Drought Resources

Learn more about our current drought, its historic and scientific context, the impact on our environment, and how state and federal policymakers are handling the situation. Drought History Graphic reprinted from the North Coast Journal California Drought: 17 Communities Could Run Out of Water Within 60 to 120 Days, State Says Paul Rogers, San Jose … Read more

Mendocino County Sheriff: Pot Growers Stealing Water

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman on Tuesday said he’s made it a top priority to crack down on illegal pot growers who steal millions of gallons of water during the growing season. Area residents may tolerate marijuana growers, but they don’t tolerate water thieves who illegally tap into streams and their neighbors’ water tanks, Allman … Read more

Saving These Rare Orcas? Protect Their Favorite Haunts

New research shows that this whale [“southern resident” orcas] population — divvied up into three lively pods — loves to travel, especially in the winter. Last year scientists found that, over the course of just a few months, they cruised from Cape Flattery, at the far northwestern tip of Washington, down along the Oregon Coast … Read more

Humboldt's Hippie Growers Lament Environmental Damage by Pot 'Miners'

Veteran marijuana farmers say newcomers to Northern California’s pot hotbed use toxic, harmful methods to cash in “We need to (fully) legalizemarijuana and regulate it as we would any other industry,” he said. “Policymakers need to tell farmers, ‘Go ahead and grow if you comply with environmental standards and with public-health requirements.’” “No one wants to … Read more

Reduced Flows Approved for Eel and Russian Rivers

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, owners of the Pottery Valley Project have requested and been granted permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reduce flows to the main stem Eel River at Cape Horn Dam, from Lake Pillsbury at Scott Dam, and into the East Branch of the Russian River. This is a … Read more