Posted on May 10, 2015 by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 creates an opportunity to establish standards for the way California accounts for its stores of groundwater, which provide up to 60 percent of the state’s water supply during droughts.
Don’t you think that vital headwater streams such as this should be protected from pollution?
Photo by Phil Monahan
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block a set of rules proposed last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect headwater streams under the Clean Water Act. Yesterday, a group of some of the more influential executives in the fly-fishing industry sent an open letter to Congress, asking legislators to consider how vital these protections are to the health of our ecosystem.
NICK STOCKTON SCIENCE 04.01.15 7:56 PM Wired.com
A skier threads his way through patches of dry ground at Squaw Valley Ski Resort,
March 21, 2015 in Olympic Valley, California. MAX WHITTAKER/GETTY IMAGES
HE MAY HAVE dropped the news on April Fools Day, but California Governor Jerry Brown’s new water rules are no joke. Issued while standing in the bone dry Sierra Nevada mountains—which are usually packed with snow this time of year—Brown’s executive order will affect every user in the state, from cities to golf courses, parks to agriculture.
The edict attacks the water shortage in four ways: by reducing water waste, implementing stricter waste enforcement, streamlining the bureaucratic processes for water management, and developing new technologies to reduce both usage and waste. Most strikingly, Brown’s plan called for a statewide, mandatory reduction of water use in cities and towns by 25 percent.
By Andy J. Danylchuk, PhD
April Vokey releases a Skeena River steelhead. Photo: Adrienne Comeau
Recreational angling is an incredibly popular leisure activity in North America, spanning a wide demographic of our society and occurring almost every place fish can be found. Tools and techniques for recreational angling are also vast and selecting the right gear often consumes a lot of our leisure time, basements, and wallets. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ sport and, for the most part, I think we like it that way.