New Online Resources to Help Pollinators

The health of European honey bees and other pollinators continues to be a top priority for both the layman and scientists around the country, but good sources of public information have been hard to come by. Much of the information available has been based on hope, emotional appeal and commercial offerings rather than science-based information. […]

West-wide Snowpack Has Mostly Melted Says Natural Resources Conservation Service

Western state’s snowpack has mostly melted, according to data from the fifth 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). “Across most of the West, snowpack isn’t just low – it’s gone,” NRCS Hydrologist David Garen said. “With some exceptions, this year’s snowmelt streamflow has already occurred.” Garen said that for much […]

California Water Restrictions About to Get Real

Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste, state regulators reported Tuesday, saying residents and communities again fell short of Governor Jerry Brown’s voluntary water savings target. The State Water Resources Control Board received the update as it considers sweeping mandatory emergency drought regulations to protect […]

Mycologist Paul Stamets Discovers Natural Pesticide

According to EWA health and nature website, the world’s leading mycologist, Paul Stamets, registered a patent back in 2006 that didn’t much draw media attention and exposure, which is unusual because the patent is described “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” The patent is potentially most disruptive for the agricultural branch of the […]

California Governor Announces $1 Billion in Emergency Drought Measures

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, and Republican Leaders Senator Bob Huff and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing drought. According to California’s Office of Public Affairs, the $1 billion package will expedite bond funding approved […]

Ventura County Nursery Implicated in Sharpshooter Outbreak

Marin County Department of Agriculture officials confirmed the discovery of Glassy-winged Sharpshooters during a routine agricultural inspection. Wednesday’s announcement identified a shipment of nursery plants from Ventura County as the source of the insects. The Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis (formerly H. coagulata), feeds on grapevines and almond trees by penetrating plant stems and sucking out fluids and […]