.Alastair Bland

Feb 15, 2023

Ground Zero

Rain brings little relief to California’s depleted groundwater     The powerful storms that clobbered California for weeks in December and January dropped trillions of gallons...
Jan 18, 2023

After the Storm

Is California’s drought over? Here’s what to know about rain, snow, reservoirs and drought The year 2023 began with a historic bang—record precipitation and disastrous...
Jan 6, 2021

The Fig Collectors

We pedal our bikes through a gray industrial neighborhood in San Rafael, past warehouses, parking lots, shipping containers and auto shops. Vehicles roar by...
Jun 10, 2020

Water’s Not the Issue

As the coronavirus creeps through the human population, causing social and economic turmoil, farmers discard vast quantities of food that they are abruptly unable...
Feb 19, 2020

Some Environmentalists Are Disappointed With Governor Gavin Newsom

Few if any environmentalists were surprised last year when the federal government proposed a new pumping plan that would send more Northern California water...
Jan 8, 2020

California’s Salmon Barely Survived the 20th Century, (But Will They Vanish Before the Next...

Mike Hudson began commercially fishing about 25 years ago. Fishing was productive enough that he paid off his boat and made some decent money...
Dec 10, 2019

What’s Behind the Decline of the West Coast’s Herring?

Tens of millions of silvery sardine-sized fish pour into San Francisco Bay each winter to lay and fertilize their eggs. The water turns milky...
Nov 5, 2019

Trump Administration Plan Allows Delta Water Managers to Kill Off Winter-Run Chinook Salmon

Eight-hundred pages into the text of a lengthy new report, federal biologists have quietly granted government water managers permission to nearly exterminate an endangered...