Act I Setting: Pacific Ocean, 2014–2015 The silver-sided, green-backed Chinook salmon was invigorated from its three-year, 30,000-mile tour along the northern Pacific Ocean’s great encircling gyre of currents. Pooled with hundreds of thousands of others of its species from all points along North America, its journey had wound north from California to Canada and west along […]
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 […]
For quite some time, there’s been a little debate going on in California over the true numbers describing how much water is used in the Golden State for urban dwellers, businesses and industry compared to farms, the environment and other activities. This argument is a bit strange, since the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) publishes its detailed analyses of […]
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.