Many of the environmental hazards of the gas extraction process, called hydraulic fracturing or fracking, are by now familiar: contaminated drinking water, oil spills and methane gas leaks, exploding rail cars and earthquakes. A less well-known effect is the destruction of large areas of Midwestern farmland resulting from one of fracking’s key ingredients: sand. Source:… Read More


Will endangered fishes, such as Chinook salmon, delta smelt, and longfin smelt, benefit from control of predators, especially of striped bass? This question is of interest because if the answer is ‘yes’, then predator control might increase the benefits of other actions, such as provision of environmental water for native species. Source: California Water News… Read More


The Rundown Senator letters support the idea that politics and water are local. A House committee introduces a big water resources bill. The EPA revises the drinking water health standard for a nonstick chemical. The Supreme Court rejects an Exxon groundwater contamination appeal. The House Natural Resources Committee discusses three water settlements. The USGS studies… Read More


Hi all, I'm planning on doing a dissertation on the Urban rivers syndrome in London, which would involve me collecting field data; width, depth, velocity, water quality etc etc. But I was just wondering if there's any laws which prevent me from accessing and studying rivers, and whether I need to get permition from the… Read More