this liquid landscape and how high tides and erosion are putting the bay’s rural communities at risk.

I’m making a film … [more…]

‘Astronomical’ PFAS level sets new Michigan contamination milestone

photo: PFAS foam in creek water. 'Astronomical' PFAS level sets new Michigan contamination milestone

Photo: PFAS foam accumulates downstream from the Geddes Dam in Ann Arbor Township on Sept. 20, 2018. PFAS foam has been found downstream from four Washtenaw County dams and elsewhere on the Huron River. (Jacob Hamilton)

Contamination in an Oakland County creek that feeds into the Huron River and its chain of lakes is setting a new state record for PFAS present today in Michigan surface water.

Now the source … [more…]