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Climate Change Forces California Winemakers to Reconsider What Grapes Grow Where

Aug 4, 2021 at 1:05pm


For decades, California winemakers have long thought of the Winkler Index as gospel. With increasing pressures from heat and drought bearing down on the state, however, the Index may currently be horribly out of date.

Drought prompts California to limit some water diversions

Aug 4, 2021 at 9:30am


Some farmers in one of the country's most important agricultural regions will have to stop taking water out of major rivers and streams because of a severe drought that is rapidly depleting the California reservoirs and killing endangered species of fish, state regulators said Tuesday.

Congressman Garamendi Releases Draft Bill to Expand Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Jul 28, 2021 at 12:00am

California Native Plant Society

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA 3rd District) released discussion draft legislation to add the Lake County portion of Walker Ridge to the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.

Here's how Bay Area Researchers are Using Plants to Fight Climate Change

Jul 26, 2021 at 1:20pm

Dan Ashley & Tim Didion

Bay Area researchers are looking for a solution to climate change and may have found the answer in plants like switchgrass.

Why has Western Heat been so Intense? It Boils Down to 5 Reasons

Jul 26, 2021 at 11:30am

Zachary Rosenthal, AccuwWeather

5 Reasons for intense heat in the Western US, ongoing drought, lack of monsoonal rain last summer, La Nina. above normal NE Pacific water temperature, and climate change.

CDFW Reminds Dog Owners To Protect Pets From Salmon Poisoning Disease (FEATHER RIVER & NORTHERN SIERRAS)

Jul 23, 2021 at 8:00am

CA Department of Fish & Wildlife

Dog owners are advised to be cautious and to keep salmon, steelhead, trout and other freshwater fish carcasses away from their dogs.

What It Means to Store Water for the Environment

Jul 26, 2021 at 1:40pm


What does it mean to store water for the environment, and why is it important?

Sunscreen on Grapes? This Crop Is the Climate Change Canary in the Coal Mine

Jul 28, 2021 at 1:25pm

Leon Kaye

Reality is hitting many vineyards now. This summer, fierce summer heat has been doing a number on grape growers worldwide. 

Senators Propose More Money for Water Sources

Jul 28, 2021 at 1:10pm

Dave Mason

The California Democrats on Friday introduced legislation to boost funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s pilot program for grants for alternative water sources.

More Heat Waves Coming, Scientists Say. But The Health Impacts Are Largely Preventable

Jul 20, 2021 at 8:00am

Laura Klivans

California has baked this summer, as temperatures in Death Valley climbed to 130 degrees. “...there is a fair amount of evidence that heat wave related health impacts, at least, are largely preventable,” Baldwin adds.

How to Reduce Home Water Use in an Age of Drought & Climate Change

Jul 20, 2021 at 7:00am

Sarah Fowler

Even if you aren’t facing mandated water conservation efforts, though, there are small changes everyone can make at home. We asked experts for some easy ways to cut back on water usage. Here are their suggestions.

NEW LandSmart® Grazing Program for Community Resilience

Jul 16, 2021 at 8:00am

Sonoma RCD

LandSmart® Grazing is a program designed to fund the partnership between landowners and contract grazers in the hopes of reducing the risk and rapid spread of wildfire.