Since the late 1980s, California has progressively enforced ever-more-strict regulations and decrees over the use of the state’s waters. Now, advances in science research are leading to questions about whether the state’s solutions to addressing California’s environmental problems are providing their intended results. First, the evidence. Key environmental laws, regulations and court case decisions progressively […]
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 […]
Why are fishermen given free rein to catch endangered species — nay, kill and sell endangered species — in apparent violation of both federal and state protection laws? There are no Greenpeace activists hollering on bullhorns from their Zodiacs to challenge them as would be the case for threatened whales, and there are no placard marching protesters advancing on the […]
As one with a classic physical and biological science background, it’s becoming harder and harder to stomach the degree to which a large cohort of degreed scientists are unable to see the trees for the forest and are using their short-sighted vision to guide public policy. … Take manmade climate change. We are repeatedly told […]
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.