When it comes to caring about the Earth, California got to the party long before it was fashionable. We had to; it was either that or learn to enjoy breathing smog. Instead of listening to those who insisted our air, water and earth couldn’t be cleaned up, we put science to work doing just that.
Local, state and federal officials over the years have launched numerous efforts to address the problems and avoid potential new ones like invasive mussels, with limited success. … Now, a bill sponsored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, is offering new hope for lake improvements.
City officials say their latest actions have more to do with Sausalito’s role in the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency than a crackdown on anchor-outs. The agency, formed in 1985 by the county and Sausalito, Mill Valley, Belvedere and Tiburon, is responsible for maintaining and improving the water and shoreline of Richardson Bay.
Mostly clear, sunny skies are in store for the weekend jammed pack with Earth Day volunteer and educational events throughout the county. Temperatures are expected to be mild in the mid to high 60s inland with a coastal breeze out in West Marin, according to the National Weather Service.
The early 1990s were the start of a sizzling decade for ChemFab, a producer of specialized plastics. The company’s water-repelling, heat-resistant fabrics were everywhere. … In several New England states, though, the company’s shine has worn away in the last year. State officials identified Saint-Gobain’s Merrimack facility, along with sister production sites in New York and Vermont, as sources of chemical contamination of household wells and public drinking water supplies.
It has been almost seven years since a rupture in a pipeline owned by Enbridge, Inc. poured 1.2 million gallons of Canadian tar sands oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River and tributaries. … The Michigan disaster alerted the country to the risks that fossil fuel pipelines pose to freshwater resources. Ensuring the safety of rivers, lakes, and aquifers is now the primary civic principle driving public protests against fossil fuel pipelines all across the country.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Linda S. Adams and Karen L. Hathaway:
As early as next month, the State Water Resources Control Board could take up the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s recommendation for the maximum level of copper particulates allowed in Marina del Rey, one of the largest man-made harbors in the world.
“California legislators have recycled a bill aimed at making the state the first in the nation to ban plastic grocery bags — and the new effort gained momentum Wednesday despite fierce industry opposition and passionate appeals from workers who say the measure threatens their livelihoods.”
“Six days after dead fish began appearing on the surface of Menifee Lake, little has been done to clean up the private water body. And baring any public health issues, government officials say they have little – if any – control over it.”
“The first water standard in the nation for chromium-6 has drawn fire from Erin Brockovich and residents of the town the movie about her made famous. And water providers, the chemical industry and consumer protection groups also aren’t thrilled with the new standard.”
“The California Environmental Protection Agency has released a statewide list of census tracts most burdened by pollution, providing a first-of-its-kind ranking certain to pressure regulators to clean up neighborhoods with long-standing health risks.”