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Fecotopia: From Water Closet to Watershed - by Katy Warner
Fecotopia tells the story of a community in rural California that found a way to turn human waste into a valuable asset for the environment and the community. Three decades ago, the town of Arcata reclaimed a condemned landfill and abandoned log pond to create the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary; a sewage treatment plant like none before it. By following the stories of the animals that live at the marsh, the people who enjoy it, and the history, science and forward-thinking behind the pro...
Posted: Mon Dec 2, 2013 3:53PM
The Greenwashing of Governor Jerry Brown - by Dan Bacher
On March 26, 2012, I received a media advisory from the Governor's office stating that "Governor Edmund G. Brown will attend a reception commemorating Ocean Day this evening sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium where he will receive the 2012 Ocean Champion Award." The event was held that evening at 6 p.m. at the Sutter Club in Sacramento. However, the release noted, "This event is closed to the press."
Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:53AM
Big Oil treated legislators to $13,000 dinner before fracking bill vote - by Dan Bacher
There's no doubt that the Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron and other oil companies use every avenue they can to dominate environmental policy in California, including lobbying legislators, contributing heavily to election campaigns, serving on state regulatory panels, and wining and dining politicians. Until we get the big corporate money out of politics, California will continue to be awash in a sea of oil money.
Posted: Thu Nov 7, 2013 8:45PM
Former MLPA Initiative science official charged with conspiracy to embezzle - by Dan Bacher
Many North Coast residents believe the charges against LeValley call into question the legitimacy of the "science" used to close big areas of the North Coast to fishing and gathering under the MLPA Initiative – while doing nothing to stop pollution, fracking, oil drilling, wind and wave energy projects and all human impacts on the ocean other than fishing and gathering. The validity of the science employed by the MLPA Initiative Science Advisory Team under LeValley’s leadership becomes...
Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 3:25PM
Student display warns of estuary's demise under Bay Delta Conservation Plan - by Dan Bacher
This "Dia de Los Muertos" display is one of the most creative ways yet used to depict what will happen to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta if Governor Jerry Brown's peripheral tunnels are constructed. Kudos to the students at Stockton's Kohl Open School and Restore the Delta for coming up with this superb display!
Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:17AM
Mama Medicine - by Harvest McCampbell
This is Kat Brewer’s personal story. She is one of California’s leading exemplars in the efforts to make not-for-profit medical marijuana available to those who need it most. You will find a dash of politics, a pinch of genetics, and a whole lot of healing, caring, and community in her story.
Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:21PM
Caltrans defends $100 mil. contract with Holocaust tied firm Hochtief for Willits Bypass - by mango protest
Caltrans has hired Hochtief subsidiary Flatiron to build the Willits Bypass to the tune of $100 million. Hochtief built Hitlers bunker, nazi rally sites and Holocaust survivor Samuel Jarnievsky described how their employees liquidated 600 Jews at a work camp here: http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/survivor/jarniewski.html
Posted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:04PM
Take a Stand for the Wetlands - by Save Our Little Lake Valley & Earth First!
½ mile north of the town of Willits, with shuttles from Recreation Grove Park in downtown Willits
Event Date:Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:00PM
Posted: Tue Oct 8, 2013 4:33PM
Environmental Groups Oppose Bay Delta "Conservation" Plan - by Dan Bacher
The Environmental Water Caucus (EWC) says the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) to build the twin tunnels "ignores numerous plans that have been put forth which will solve the Delta’s purported 'crisis' with less costs to ratepayers and the general public and with more ecological certainty." The construction of the peripheral tunnels would hasten the extinction of Central Valley Chinook salmon, steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, green sturgeon and other fish species, as well as imperi...
Posted: Mon Oct 7, 2013 10:51AM
Feds urged to halt fracking off California coast - by Dan Bacher
“Oil companies are fracking California’s beautiful coastal waters with dangerous chemicals, and federal officials seem barely aware of the dangers,” said Miyoko Sakashita, an attorney and director of the Center’s oceans program. “We need an immediate halt to offshore fracking before chemical pollution or an oil spill poisons the whales and other wildlife that depend on California’s rich coastal waters.” Photo of banner over Noyo Harbor bridge during historic protest against t...
