Protecting several species of endangered fish in the San Joaquin River watershed has become an exercise in weighing false environmental precepts and zero-sum-game conservation assumptions against commonsense practicalities. With 3.5 gallons of water flowing out to sea in 2016 for every gallon pumped from the Delta to southland cities, some still say that Delta smelt, winter-run […]
California’s epic five-year drought — more than 83 percent of the Golden State remains mired in moderate to exceptional drought according to U.S. Drought Monitor — has left those who love and wish to preserve nature and the environment a dwindling hand of bad options, poor choices or worse. Managing the state’s dwindling stores of water […]
Fisheries biologists studying a sudden and precipitous drop in Chinook (king) salmon populations in the Bering Sea since 2000 are wondering, “Where are all the kings?” They noted populations were crashing and their catch of large fish was also falling. Since the 1990s, the average size of an Alaska king salmon declined 20%. The answer […]
Environmental objections to new dam construction in California may be a primary reason why endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and other threatened fish go extinct.