Freshwater Ecosystems

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Marijuana Plantations Compound California Drought

It’s marijuana harvest time in northern California, and the air is strongly pungent with skunk smelling scents. It is also the time of year when many rural residents are anxiously awaiting the rainy season, as they are living without water after the arid summer months. Is there a connection between dwindling water supplies and illegal […]

October 7th

Flowing Water Returns to Dry San Joaquin River

The San Joaquin River is the second longest river in California; however, water diversion for irrigation and urban use has caused 64 miles of the river to run dry.  Dry riverbed will soon flow with water again, thanks to the Omnibus Public Lands Bill signed into law by President Obama on March 30, 2009.  Federal […]

October 5th

Tests Confirm Oregon Dogs Died from Toxic Algae

Four Oregon dogs have died from toxic algae found in Elk Creek near its confluence with the Umpqua River. Low flows resulting from drought have caused algae blooms that are toxic to pets, humans, and livestock.  One dog’s cause of death has been confirmed as caused by blue-green algae, leading officials to presume similar causes […]

September 28th

Superfund Hudson River Dredging Resumes After Dangerous PCB Levels Detected Downstream

200 miles of the Hudson River were classified as a Superfund site in 1984. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) established the Superfund program to clean up abandoned hazardous waste sites.  The Hudson River was contaminated by two General Electric (GE) capacitor production plants.  From 1947-1977, “between 209,000 and 1.3 […]

August 13th

California Judge Orders Suction Dredge Mining Moratorium

In advance of Governor Schwarzenegger’s decision on California’s SB 670, which would place a moratorium on new permits for suction dredge mining to protect salmon, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch issued an injunction establishing such a moratorium.   The injunction ordered the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to stop spending general funds to […]

July 31st

Go for a Skinny Dip and Save a River

New Belgium Brewery, best known for brewing great beer, like Fat Tire and Sunshine Wheat, and for the massive traveling bike carnival Tour de Fat, is also a leader in corporate water sustainability and donating to water advocacy groups. The company’s Skinny Dip campaign helps to promote and provide financial support for groups working to […]

July 7th

Illegal Marijuana Cultivation Pollutes Our Forests and Creeks

For some reason, there seems to be a correlation between environmentalists and the legalization of marijuana, although Obama will not likely make it happen. Perhaps one reason for this correlation is the potential negative effect on our forests from illegal cultivation. From diesel spills to chemical fertilizers, the illegal cultivation of marijuana is polluting our […]

July 1st

Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to be Revised Because of Climate Change

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was enacted in 1972 between the United States and Canada “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.”  Over the years, the pact has undergone several revisions when the Great Lakes faced differing threats, such as phosphorus or toxic substances.  Recently, […]

June 22nd