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California’s Dammed Fish

A few weeks ago, I assessed the possibility of a massive 2015 fish kill in the Trinity and Klamath Rivers (“Impending Fish Catastrophe On the Klamath-Trinity”) owing to drought-induced lack…

Impending Fish Disaster in the Klamath-Trinity

Impending Fish Disaster in the Klamath-Trinity

Wild salmon have splashed their way up the Klamath River and its tributaries — including the largest of those tributaries, the Trinity River — for at least 12,000 years. Owing…

Who Impairs Clear Lake?

Who Impairs Clear Lake?

There is no escaping the inexorable judgment of weather and time. Every year, the rain renders its verdict on the decisions industrial humans have made on the land. During the…

California’s North Coast Water Relics

California’s North Coast Water Relics

In roughly three weeks, the relatively slim percentage of Californians who vote in the Nov. 2014 election will decide on a politically contentious (is there any other kind of water…

Clear Lake’s (and the World’s) Algae Problem

Clear Lake’s (and the World’s) Algae Problem

The problem began in earnest in the late-1920s, when heavy earth-moving equipment set about filling and re-sculpting Clear Lake’s shoreline wetlands to “reclaim” them for agriculture, Bradley Mining Company inaugurated…

Fire & Water Out Of Balance

A few miles east of Mt. Shasta, in an area called Coonrod Flat, a McCloud River tributary called Ash Creek winds its way through this uplands meadow, which is dotted…

Drum Demo At Shasta Dam

Drum Demo At Shasta Dam

For the Winnemem Wintu people of the McCloud River watershed (a mighty tributary of the Upper Sacramento River, formed by the southeastern drainage of Mt. Shasta and its stately foothills),…

Business as Usual For California Water Hogs

The year 2013 was California’s driest on record. The first six months of 2014 were the hottest half-year on record. Reservoirs are drying up. Groundwater basins are diminishing at an…

Mendo’s Timber Tentacles

It’s been well over a decade since the grape-based alcohol sector first outpaced tree cutting as Mendocino County’s dominant state-sanctioned economic sector. This watershed moment — a product of many…

The Imaginary World Of Phil Frisbie, Jr.

The Imaginary World Of Phil Frisbie, Jr.

Since the advent of the modern propaganda industry during the era of World War I, paid propaganda shills have become a fixture of large capital projects and national endeavors of…

Willits Bypass Timeline

In Willits, many people have not taken kindly to the California Department of Transportation's asphalt imperialism, which entails spreading more than 140,000 dump truck loads of fill in Little Lake…

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