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”

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?”

The future of the Clean Water Rule is in our hands

The EPA wants to reduce protections for headwater streams. Stand up for clean water today! Whether you fish or just simply understand the value of clean water, there is no law more important than the Clean Water Act. In 2015, the EPA developed a rule that affirmed Clean Water Act protections for “intermittent and ephemeral … Continue reading “The future of the Clean Water Rule is in our hands”

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations Leads Suit Against State Water Board to Protect Salmon in the Water Quality Control Plan

January 28, 2019 Maven Breaking News From the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA): On Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, a coalition of environmental, fishing, and Native American groups led by the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) filed suit against the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). Plaintiffs demand that the … Continue reading “Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations Leads Suit Against State Water Board to Protect Salmon in the Water Quality Control Plan”

The Insect Apocalypse is Here

What  does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? (Excerpt from New York Times Magazine)Brooke Jarvis, November 27, 2018 In 2013, Krefeld entomologists confirmed that the total number of insects caught in one nature reserve was nearly 80 percent lower than the same spot in 1989. They had sampled other sites, analyzed old … Continue reading “The Insect Apocalypse is Here”

Clear-Cutting Forests

There is a clear-cut connection between healthy forests and that of water quantity, water quality, and climate that our society and wildlife depend.  This has been true even before the realization that Global Warming/Climate Change Impacts should have stopped this practice in its tracks. The value of forests to all of the above supercede the value … Continue reading “Clear-Cutting Forests”

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land

November 6, 2018, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. When these insects emerge as flying adults, they can pass drugs to spiders, birds, bats, and other streamside foragers. These findings by an … Continue reading “Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land”

California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects the argument that California’s Sustainable … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”