Category: Blythe

River Insect Study

tive Flows Might Mitigate Negative Impacts The decline of aquatic insects downstream from some hydroelectric dams has been linked to a widespread practice known as hydropeaking, whereby river flows are increased during the day when electricity demands are large, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey, along with researchers from Oregon State University, Utah State University and Idaho State University. Findings show it may be possible to mitigate these negative effects by using alternative hydropower practices.Aquatic insects play an essential role in river food webs and are the main food source for countless species of fish, birds, bats and other wildlife. This study identified how abrupt water level changes affect aquatic insects in every stage of life, which is an important step toward understanding how to potentially improve river health downstream of hydropeaking dams throughout the world. The research was based in part on a large citizen science project with more than 2,500 insect samples taken on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, downstream of Glen Canyon Dam. This dataset was collected almost entirely by river guides, educational groups, and other citizen scientists. Researchers also tested the effects of abrupt water levels changes on river health by comparing insect diversity across 16 large dammed rivers in the western United States that vary in the degree of hydropeaking. The full report is available online in the...

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WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM THUR TO 5 PM PDT SATURDAY.

Low pressure will drop in from the northwest bringing strong winds to the entire region. San Bernardino County will see it first on Thursday with Southwest wind gusts to 55 mph. As the cold front pushes south Friday & Saturday everyone will see winds shift to the North and gust to 50 mph. Be sure to secure loose objects ahead of the strong winds. WIND ADVISORY  IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM THUR TO 5 PM PDT SATURDAY. WINDS WILL INCREASE THUR MORNING AND PEAK LATE  THUR AFTERNOON.THEN DECREASE THUR NIGHT. WINDS ARE  THEN EXPECTED TO INCREASE AGAIN FRIDAY.& THEN GRADUALLY DECREASE THROUGH SATURDAY.  WINDS THURSDAY SOUTHWEST 30 TO...

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Wildfire 50% Contained

The Topock fire south of Needles is 50% contained. Authorities said the wet weather has helped prevent spread of the fire that started on the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge early Wednesday morning. The fire crossed the Colorado River Wednesday and spread rapidly, pushed by strong winds. The fire covers some 2,200 acres. The team that has been managing the fire hopes to withdraw tomorrow afternoon, leaving local agencies in charge of mop up...

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13 Hurt in Boat Crash

13 people were hurt in a high speed boating accident on the Colorado River late Saturday afternoon. Three people were critically injured, but only one remained in critical condition by Monday afternoon. The Riverside County Sheriff’s office is investigating the crash of the 20 foot boat about thirty miles north of the California community of Blythe. A witness indicated the vessel failed to negotiate a turn and crashed into some rocks along the shoreline. Sheriff’s deputy Mike Vasquez said investigators believe alcohol played a role in the...

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