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Neighbors Break Ground on Santa Cruz’s First Community Orchard - by via Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project
The first public orchard in the city of Santa Cruz, Riverside Community Orchard, has been approved at Riverside Gardens Park in the Lower Ocean neighborhood. Fruit trees will be planted on February 8th, 2015 in an atmosphere of community celebration. Future harvests – apples, pears, citrus, and more – will be freely available to community gardeners, neighbors, and the general public.
Posted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:54PM
Lawsuit Challenges California Plan Allowing Pesticide Spraying on Schools, Homes - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN FRANCISCO— Eleven groups and the city of Berkeley sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture today (see PDF) over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying over homes in rural areas. California approved the program despite tens of thousands of public comment letters calling for a less toxic approach that would protect the vitality and resilience o...
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:32PM
Groups criticize California work plan for water bond storage projects - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta and the Environmental Water Caucus told the California Water Commission that the Commission's work plan for the regulations and guidelines for implementing Chapter 8 of the water bond is "too narrow" for eligible projects. They also said the Commission should prioritize storage projects that do not require new surface water rights, and should prioritize sustainable water projects. Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at his inauguration in Sacramento on January 5, 2015 by Dan Ba...
Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:32AM
Oil lobbyist/former MLPA chair praises release of fracking EIR - by Dan Bacher
“While we are pleased with the state's process on implementing Senate Bill 4, it is important to note the draft EIR contemplates hypothetical development scenarios and provides a high level review. To date, well stimulation in California has never been associated with any known adverse environmental impacts,” claimed Reheis-Boyd. California Department of Fish and Wildlife map of South Coast marine protected areas created under the privately-funded Marine Life Protection Act Initiative...
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:33PM
Straight Talk About Klamath River Water and Salmon - by Felice Pace
A new government legal opinion that will help Klamath-Trinity salmon will do nothing to mitigate or end the high rate of salmon diseases in juvenile salmon migrating down the Klamath River. In 2014 100% of those juvenile fish were infected with diseases that are related to low flows and poor water qulaity. Three tribal governments are silent about these problems because they have agreed to a water deal which maximizes irrigation water diversion and delivery in the Upper Klamath River Basin in...
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:57AM
Jerry Brown's True "Green Legacy" - the Death of the Delta? - by Dan Bacher
Salmon, steelhead and other fish survived thousands of years of California's erratic weather, including long periods of droughts, massive floods and huge earthquakes, but they may not survive the policies of Jerry Brown, California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird and Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Chuck Bonham. Photo of opening day of steelhead season on the American River, January 1 2015, by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:25AM
Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline! (video/quicktime 16.4MB) - by Bill Carpenter
San Francisco demonstrated the evening of January 13th before the U.S. State Department's field office of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at 235 Pine Street.
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:48PM
California toxic waters rise despite decades of regulations and expenditure of $50 billion - by Patrick Porgans
Below is a groundbreaking report on how California toxic waters are rising despite decades of regulations and an expenditure of $50 billion. This report is very timely, considering the passage of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown's water bond, and the collapse of Delta smelt and other pelagic fish species and American River steelhead to record low population levels. For more information, go to: http://www.planetarysolutionaries.org
Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:40AM
California Oil Officials Release Deeply Flawed Fracking Environmental Review - by Center for Biological Diversity
SACRAMENTO— California oil regulators today released a draft environmental review of fracking that fails to adequately analyze many major risks from fracking, including air and water pollution and risks to public health. The review by California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources was released even though state scientists are still six months away from completing their analysis of the risks and harms of the controversial form of oil and gas extraction.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:56PM
DPR Recommendations Leave Schoolchildren, Rural Communities At Risk from Pesticides - by via Californians for Pesticide Reform/MBCLC
