A new effort to save birds pinpoints in amazing detail where they fly

photo: Pacific Flyway red-bellied woodpecker Central Valley

Photo: A red-bellied woodpecker in the District’s Rock Creek Park. The eBird Project blends birdwatchers’ sightings with satellite photos and data about many species. The combination produces precise digital maps predicting when and where threatened and endangered birds migrate. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

For years, as California’s Central Valley grew into the nation’s leading agricultural corridor, the region gradually lost almost all of the wetlands that birds, from the tiny … [more…]

Farmers’ protest is a sign water politics is about to go into hyperdrive

Farmers' protest is a sign water politics is about to go into hyperdrive

Photo: The confluence of the Murray and Darling rivers. Farmers believe water is not being allocated fairly according to the government’s own rules. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

[h2oIQ editor’s note: we generally focus on North America. However, we are sympathetic to farmers everywhere and note that the issue discussed here could well be on the horizon in the Americas, as well.]

Protesters to drive tractors and trucks into the

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It’s time for California to let some of its thirsty farmland go

It’s time for California to let some of its thirsty farmland go

Some half a million acres of the most productive agricultural region on the planet — California’s San Joaquin Valley — will have to fall fallow, a new report says. There just isn’t enough water.

Farmers have been using so much water that wells have run dry and the ground has sunk as much as 28 feet in places. So California passed a law back in 2014 to stop its overdraft … [more…]

California’s ‘dry farmers’ grow crops without irrigation

photo: Jim Leap, one of California’s ‘dry farmers’

The environmentally conscious practice relies on rainwater to grow seasonal crops

DECEMBER 18: Jim Leap is photographed on his property on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in San Juan Bautista, Calif. Leap grows grains, fruits, and vegetables on about one acre of his land using dry farming techniques. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA — Jim Leap fondly recalls the first Early Girl tomatoes he grew at UC Santa … [more…]

Intel pledges decade of water leasing to protect Middle Deschutes

photo: Middle Deschutes River

Deschutes River Conservancy’s water leasing program aims to restore, improve flows in the Middle Deschutes River downstream from Bend (Photo: Deschutes River Conservancy)

Irrigation diversions can dry up river in summer

BEND, Ore. – (Update: Funding amount not disclosed)

The Deschutes River Conservancy announced Wednesday that its water leasing program has just secured funding from Intel Corp. that will be used to protect 81 million gallons a year in the … [more…]