Latest River deltas Stories

2010-06-17 13:35:16

Scientists tracking wetland characteristics find potential good news The Gulf of Mexico: what role will the Mississippi River play in oil washing ashore and into delta wetlands? One of the spill's greatest environmental threats is to Louisiana's wetlands, scientists believe. But there may be good news ahead. Scientists affiliated with the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center headquartered at the University of...

2010-02-17 13:36:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta (Coalition), Kern County Water Agency, Mirant Delta LLC (Mirant Delta), and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have agreed to settle a legal dispute surrounding operation of Mirant's Contra Costa and Pittsburg power plants. The settlement provides for increased monitoring of the aquatic impacts of power plant operations and a specified timeframe to complete consultation with the U.S. Fish and...

2010-01-28 12:41:26

Egypt's rich and agriculturally fertile Nile Delta is being threatened by rising sea waters, forcing farmers to take actions to save their lands. Global warming is having a major impact on the delta region and is putting a huge strain on agriculture, resources, tourism, human migration, and is threatening the fabric of the delta's already fragile ecosystem. Climate changes over the last one hundred years have caused the Mediterranean Sea, which borders the Nile Delta, to rise 6 inches. The...

2009-10-20 15:16:24

Openings in Mississippi levees could build new land in sinking delta Diverting sediment-rich water from the Mississippi River below New Orleans could generate new land in the river's delta in the next century. The land would equal almost half the acreage otherwise expected to disappear during that period, a new study shows. For decades, sea-level rise, land subsidence, and a decrease in river sediment have caused vast swaths of the Mississippi Delta to vanish into the sea. The anticipated...

2009-06-03 16:22:00

Agency Actions Harmful to Listed Species BAKERSFIELD, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta (Coalition) and the Kern County Water Agency (KCWA) have formally sued a number of federal agencies for their failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in relation to their activities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Federal agencies, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Maritime Administration (MARAD), Federal Emergency Management...

2009-03-13 12:35:00

Government Actions Exacerbating Water Crisis BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and the Kern County Water Agency (KCWA) today joined other water users in California by filing suit against federal agencies challenging regulatory restrictions placed on the state's water operations. The severe water supply restrictions have resulted from federal agency actions designed to protect the Delta smelt, a federally protected endangered species that...

2008-07-23 03:00:35

I can't prove it, but I'd be willing to bet that the delta formed by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers is not exactly top of mind for most Californians, if they know about it at all. The marshy triangle south of Sacramento is home to relatively few people. And while thousands drive past it every day on Interstate 5, and houseboaters and fishermen ply its waters on weekends, the delta and its bleak future have made a better topic for policy geeks than dinner table...

2008-07-08 09:00:00

A recent intrusion by Black Sea saltwater into the wetlands of the Kizilirmak Delta in Turkey has increased salt levels in the area's lakes, with negative effects on wildlife in the region, local Today's Zaman reported on Monday. Murat Bulut, chairman of the Black Sea Nature Protection Federation (KARDOGA), was quoted as saying that the increase in the salt levels of the lakes in the Black Sea delta, one of the most important wetlands in Turkey, has been caused by water channels that were...

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