KQED Radio Staff
Science and Environment Reporter
Lauren covers environment and science as a reporter with QUEST - KQED's multiplatform science and environmental series. As part of her day job, she has scaled Sierra Nevada peaks, hunted for newts in the rain, and desperately tried to get her sea legs - all in pursuit of good radio. Originally from the Bay Area, Lauren attended Cornell University and has a background in environmental policy. Before joining KQED, she cruised bunny slopes as a ski instructor in Tahoe, California and ate croissants in France as a travel writer for Frommer's. Her work has appeared on Marketplace, Living on Earth, and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Stories (155 archives)
Despite concerns about mudslides in Southern California, this weekend's rain is welcome relief from the drought. Among other things, the state's tight water supplies have put environmental restoration projects in the spotlight, especially the effort to bring salmon back to the state's second longest river, the San Joaquin. Republican House Speaker John Boehner is pushing a bill to kill that project. KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer looks at how this lack of rain is affecting one of the most ambitious restoration efforts in the state.
Governor Jerry Brown's emergency drought declaration allows for easing some environmental rules in the face of low water supplies. That makes environmentalists, and fishing groups, nervous about water being held upstream.
With California's snow pack at just 17 percent of normal, Governor Brown is under growing pressure to declare an official statewide drought. As he noted this week, "governors can't make it rain." But governors can propose massive public works projects -- and the Brown administration is pushing a $25 billion water plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Officials say it would help secure the state?s water supply. But even in a dry year with little rain, finding the money for it is no sure thing.
California water officials have released a $25 billion, 34,000-page draft plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Now comes the public comment period. But there's already been a lot of comment, especially from environmentalists who don't believe the Brown administration is as interested in restoring the Delta as it is in delivering water to the rest of the state.
A lot of Californians are hitting the road this holiday weekend and chances are drivers will see some road kill along on the way. Thousands of animals are hit every year in California -- and that takes a toll on both wildlife and drivers. Nationwide, wildlife collisions cause a billion dollars a year in damage. Some states are taking steps to help animals get across highways safely. As KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer tells us, California has a lot more work to do.