After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West’s drinking water

photo: Tubbs wildfire destroyed homes, may release chemical contaminants

Photo: The ruins of houses destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 14, 2017 in Santa Rosa, California. David McNew / Getty Images file

At least 65 percent of the public water supply in the Western U.S. comes from fire-prone areas, and wildfires can taint water with toxins and parasites.

Gerald and Serene Buhrz were among the lucky ones.

When they fled their home at 2:00 a.m. on Oct. 8, … [more…]

Fish farms: ‘…still using the ocean as a toilet’

photo: fish farms in the ocean may affect wild ocean salmon, other species. 'They are still using the ocean as a toilet': NDP Fisheries critic proposes removing fish farms from oceans

Photo: NDP Fisheries critic Fin Donnelly would like to see all aquaculture operations moved to land. (Clayoquot Action)

NDP Fisheries critic proposes removing fish farms from oceans

Fish farmers believe it would wipe out the industry.

The federal NDP critic for Fisheries and Oceans is proposing legislation that would overhaul fish farming by moving open-net fish farms from the ocean to land in an effort to stabilize and grow dwindling … [more…]

Tiny Goldfish Create Monster Problem If Released In Fresh Water

Tiny Goldfish Create Monster Problem When Released In Fresh Water

MEDICAL LAKE, WA — “Swim, fishy, swim,” you may think as you free your little aquarium goldfish into natural waters. What’s the harm? Plenty, it turns out.

Wildlife officials are wrestling with a giant-sized goldfish problem at an eastern Washington lake, where the once-small fish have grown to the size of footballs and are choking out native species and stirring up all kinds of problems in the ecosystem.

The Washington … [more…]

Man using technology to improve water usage in farming

Man using technology to improve water usage in farming

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — In this Sept. 19, 2017 photo, Jeff Reed holds a wireless rain sensor, which helps reduce his draw of water from the Yellowstone River, in Montana. Reed makes use of the latest technology to reduce water use and improve soil quality on his land in Paradise Valley. (Nate Howard /Livingston Enterprise via AP)

Jeff Reed has made his living in technology including serving as chief technology … [more…]