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The plumes of smoke from the fire, which has burned 141,000 acres in Northern California, get the most attention, but the Camp Fire is leaving other environmental hazards in its wake: toxic ash from burning homes, polluted water, and burning Superfund sites. … “Anything that’s affecting the air quality will eventually affect water quality,” Los Angeles Waterkeeper Executive Director Bruce Reznik told Bloomberg Environment.
Earlier this year, state regulators sent California’s roughly 3,000 community water systems an annual report that included what the authors thought was a reasonable question. How many times in 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board asked, had local providers turned off water to their residential customers? What the question stirred instead was an information revolt, according to Max Gomberg of the Water Board.
In the week following a controlled flood on the Colorado River, Mick Lovett saw lots of fat fish near Lees Ferry, about 15 miles down river from Glen Canyon Dam. The fishing was expected to be excellent in that stretch of the river after the four-day flood stirred up extra food for the fish, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump’s nod for the permanent job.
“Our problem is a society that is unintentionally, but actively, ignoring opportunities because of the cultural perception of wildfire,” said Jack Cohen, who is retired from the U.S. Forest Service where he worked for 40 years as a fire research scientist. That perception, he argues, is based on myth and fear and complicated by an ongoing narrative that attributes conflagrations like the Camp fire to such factors as climate change, overgrown forests and urban encroachment into rural areas.
The biggest storm to hit Northern California in more than seven months is poised to deliver widespread rainfall across the Bay Area and snow to the Sierra Nevada beginning late Tuesday night, a system that will help wash away lingering smoke from the Camp Fire burning in Butte County.
Yuba Water Agency directors will consider moving a half million dollars in property tax revenues into the county’s general fund. Property tax revenues used to be an important source of funding for the Yuba Water Agency.
Scott White announced his resignation as executive director of the Klamath Water Users Association (KWUA) on Monday afternoon, with long-time attorney Paul Simmons stepping into the position in the interim.
Solana Beach, one of the first cities in the state to ban single-use plastic bags and polystyrene food containers, has some new targets. Disposable plastic straws, stirrers, spoons, forks and knives would be prohibited at restaurants, coffee shops and other vendors under a proposal by the City Council.
Do you love birds but will be stuck at a computer Tuesday? The Irvine Ranch Conservancy is hosting a 24-hour “virtual bird watch,” beginning at 9 a.m., featuring a new migratory specimen each hour. A photograph and background information on the featured bird will be posted.
A collaboration between the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and the Earle Baum Center, the .83-mile Vernal Pool Trail winds through an intact 17-acre vernal pool wetland complex at the Baum center and brings major recreational and other benefits to those with sight loss.
A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world’s largest plastic polluting countries.
Thirty years ago, this magazine published “The End of Nature,” a long article about what we then called the greenhouse effect. I [Bill McKibben] was in my twenties when I wrote it, and out on an intellectual limb: climate science was still young. But the data were persuasive, and freighted with sadness.
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman Monday selected Michael Ryan as acting director for the agency’s Mid-Pacific Region. Ryan currently serves as a senior advisor to the Commissioner and has previously served as Reclamation’s Great Plains regional director for 12 years. “Mike brings a wealth of experience in water and power operations and resource management,” said Commissioner Burman. “As acting regional director, Mike will help provide continuity in Reclamation’s role in implementing the President’s Memorandum on Promoting the Reliable Supply and Delivery of Water in the West.”
The Tahoe Fund is actively seeking new project ideas to help solve the challenges facing Lake Tahoe. The nonprofit is interested in projects that will improve lake clarity, outdoor recreation, forest resilience, transportation and stewardship.
On behalf of PID’s Board and staff we would like to express our heartbreak for all our neighbors who are suffering due to the Camp Fire. We are working to restore services in Paradise and look forward to supporting you when you return and rebuild. … All accounts have been placed in a sealed status.
Colorado River water managers have plenty to argue about. But there’s one thing on which nearly everyone who relies on the southwestern river can agree. The foundational document that divvies up the water — the Colorado River Compact — has some big flaws. Discussion on how to fix the compact’s problems is where that consensus breaks down, often with the invocation of one word: renegotiation.
Forecasters say rain might arrive by Thanksgiving to clear away the smoke and mercifully reduce fire danger. But the optimism is tempered by a grim reality. … California has warmed roughly 3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1980 during the autumn months of September, October and November. Rainfall in those months has fallen by about one-third over the same time.