.Alastair Bland

Jun 18, 2024

Chinook Salmon in Hot Water

There may not be tumbleweed blowing through the salty streets of California’s coastal marinas, but the collapse of the state’s Chinook salmon runs has...
Jun 13, 2024

Climactic Climate

As temperatures rise, hope floats Last year was the planet’s warmest 12-month span in at least two millennia, beating out the prior record year of...
May 15, 2024

Have SF water policies led to salmon collapse?

As California’s native Chinook salmon populations dwindle, prompting a shutdown of the fishing industry, environmentalists are pleading with water supply managers for a change...
Jul 21, 2021

Salmon Suffer In a State of Drought

So many salmon once spawned each year in the Central Valley that humans all but lived on them, and chemical traces of the fish...
Nov 6, 2019

Saving Salmon

Salmon three feet long seem to clog the water as the chrome-colored fish, fresh from the ocean, begin their journey upriver toward the high-elevation...
Oct 2, 2019

Urchin Matters

Kelp Killers Unbridled urchins are a menace to aquatic plants and abalone. Some breathe through scuba gear, while others hold their breath—and each carries a...
May 7, 2014

Morel of the Story

One of the biggest flushes of morel mushrooms in living memory, a sought-after, spring-time ingredient at many top-tier restaurants, is now bursting from the...
Feb 12, 2014

After the Deluge

Last weekend, rain fell in drenching, gushing sheets across Northern California. Stream levels bounced up, fish again had room to swim and farmers saw...