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Amy Quinton

Environment Reporter

Amy Quinton has more than 13 years experience in public radio. Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was the Environment Reporter. At NHPR, she spent countless hours in the state legislature reporting on energy and environmental policy. She also became Interim News Director, managing NHPR's daily news coverage from reporters and stringers across the state. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, NC, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace." She started her career in television news but quickly discovered that public radio allowed her the time to do the in-depth journalism that she loved. During her career, Amy has received numerous awards for her reporting, including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism presented by the Society of Professional Journalists.

    Stories by Amy Quinton

  • Richard Vogel / AP

    State Orders Injection Well Closures In Central Valley

    Wednesday, March 04, 2015

    California state regulators have ordered a dozen "injection wells" in the Central Valley shut down to protect drinking water from contamination. The wells are used to dispose of wastewater from oil production.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Water Conservation Rate Drops As Does Water Content In Snow

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    California’s water supply continues to diminish. The water content in the Sierra snowpack is the worst it’s been this time of year since 1991. Water conservation rates are equally dismal, dropping dramatically in January.

  • Photo / Curtis Jerome Haynes

    More Water Deliveries Through State Water Project

    Monday, March 02, 2015

    What little bit of rain California received in December and February was just enough to help reservoir storage. The Department of Water Resources announced it will increase water deliveries through the State Water Project.

  • Feds Reduce Water Allocation For California

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    The US Bureau of Reclamation says most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will face a second year with no water from the Central Valley Project. Some farmers and cities may receive more.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California Lawmakers Will Examine Ways To Capture Stormwater

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    The California drought has state lawmakers looking for creative and affordable ways to increase the state’s water supply. A legislative hearing Wednesday will highlight ways that could make it easier to capture stormwater.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Residents, Farmers Describe Drought Impacts At Marathon State Water Resources Board Hearing

    Thursday, February 19, 2015

    The California Water Resources Control Board heard emotional testimony for at least 12 hours yesterday from people worried about how the state should manage its dwindling supply of water during the drought.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Wildlife Officials Take Steps To Restore Largest Salmon Run in California

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    State and federal fish and wildlife agencies will take a significant step Wednesday in restoring what was once the largest salmon run in California. Thousands of hatchery-raised spring-run Chinook salmon will be released into the San Joaquin River.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Efforts To Save Endangered White Abalone Paying Off

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    The endangered white abalone was once abundant along the California Coast. But decades of overfishing devastated the sea snail population. Researchers’ attempts to bring back the abalone are paying off.

  • Senate Democrats Embrace Governor's Climate Change Goals

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Senate Democrats have unveiled legislation that would fulfill California Governor Jerry Brown's climate change goals of reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Ranchers Bouncing Back, But Still Feel Effects Of Drought

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    California ranchers are bouncing back after the drought forced many of them to sell their livestock last winter. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton talks to two ranchers she visited last year to see how they're doing.