SCIENCE NEWS: The Spring-run Salmon Saga of the San Joaquin; How researchers flinging salmon inadvertently spurred tree growth; What’s in a scientific name? A story; and more …

In science news this week: The Spring-run Salmon Saga of the San Joaquin:  “We’ve recently reported on the long and fascinating history of Friant Dam, the collapse of San Joaquin River salmon populations, and the groundbreaking lawsuit that resulted in the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP), one of the most ambitious river restoration projects in the country. In August, […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Spawning season, Invasive species in the Delta, Toxic site cleanups, Monarch butterflies, Shifting climate zones, and more …

In science news this week: It’s Spawning Season for Salmon, Scientists Trying to Revive Extinct Central Valley Salmon Run: “Fresno County may seem an unlikely setting for salmon restoration and research, but some of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) most ambitious work with salmon anywhere is taking place in the heart of the parched Central Valley.  Since […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: The importance of our natural infrastructure; Turbulent history on the San Joaquin River; Economic analysis provides watershed moment for environmental groups; A tale of two paths to the world in 2050; and more …

In science news this week: The importance of our natural infrastructure:  “It’s been about a year and a half since the devastating flooding in downtown San José which tragically displaced 14,000 residents and caused over $100 million in damage. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about what nature did to prevent that tragedy from being even worse, […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Elkhorn Slough designated ‘Wetland of International Importance’; Navigating the complex intersections of the Bay Delta; Two Pacific Flyway States band together to manage geese; and more …

In science news this week: Elkhorn Slough designated ‘Wetland of International Importance’: “Congressman Jimmy Panetta, California State Senator Bill Monning, State Assemblymember Mark Stone, and representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Elkhorn Slough Foundation gathered on October 5 at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Hester Marsh to celebrate the […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: How wildfires are polluting rivers and threatening water supplies; Soaring views and hawks highlight new Jenner Headlands Preserve; Steelhead life cycle linked to environment, pink salmon abundance; and more …

In science news this week: How wildfires are polluting rivers and threatening water supplies:  “Cameron Falls in Canada’s Waterton Lakes National Park runs cold and clear in summer, when as many as a half-million people come to canoe, fish, hike, and bike in this pristine Rocky Mountain landscape along the Alberta/Montana border. On very rare occasions, it runs a Pepto […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: No stone unturned: Little worlds inside stream riffles and pools; Fish for sport: Another chapter of California fish introductions; Impacts of El Niño and La Niña to intensify as climate warms; and more …

In science news this week: No stone unturned: Little worlds inside stream riffles and pools: “University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) stream ecologist David Herbst, a research scientist with Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL), is committed to exploring the little worlds inside stream riffles and pools, one overturned stone at a time. Living in these small, dynamic systems are […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Sacramento salmon outmigration, Artichokes and amphibians, Conserving the cultural landscape, Rising sea levels, and more …

In science news this week: Hard to make more from less: Reduced Sacramento salmon outmigration:  “In the salmon circle of life, fewer spawning adults returning to freshwater in the fall typically means fewer offspring will make their way out to sea the following year. In a previous Fish Report, we described the disappointing returns of adult fall-run Chinook salmon to […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: DWR Lead Scientist Ted Sommer wins career achievement award; The pros and cons of hydropower; A new floating PIT tag antenna for studying salmon movement; and more …

In science news this week: DWR Lead Scientist Ted Sommer wins career achievement award:  “DWR’s Lead Scientist Ted Sommer, whose decades of research into fish and ecology has influenced scientific policy and management in California, received a career achievement award Monday at the Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento.  The Brown-Nichols Science Award is a biennial honor for scientists whose research […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: Global warming, El Nino could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months; Fighting fire with prescribed fire; Alpine ecosystems struggle to recover from nitrogen deposition; and more …

In science news this week: Global warming, El Nino could cause wetter winters, drier conditions in other months:  “So here’s the good news: Despite fears to the contrary, California isn’t facing a year-round drought in our warming new world.  However, UC Riverside Earth Sciences Professor Robert Allen’s research indicates that what precipitation the state does get will be pretty much […]

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SCIENCE NEWS: NASA image shows how CA’s wildfires are affecting the atmosphere; Drought, groundwater loss sinks California land at alarming rate; Small amounts of water enable juvenile salmon to survive; Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants; and more …

In science news this week: NASA image shows how California’s wildfires are affecting the atmosphere; Drought, groundwater loss sinks California land at alarming rate; Small amounts of water enable juvenile salmon to survive; Changing genes: Studying steelhead in San Francisco streams; Managing fisheries in the face of climate change; Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants; Connectivity explains ecosystem responses to […]

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