Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

River's return

2 years after state's biggest dam removal, fish rebound

nspections take place in July 2015 during California's largest dam-removal project – the 106-foot-high San Clemente Dam on the scenic Carmel River. KELLY GROW / Department of Water Resources

DWR

Water Deeply

At a time when California was suffering from a record drought, removing a dam would have seemed counterintuitive. But that's what happened in 2015 on the Carmel River when the San Clemente Dam was torn down in the name of public safety and for the benefit of an iconic fish. Now, two years later, scientists are evaluating just how big an impact the dam removal has had on steelhead trout. So far, the results are promising.

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How state can map, invest in valuable landscapes

California Economic Summit

California's working landscapes include farmland, forests, wetlands, mines, water bodies and other natural resource lands, both private and public. These ecosystem services are often taken for granted, leading to underinvestment in the natural systems and rural communities that sustain them. A new report offers a framework for mapping, valuing and investing in ecosystem services.

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Rain expected to douse wildfires in wine country

San Francisco Chronicle

Firefighters expect to fully contain the deadly wine country wildfires this week, just as a final blow to the burn areas is anticipated from above — in the form of rain. The Tubbs Fire was 98 percent contained Sunday. The nearby Nuns Fire to the south also was 98 percent contained. Crews have contained Napa County's Atlas Fire and the Redwood Valley Fire in Mendocino County.

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