Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday she’s not backing down on her agency’s efforts to implement a new rule that would assert regulatory authority over many of the nation’s streams and wetlands despite criticisms that it amounts to a federal water grab.
As if the heat wasn’t enough, the remnants of another hurricane are bearing down on the region, promising to propel more of the wild, sometimes destructive storms that have plagued the Inland area this summer.
Steelhead trout once returned in strong numbers to Sonoma Valley from the ocean and San Pablo Bay, swimming up Sonoma Creek to the sheltered waters of Stuart Creek, an ideal stream for spawning and rearing with its rocky bed and abundance of aquatic vegetation and insects.
Conservationists and farmers can help each other out, it seems. A program unfolding around this region is helping rice farmers get their fields flooded and providing valuable habitat for migratory birds.
It’s part of the Raley’s Living Local 50 program, which seeks out products from within a 50-mile radius of the store — the same concept that makes farmers markets and stores like S&S Produce such a success, but is so rare in chain supermarkets.
The effort to break up California into six states suffered a major setback last week when the secretary of state’s office said the initiative didn’t qualify for the ballot. A blow, for sure, but not necessarily the fatal one that its opponents have been crowing about all weekend.
“Global warming” is a phrase so identified with Democrats and Al Gore that now that the reality is upon us, it’s not only creating extreme weather, but a dilemma for conservatives: What should they call this phenomenon without sounding like they’ve caved in to liberal ideas?
California Governor Jerry Brown’s $25 billion twin tunnel water diversion project is getting no love from Washington these days. First, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would violate the Clean Water Act. Now, California lawmakers are trying to pull the plug on federal funding to help launch the project.
Despite serious environmental concerns, the California Energy Commission has given a preliminary green light to a second big solar project in the California desert by BrightSource Energy of Oakland with investment partners Google of Mountain View and NRG Energy of Houston.
The torrential Hurricane Norbert-fueled storm that dumped more than 3 inches of rain in 90 minutes east of Hemet on Sept. 7 was but one of three noteworthy 2014 weather events in the San Jacinto Valley.