Why We Need The Salton Sea

by Christian Schoneman  | The Salton Sea, near Californa’s southern border, is a GREAT place. It is home to lots of birds, a State Recreation Area, a State Wildlife Area, and a National Wildlife Refuge. It is California’s largest lake. It has been a military training ground and a set for movies. NASA uses it […]

Air We Can Not Breathe

The Ongoing Fight Against Environmental Injustice    |   by Marina Barragan   |   When you talk about current events you are usually discussing an event that happened recently, something that happened today, yesterday, and sometimes they are even talking about ongoing events. When I am talking about the right to breathe I am talking […]

Blowing In The Wind

Airborne Dust and Valley Fever    |   By Edie Harmon and Craig Deutsche   |   It began with a mild cough that would not go away. After three weeks it was apparent that something was seriously wrong. When the cough became so racking that sleep was impossible, medical intervention was sought. The doctor listened to […]

Join The Re-vole-ution

Bringing a Tiny Mammal Back from the Brink   |   by Tanya Henderson   |   “What is a vole?” That is a question that I often hear when telling people about the Amargosa Conservancy’s work on behalf of the Amargosa Vole. Voles are small (larger than a mouse, but smaller than most rats), stocky, short tailed […]

Death Valley’s Wettest October On Record

Floods  |  By Birgitta Jansen  |   “I’ve never in my life been so scared,” said Isabelle Woodward as she told the tale of Sunday evening, October 18, 2015. On that night a major storm was flooding Grapevine Canyon in the park’s north end. Isabelle, a park guide at Scotty’s Castle, and her husband Mike […]

Three New National Monuments In The California Desert

Moving Forward with Protection  |  by Laura Cunningham  |   Desert lovers applauded the declaration on February 12 of three new national monuments in the California Desert. Using the Antiquities Act, the President issued proclamations creating the monuments after more than a decade of legislative work by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as well as tireless […]

The Clock is Ticking at the Salton Sea

Air, Water, Health, And Habitat Are At Stake  |  By Kim Delfino  |   Fourteen years ago, the California State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) and California Legislature decided to approve the largest agriculture-to-urban transfer of water in the country. At its peak, the water transfer would move more than 367,000 acre-feet of Colorado […]

Mining, Environment, And Politics

Oak Flat is an Old Story  |  By Roger Featherstone  | The Apache Leap Escarpment towers above the mining town of Superior, Arizona, an hour east of Phoenix. This site is sacred to Native Americans and lies on the western edge of the Oak Flat Plateau. An ecological and recreational haven, this larger area is under […]

Lane Mountain Milk-vetch – Back from the Brink, or Not?

By Connie Rutherford  | In April 1985, botanist Mark Bagley and his field crew were picking their way across the bajadas of Area B, on the Army’s Fort Irwin National Training Center (NTC) north of Barstow when they stumbled upon a plant species that hadn’t been seen in 44 years: it was the enigmatic Lane […]

Uranium Mining Puts Grand Canyon At Risk

Mining, Environment, and Politics  |   By Steve Martin  | For years, my family has visited Grand View Point, where, in the 1880s, stagecoach passengers first glimpsed the Grand Canyon. At this forgotten and quiet spot, we stand at the rim and hold our breath. Six feet ahead, the ground drops 5,000 feet into a […]