Danielle Venton

News Reporter/Producer


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images courtesy of LumiGrow

LumiGrow, Inc. in Novato, Calif., makes energy-saving lights for growing plants. The trick, they say, is to use LED lights which emit the colors plants need for photosynthesis. Their technology, they believe, is poised to change the face of agriculture.

Did you breathe easily today? A local tech company may be partly to thank for it. At Sonoma Technology in Petaluma, air quality experts are researching how to predict the movements of fire smoke. The tools they're working on could just save your life.  Watch Sean Raffuse give a brief talk about the importance of fire science.  


Visit the grocery store and you’ll find row after row of washes, toothpastes, cosmetics, and plastic toys labeled “anti-bacterial.” Researchers speaking at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco this week suggested the risks of using antibacterial products probably outweigh the benefits. 

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The Bodega red potato was once a mainstay of life in the North Bay. But, after years of neglect, the heirloom spud nearly died out before being rescued by food historians. Today, the Bodega red is once again a thriving commercial success. A survey of farmers suggested that around 30,000 pounds of Bodega reds were grown for consumption this year. 

Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

A new experiment, called CalWater-2015, begins next month. Planes, research ships and satellites will be recruited to study the dynamics of California's rainfall. In particular, the study will investigate how aerosols--airborne particles--affect precipitation. Study organizers hope the study will rewrite weather forecasts and permanently change how California prepares for storms and manages its reservoirs. 

courtesy Manfred Kittel, CDFW

This summer fisheries biologists took drastic steps: rescuing the remaining juvenile Coho salmon from Redwood Creek in Muir Woods. These roughly 100 fish are now being raised at Warm Springs Dam fish hatchery, at Lake Sonoma, waiting to grow and, one day, return to the wild. 

image courtesy of Kate Lundquist/OAEC

Beavers once lived over almost all of California, before they were trapped to near extinction. They may be staging a comeback, though. On today's North Bay Report KRCB visits with local conservationists who are promoting these animal's unique ability to affect the landscape.

Dry years have wreaked havoc on California’s agriculture and wildlife. What is being done to prepare for dry times that lie ahead? On yesterday’s North Bay Report we examined some of the effects of the current drought on California’s economy and wildlife. Today we examines what Proposition 1 – the recently passed state water bond – will mean for the North Bay.

Peter Moyle/UC Davis

This history of water in California is fraught with disaster, drama and tensions.

"It’s really the history of droughts and floods and lawsuits," says Jay Lund, director of the Center of Watershed Science at the University of California at Davis.

Dry years have wreaked havoc on California’s agriculture and wildlife. What is being done to prepare for dry times that lie ahead? In this first of a two-part series, KRCB Danielle Venton examines what water demands have meant for California’s economy and wildlife, and what can be done to help them in the future. 

Cea Higgins/Sonoma Coast Surfrider Chapter

A settlement between the Russian River Watershed Protection Committee and the Sonoma County Water Agency is leading to improved public access along Sonoma Coast State beaches.