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An Indigenous Community Land Trust Rises: Making Land Back a Reality

Oct 13, 2021 at 3:10pm

Michelle Vassel and David Cobb

The Wiyot people have stewarded the land in and around Humboldt Bay (Wigi) in Northern California, near the present-day city of Eureka, for thousands of years. Before the arrival of settler-colonists, they actively managed their resources.

Napa Valley Wineries Use On-Site Wastewater Treatment Systems to Irrigate Vineyards

Oct 18, 2021 at 2:45pm

Sam Jones

The process of making wine requires a lot of water — the rough estimate among industry players is about a 6:1 ratio — and thus results in a lot of wastewater.

What does La Niña mean for California winter?

Oct 16, 2021 at 2:40pm

Amy Graff

The Climate Prediction Center, an arm of the National Weather Service, announced Thursday that La Niña conditions have developed and are expected to extend through winter, influencing weather worldwide.

How a California State Forest Became a Battleground for Logging Redwoods on Public Land

Oct 14, 2021 at 9:00am

Ashley Harrell

Jackson Demonstration State Forest has become ground zero in an escalating war over the management of redwoods on public land, with catastrophic wildfires and global climate change necessitating urgency and raising the stakes.  

City of Calistoga 'Hires' Goats, Sheep for Fire Mitigation Work

Oct 13, 2021 at 5:35pm

Cynthia Sweeney

The City of Calistoga has hired more “workers” to assist in its ongoing mitigation efforts to protect the town from future wildfires. They work for food, are good for the environment, and they are cute to boot.

A Rare Ecological Gem is Slicked with Spilled Oil — Again

Oct 5, 2021 at 5:25pm

Rachel Becker

Wetlands painstakingly created with millions of dollars are the most devastating victims of the Huntington Beach oil spill. The trio of marshes provides rare feeding and resting grounds for at least 90 species of shorebirds.

CA Water Commission: Groundwater Rights Summary and Allocations Challenges for Market Development

Oct 13, 2021 at 3:00pm


For the past several months, the California Water Commission has been leading a process to frame state considerations around how Groundwater Sustainability Agencies might construct well-managed groundwater trading programs.

'This is Historic': For at Least a Week, California's Eel River Stopped Flowing

Oct 5, 2021 at 2:10pm

Amy Graff

Fisheries biologist Pat Higgins said he was shocked when he discovered on Sept. 17 a section of the largest tributary in California's third-largest watershed was dry.

Napa Businesses Join International Sustainable Wine Roundtable as Founding Members

Oct 4, 2021 at 1:55pm

Sam Jones

Forty companies from across the globe joined forces this year to create the Sustainable Wine Roundtable, where stakeholders will work to set industry-wide sustainability standards and communication.

We’re Dumping Loads of Retardant Chemicals to Fight Wildfires. What Does it Mean for Wildlife?

Sep 27, 2021 at 2:10pm

Autumn Spanne

As western wildfires become bigger and more intense, state and federal fire agencies are using more and more aerial fire retardant, prompting concerns over fish kills, aquatic life, and water quality.

Facing Drought, Wildfires, Scorching Heat, Bay Area Wineries Are Changing How They Grow Grapes

Sep 30, 2021 at 1:00pm

Ezra David Romero

California is in a second year of drought and for many North Bay grape growers, the hot, dry conditions mean lost crops. In 2020 some growers lost 20% or more of their crops because of dry conditions, fires, or smoke tainting the flavor of their grapes.

California’s Severe Water Shortage Hits Low-Income Communities Hardest

Sep 29, 2021 at 1:45pm

Sasha Abramsky

Groundwater systems are key during California droughts, but certain places are running dry - and there's no real solution in sight.