It has been nearly a decade since environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150 mile stretch of the San Joaquin River. Originally, the task of getting the river flowing year-round so salmon could swim to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn was to be complete in 2012. Officials now predict the project will be completed in 2022. However, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says that the section of the river in question will be flowing year-round by the end of the month—a major milestone for the project.
The Dakota Access pipeline is an 1,100 mile pipeline created to transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil coming from the Bakken and Three Forks oil fields each day. The pipeline will span four states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.
In March 2014, water flooded the Colorado River’s dry bed. This event, called a pulse flow, occurred when the Morelos Dam, near the United States–Mexico border and Yuma, Arizona, opened its gates and filled the dry bed for eight weeks. The event, similar to the spring floods that halted after the river was dammed, allowed water to reach the Gulf of California for the first time since 1997.
The Bureau of Land Management’s decision to allow mining of molybdenum at Mt. Hope has been challenged by the Great Basin Resource Watch and The Western Shoshone Defense Project. The proposed project is expected to produce 1.2 billion saleable pounds of molybdenum as technical grade molybdenum oxide. However, the Mt. Hope mine has generated controversy regarding access to public water reserves.
Residents in Weed, California, are challenging an Oregon-based timber company that is claiming rights to spring water on land that it owns but that has also supplied the town with drinking water for decades.