Posted: Thu Oct 3, 2013 4:55PM
Court Rules Federal Agency Failed to Protect Whales and Dolphins From Navy Sonar - by Center for Biological Diversity
EUREKA, Calif.— A federal court has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to protect thousands of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions from U.S. Navy warfare training exercises along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.
Posted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:28AM
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Smith River From Destructive Caltrans Highway-widening Project - by Center for Biological Diversity
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.— Conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit (see PDF) on September 23 challenging a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) highway-widening project that threatens endangered salmon runs, ancient redwoods and public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in California’s remote Del Norte County. Caltrans approved a project to widen narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks without adequate review of the imp...
Posted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:48AM
Congressional Candidacy Responds to Earth in Crisis - by Craig Louis Stehr
Veteran Earth First! organizer, pioneering anti-GMO direct action activist, and medical marijuana protester Congressional candidate Andy Caffrey opens 2014 campaign office and Earth First! event center in Humboldt County
Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:57PM
Lockdown to Fill Trucks Halts Caltrans’ Toxic Cover Up on Willits Bypass Wetlands - by Save Little Lake Valley
Willits, CA. Activists protesting the filling of some of California’s last remaining wetlands used steel tubes to lock themselves to a fill truck around 10:15 last night in the wick drain field one mile north of Willits on highway 101. A crowd of supporters gathered holding a banner that read: “Save Our Water, Stop Caltrans Now!”
Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:44PM
Ending California's Deadliest Catch - New Report - by Teri Shore
Today Turtle Island Restoration Network (SeaTurtles.org) published a new online exposé calling for an end to California's drift gillnet fishery for swordfish titled, California's Deadliest Catch. The report was released as new federal emergency fishing regulations published today are forcing California's drift gillnet fleet to stop fishing for the season if a single endangered sperm whale gets entangled in a net.
Posted: Tue Sep 3, 2013 1:54PM
Yurok science drives decision to increase Klamath River flows - by Dan Bacher
“The Yurok Tribe will always take whatever measures are necessary to protect the Klamath River, which is our lifeline,” said Yurok Chairman Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr. “We intervened in this case on behalf the salmon and our people.” Photo of Molli White, Karuk Tribal Member, and Frankie Joe Myers, Yurok Tribal Member, with their son at the protest against the Westlands lawsuit on Wednesday. White and Myers are organizers for the Klamath Justice Coalition, a grassroots direct action g...
Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:09PM
Judge lifts order blocking increased Trinity River releases - by Dan Bacher
"Judge O'Neill seemed to be pressing Tribal and Federal scientists for answers to what salmon need to survive in the Klamath River this year," said Hoopa Valley Tribal biologist Mike Orcutt. "We did our best and hoped and prayed for this decision. The fate of the fish was in the judged hands and he made the right decision."
Posted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:36PM
Feds give away fish water to same growers suing over Trinity releases - by Dan Bacher
“This year’s failure of resource and regulatory agencies to protect fisheries and enforce the law is a poster child for the collapse of the Delta’s ecological tapestry,” said Bill Jennings, Executive Director of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance (CSPA). “The resource agencies have bent over backwards to give San Joaquin Valley farmers additional water, even at the expense of fisheries, and these same farmers quickly sued the agencies when they attempted to release a l...
Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:57PM
Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Log 150,000 Acres in Northern California - by Center for Biological Diversity
Logging Would Devastate Salmon, Let 83 Northern Spotted Owls Be Hurt or Killed YREKA, Calif.— Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service for approving a 50-year plan by Fruit Growers Supply Co. to accelerate logging of occupied spotted owl habitat and for granting “take permits” for endangered species on 150,000 acres of forest in Siskiyou County, Calif.
Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:03PM
Pelican Bay Hunger Striking for Justice - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:28AM