Who owns groundwater? Lawsuit seeks to answer the question

June 21, 2019By Christina Coxchristina@theacorn.com A case making its way through Santa Barbara County Superior Court is challenging the amount of water farm owners can pump from a groundwater basin that sits below Moorpark. The lawsuit was filed more than a year ago, in March 2018, by a group of Ventura County landowners and agricultural … Continue reading “Who owns groundwater? Lawsuit seeks to answer the question”

Polluted Gravel Pit Breached in Flood

From Russianriver Keeper (www.russianriverkeeper.org) Our worst fears were realized in the Feb 28th flood event. The largest gravel pit mine, Syar’s Basalt Pit, had a complete levee failure on a section that had failed in previous floods. The image at left shows the breach in center of picture, with river on the left and Syar … Continue reading “Polluted Gravel Pit Breached in Flood”

The New Pollution: Monterey Bay is Swimming in Microplastic

Kevin Stark Monterey Bay — long considered an environmental success story—is now facing a new threat: tiny particles of plastic from single use drinking and food containers. And scientists are finding that it’s far worse than they suspected. The bay is a national marine sanctuary, a place where environmental protections and sustainable fishing have transformed … Continue reading “The New Pollution: Monterey Bay is Swimming in Microplastic”

US climate policy must protect forests and communities, not the forest industry

By Danna Smith, Opinion Contributor — 03/21/19The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill The introduction of The Green New Deal resolution and the appointment of a House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, has propelled climate change back into the national policy debate. That’s why today, on … Continue reading “US climate policy must protect forests and communities, not the forest industry”

The Impacts of Climate Change and Delta Water

Sierra Club One of the ironies of living in an era of climate change is that it underscores how much we humans have to change. We cannot stop, reduce or adapt to climate change unless we change. Yet, because change is hard, policy influencers who can make a big difference—even the best intentioned—are having a … Continue reading “The Impacts of Climate Change and Delta Water”

Huffman Introduces Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act

Apr 10, 2019Press Release Washington, D.C.-– After incorporating community input and ideas from across northwest California, Rep. Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced his legislation today to guard communities against wildfires, provide local jobs, restore lands impaired by illegal marijuana growing operations, and permanently protect many of northwest California’s spectacular wild places and pristine streams. Senator Kamala … Continue reading “Huffman Introduces Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act”

California’s Public Trust Doctrine Draws Attention in the Courts

February 1, 2019 Legal Notes by Christian Mars The common law public trust doctrine in California has long played an important role in protecting navigable waters and waterfronts for the purposes of public use and enjoyment, such as commerce, navigation, fisheries, recreation and preservation. Cities periodically encounter the doctrine when: Administering tideland grants; Maintaining or operating … Continue reading “California’s Public Trust Doctrine Draws Attention in the Courts”

Newsom declares wildfire emergency, waives environmental rules to expedite projects

By Taryn LunaMar 22, 2019Sacramento The governor’s action marks the latest effort by the state to offset the possibility of catastrophe after back-to-back years of savage wildfires that killed more than 100 people and burned nearly 2 million acres in total. The projects will cost a total of $35 million, which will be paid with … Continue reading “Newsom declares wildfire emergency, waives environmental rules to expedite projects”

Why Gov Newsom and Cal Fire have Violated the Public Trust

March 24, 2019 by CA Chaparral Institute Governor Newsom’s Executive Order to waive environmental protection laws for a large number of Cal Fire’s habitat clearance and logging operations ignores science, dismisses the lessons of the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, and is following the pattern President Trump has established – if facts get in the way … Continue reading “Why Gov Newsom and Cal Fire have Violated the Public Trust”

A massive aquifer lies beneath the Mojave Desert. Could it help solve California’s water problem?

“Cadiz hopes to pump 16.3 billion gallons of water from the desert each year, equivalent to 50,000 acre-feet. A required environmental assessment, paid for by the company, found that 32,000 acre-feet of water would naturally recharge the aquifer each year, an 18,000-acre-foot annual deficit that Cadiz acknowledges would last for the project’s 50-year life. The assessment … Continue reading “A massive aquifer lies beneath the Mojave Desert. Could it help solve California’s water problem?”