California's New River was long a collection of sewage and trash as it worked its way from Mexico to the Salton Sea. But after a 10-year cleanup effort, the one-time "most polluted river in America" no longer carries that title.
Now that the dam is finished, alewives are climbing the new fish ladder around the dam so they can return to Rogers Lake from their feeding grounds at sea. The work is part of a coastwide effort to remove or bypass dams in the hope of restoring the alewives to their former glory.
The White House announced new initiatives to support more solar development this week. But the Department of Energy’s inspector general cast a cloud, with a report slamming a $68 million loan guarantee gone wrong—shades of the Solyndra failure.
An artificial reef that conservationists hope will repopulate Matagorda Bay with oyster beds was completed over the weekend by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 250-foot-long, 50-foot-wide structure was completed Saturday, Corps spokesman Isidro Reyna said.
For much of the past 55 years, portions of the Norwalk River were greatly affected by the same sources of pollution as many Fairfield County watersheds. Until recently, fish populations were low, beavers had left, and birds of prey like ospreys were rarely found.
On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its sixth annual ranking of metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings. For the first time, Philadelphia placed in the top 10, moving up to the number-nine spot.
Since the early 1960s, water has – thanks to an aggressive program of dam building upstream – only occasionally reached the delta at the mouth of the Colorado River. But Minute 319 – an amendment to a U.S.-Mexico water treaty – changed this.
Cage after cage, oysters destined for a sprinkling of lemon juice and a delighted diner are pulled from the majestic Chesapeake Bay, where 20 years ago they had nearly disappeared. The mollusk's reintroduction is playing a vital role in the health of the bay.
The Daily Climate is bringing on a seasoned journalist as its climate science reporter. National Geographic senior editor Marianne Lavelle will bring her award-winning talents to the site beginning in late April.
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