Will there be enough water when the cranes return?

Will there be enough water for these Greater Sandhill Cranes when they return to the San Francisco Bay Delta this fall? With the state’s snowpack down to 5% of average, the lowest ever recorded, Governor Brown has mandated a 25% water use reduction. This is the first time an involuntary water reduction mandate has been … Continue reading Will there be enough water when the cranes return?

Will the movie “DamNation” lead to the removal of the lower four Snake River Dams?

Since the release of the movie "DamNation" over a year ago, over 72 dams have been removed and over 730 miles of rivers were restored across the United States according to the non-profit conservation organization American Rivers. In January of this year, the producers of the movie met with members of Congress and White House … Continue reading Will the movie “DamNation” lead to the removal of the lower four Snake River Dams?

Disparity in Rainfall between Pacific Northwest and California

The latest Columbia Basin Bulletin reports that the US Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from the Dworshak Dam to make room for anticipated above average inflows from the spring snow melts, that have already started. The Dworshak Dam is on the north fork of the Clearwater River in west central Idaho and empties … Continue reading Disparity in Rainfall between Pacific Northwest and California

Is the California Drought here to stay?

The short answer is an emphatic, "YES!" It is real. Even if El Niño arrives next year, as some climatologists have hinted, California currently uses too much water to allow replenishment of its reservoirs and ground water - now at historic low levels. It is predicted that precipitation levels will fluctuate wildly, as they have … Continue reading Is the California Drought here to stay?