Environment

California drought: Water district sleuths help Bay Area residents cut waste

California drought: Water district sleuths help Bay Area residents cut waste

July 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm Comments are Disabled

Drew Mathers doesn’t carry a badge or a gun, but he’s still a detective — one who spends his days snooping through the bathrooms and backyards of Silicon Valley. He’s not looking for hidden weapons or suitcases stuffed with drug money. He’s on the hunt for water waste. Mathers andRead More

California drought blankets entire state; El Niño forecast dims

California drought blankets entire state; El Niño forecast dims

July 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm Comments are Disabled

Not too long ago in this season of California’s massive and extended drought, climate experts saw a small glimmer of hope on the horizon: Predictions for a wet El Niño season coming in the winter that would bring badly needed rain and relief to a parched state. Now that glimmerRead More

California drought may doom abandoned pet turtles

California drought may doom abandoned pet turtles

June 18, 2014 at 8:47 am Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE – California’s drought is turning the oasis that was Overfelt Gardens into cracked clay and creating a crisis for abandoned pet turtles in the park’s ponds. But because they aren’t native to California, the turtles aren’t getting any love from officials who decide where water goes and whereRead More

Fish evacuated from Northern California hatcheries amid drought

June 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO — Workers evacuated rainbow trout on Tuesday from a hatchery on the American River as part of rescue efforts prompted by concerns that California’s drought will increase water temperatures and kill the fish. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife was using tanker trucks to remove trout fromRead More

Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to California

Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to California

June 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm Comments are Disabled

CARLSBAD >> On sunny afternoons, this stretch of beach 35 miles north of San Diego offers a classic Southern California backdrop: joggers, palm trees and surfers, flanked by waves rolling in and pelicans soaring overhead. But just across the road, another scene, unlike any other in the state’s history, isRead More

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

June 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm Comments are Disabled

MARE ISLAND >> In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean. Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerousRead More

California drought: El Niño chances increase, but scientists say it may be a weak one

California drought: El Niño chances increase, but scientists say it may be a weak one

June 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm Comments are Disabled

Suffering through the third year of an oppressive drought, California received good and bad news Thursday from scientists closely tracking the Pacific Ocean for El Niño, the phenomenon when ocean waters warm, often bringing wet winters to California. The chances of El Niño conditions developing by this fall are nowRead More

EPA proposes first-of-its-kind regulation to help curb climate change

June 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm Comments are Disabled

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed states reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent in 16 years, an ambitious plan to curb greenhouse gases that cause global climate change. A first-ever nationwide proposal, local energy experts say it won’t have much of an effect onRead More

Northern California rivers, streams being polluted, drained by medical marijuana farms, study says

Northern California rivers, streams being polluted, drained by medical marijuana farms, study says

June 1, 2014 at 11:44 am Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO – Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California’s coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows. State fish and wildlife officials say muchRead More

California drought may devastate wildlife populations

California drought may devastate wildlife populations

May 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm Comments are Disabled

DEAR JOAN: I am writing because of the drought we are experiencing here in California. I am starting to really worry about what the animals will do when the creeks start drying up. I am very concerned about the larger mammals in particular. Is there anything you can tell meRead More