Northwest dams agree to spill more water to help salmon, orcas survive

photo: chinook salmon, endangered, a key food source for orcas

The survival of Puget Sound’s orca population depends on the migration of endangered Chinook salmon. (USFWS) (Courthouse News)

Dam operators will send more water spilling over the eight dams along the Snake and Columbia rivers in an effort to help young salmon survive the notoriously deadly trip to the Pacific Ocean.

The spill management plan for 2019 and 2020 is a win for salmon advocates in a 17-year legal battle … [more…]

Somerville Receives $500K For Water, Sewer Improvements

photo: cash - grant money will modernize infrastructure

The project includes upgrading a 140-year-old sewer system and enable the construction of five mixed-use buildings at Boynton Yards.

SOMERVILLE, MA – The Baker-Polito administration on Friday announced a $500,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for water and sewer improvements in the Boynton Yards area. The project will modernize a failing 140-year-old sewer system and enable separated stormwater and sewer service to support the redevelopment of Boynton Yards, which will be … [more…]

Poll: 74 Percent of Americans Want Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized, Funded

New Poll Shows 74 Percent of Americans Want Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized, Funded

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new national poll conducted for the National Wildlife Federation and released today shows three out of every four Americans want to see the permanent reauthorization and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara said the results show the American people want Congress to ensure this critical program continues to support outdoor recreation for families, hunters and … [more…]

Bill would limit science Michigan uses to regulate toxic cleanups

Bill would limit science Michigan uses to regulate toxic cleanups

Young’s Environmental workers dig into a hillside on House Street NE in Belmont, Mich., where Wolverine World Wide dumped tannery waste on what’s now MDOT property. Photo taken Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. Barrels containing tannery waste and animal hides were discovered on the property. (Neil Blake | MLive.com) (Neil Blake | nblake1@mlive.com)

LANSING, MI — New legislation has sprouted in lame duck session that public health advocates say would lock

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Harvard Reportedly Buying Up California’s Vineyards—and Their Water Rights

photo:vineyard in California, where Harvard is buying wineries and their water rights.

Harvard University’s endowment is reportedly buying up vineyards in California’s wine country, along with the water rights belonging to those properties.

Instead of making the land purchases in its own name, Harvard is using a wholly owned subsidiary—named Brodiaea after the scientific name for the cluster lily —to buy vineyards. Harvard created Brodiaea in 2012, and by 2015 the unit had already purchased 10,000 acres in Santa Barbara and San … [more…]