New York Times - With water scarce in Northern California's Klamath Basin, a federal agency is again releasing water into the Klamath River to prevent a repeat of the 2002 fish kill that left tens of thousands of adult salmon dead. That move could lead to a renewed fight about the Klamath River, which has long been subject to intense political battles over the sharing of scarce water between farms and fish. Three tribes depend on the river's salmon for subsistence and ceremonial needs, and a fourth is looking forward to the day that four aging hydroelectric dams are removed so it can harvest the fish.
Washington Post - Tropical forests face a lot of threats, particularly from the logging and agriculture industries. Their continued disappearance from the face of the Earth is therefore no great news - but new research suggests that they may be disappearing even faster than we thought. And that could have big implications for the global effort against climate change. A new report from the Center for Global Development, released Monday, warns of what will happen if world leaders don't take stronger steps to cut down on deforestation - that is, if we follow a "business-as-usual" trajectory. By 2050, they estimate, an area of forest equal to the size of India will be lost.
The Hub - The biggest driver of the tourism industry - the third largest industry in the state - is the beachfront that spans the length of New Jersey. Those beaches, boardwalks and coastal waterways contribute over $19 billion in tourism revenue annually - one half of the state's total $40 billion tourism revenue, according to a resolution in support of increasing the Shore Protection Fund to at least $50 million. That increase would help support future beach preservation projects.
The Guardian - In the years before Hurricane Katrina, residents of New Orleans sought solace in the belief that the Crescent City could build itself out of all environmental threats. Despite a sinking urban footprint, a shrinking coastal buffer and rising sea levels, they had faith that strong stormwater infrastructure was enough to keep them safe. The huge, federally built levee system encircling the metropolitan area enshrined that belief. But then, in lat August of 2005, the levees failed, allowing Katrina's storm surge to flood roughly 80% of the city, killing hundreds and damaging 134,000 housing units. The catastrophe shattered faith in the US Army Corps of Engineers, which has designed the levees, and sparked a complete re-evaluation of the region's flood defences.
San Francisco Chronicle - For Patrick Otellini, the sky is always about the fall. As San Francisco's first "chief resilience officer," Otellini inhabits a worst-case scenario world of catastrophic floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, fire, famine and rising sea level.s When he looks at old "soft story" apartment buildings, he thinks of the thousands of tenants that will be displaced when a major earthquake hits. When he walks along the Embarcadero, he worries about a storm surge breaching the city's crumbling seawalls.
Seattle Times - Seattle officials say they need to increase the city's budget for its Elliot Bay Seawall replacement project by $71 million - nearly 21 percent - due to higher than expected construction costs. Work on the mammoth endeavor began in 2013. Part of the project will be postponed at least a year and design components of the city's planned downtown waterfront park will be delayed, Mayor Ed Murray said.
Post and Courier - The picturesque, historic village of McClellanville, which depends on Jeremy Creek for its commercial fishing livelihood, is facing a crisis because the tributary is in such bad shape. "Our creek is just a disaster right now, frankly. Some of these extra low tides, the sides of the creek are almost touching. The bigger boast can hardly move at all except from half-tide up," Mayor Rutledge Leland said. "Beyond critical" was how he described conditions. "It's reached an emergency situations," he said. But help could be on the way, he said.
Philadelphia Inquirer - For Inlet residents and businesses here, the seven-decade wait is over. Large cranes stationed along the Boardwalk last week began work on a new seawall to reconnect the South Inlet with the North Inlet for the first time since 1994, a visible sign of action on a project that had long been all talk. For bikers and pedestrians, the seawall's completion will mean once again being able to travel the Boardwalk seamlessly to the Inlet from other Shore towns, including Margate and Ventnor.