Sacramento, CA – Today the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced new “recommended restrictions” on the use of chloropicrin, a cancer-causing pesticide used widely on California strawberries. Health, environmental and rural advocates say that DPR ignored its own scientists in developing today’s proposal, and that the recommended restrictions fall far short of protecting schoolchildren and rural residents from harmful exposures to the toxic pesticide.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:01PM
Statewide Tour Urges Governor Brown to Stop Fracking - by Dan Bacher
“California is at a crossroads," said David Braun of Californians Against Fracking and an organizer of the tour. "Our governor and our elected officials need to decide if we’re going to be a real leader on climate change, or if we will continue to allow fracking and other dangerous extractions methods that put our communities and environment at risk." Photo of Governor Jerry Brown at his inauguration in Sacramento on January 5, 2015 by Dan Bacher.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:16AM
XL Pipeline Decision at Critical Junction - by Report from Palo Alto, CA
Last week the Nebraska Supreme Court cleared the way for the XL pipeline to cross that state. On January 12th the U.S. Senate advanced a Keystone XL pipeline bill, while the House passed its version of a pipeline bill just a few days earlier. In Palo Alto, California, members of the Stanford University community joined a protest in which they expressed their concern and raised voices against further degradation of the environment.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:35AM
San Jose City Council Unanimously Votes to Oppose Central Coast Oil Train Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
SAN JOSE, Calif.— On January 13, San Jose became the latest city to oppose the proposed Phillips 66 oil train offloading facility in San Luis Obispo County. The city council voted unanimously to prepare a letter to the San Luis Obispo Planning Commission expressing serious concerns about the dangers of the project. If approved, this facility would bring mile-long oil trains carrying 2.5 million gallons of crude nearly every day through densely populated centers including San Jose.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:31AM
Tunnel critics respond to secret settlement as Delta smelt nears extinction - by Dan Bacher
Restore the Delta Executive Director Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla stated, “The idea that the Westlands Water District can secretly negotiate a settlement with the Federal Government that secures Westlands’ water rights, by circumventing state water rights, and that lets Westlands walk away from hundreds of millions of dollars of debt that they owe to U.S. taxpayers is incomprehensible."
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:37PM
Drakes Bay Oyster Company ruins - by D. Boyer
I returned to Drakes Estero after the Drakes Bay Oyster Company was shut down. And this is what I noticed.
Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:34AM
Delta smelt reaches new record low in fall survey - by Dan Bacher
"The 2014 Delta Smelt index is 9, making it the lowest index in FMWT history," wrote Steven Slater, CDFW environmental scientist, in a memo revealing the results of the survey. "Delta Smelt abundance was highest in 1970 and has been consistently low since 2003, except in 2011."
Posted: Fri Jan 9, 2015 7:47PM
Organizations to Launch Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign in February - by Santa Cruz News
Groups supporting the establishment a Redwoods National Monument in the Santa Cruz Mountains will kick-off their campaign on Thursday, February 12, featuring former Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz. Organizations hope to encourage President Obama to designate 5800 acres of Coast Dairies property, North of Wilder Ranch State Park, and South of Swanton, into a permanently protected and publicly accessible National Monument. Representatives o...
Posted: Thu Jan 8, 2015 11:49PM
Mystery Condor Discovered by Biologists - by via Ventana Wildlife Society
Over the holidays, Ventana Wildlife Society biologists discovered a mystery condor at its wildlife sanctuary in Big Sur, California. This juvenile condor was seen with adult condors, #209, aka "Shadow" and #231, aka "Wild 1", which are a breeding pair. This pair of condors is suspected of nesting in a remote portion of the Ventana Wilderness in the Arroyo Seco drainage and are the most likely parents for the mystery bird. Biologists have never entered the nest because of the area's inaccessib...
Posted: Thu Jan 8, 2015 8:13PM
Federal Government Agrees to Release Environmental Activist Eric McDavid from Prison Because It Withheld Documents from Him at Trial - by Civil Liberties Defense Center
Re: U.S. v. McDavid, Case No. 06-cr-0035 (U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California)
Posted: Thu Jan 8, 2015 3:38PM
Govenor Brown targets 50 per cent renewables by 2030 while fracking continues - by John Englart (Takver)
California Governor Jerry Brown announced at his inauguration that Climate Change action would be prominent for his next 4 years of his administration. But all is not well in California with large public opposition to shale oil fracking championed by Governor Brown, and the state still being in the worst drought in 1,200 years exacerbated by high temperatures due to climate change. Fracking Opposition groups have adopted the slogan "Governor Brown: Climate Leaders Don't Frack".
Posted: Wed Jan 7, 2015 2:24AM