Our visit to CAP Headquarters served as a capstone for a unit of learning around water. These students came to CAP a day after presenting their learning to our school community in the form of the 2018 Youth Water Unconference on our campus in downtown Tucson. Attending our conference were students, family members and water professionals from Tucson Water, the Community Water Coalition and Project WET, among others. Now we sit observing water policy discussions at the highest level in the State of Arizona.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced grant awards totaling $385,000 for environmental education projects throughout the Pacific Southwest. “Environmental education is critical to promoting conservation and protection of our natural resources,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “These lessons start in our own backyards, classrooms and in the fields of farmers who work the land. These programs will educate and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.”
This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes: Draft guidelines and PSP released for IRWM grant implementation program; Specialty crop grants available from CDFA, proposals being accepted through Nov. 2; Meadow restoration project shows promise for increasing water flows in the Sierra; Tribal perspectives on fire management to be part of one-hour webinar; Water commission will receive Oroville spillway briefing during next meeting; Affordable water on water association’s agenda for annual conference; Annual conference for resource conservation districts to be held in San Diego.
As we near the end of 2018 with a few more events, our 2019 calendar is starting to fill up. So save the dates for the remaining tours, workshops and conferences of 2018, and the upcoming 2019 tours and workshops, including our popular Water 101 workshop.
A law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will expand California’s requirement to test water in schools for lead to day care centers and pre-schools that serve nearly 600,000 children. The law marks the first time California’s day care centers have been required to test for lead in water. Only two other states require both K-12 schools and day care centers to do such testing.
More than 20,000 visitors and residents joined in the festivities of Oroville’s annual Salmon Festival on September 22 to welcome Chinook salmon back to the Feather River. Each year, the event brings street fairs, salmon barbeques, music, and kids’ activities to Oroville’s historic downtown. Across the “Green Bridge”– built in 1907 – the Department of Water Resources (DWR) led tours of the Feather River Fish Hatchery
In the early years of the nuclear age, scientists at UC Davis began studying the impact of radiation on beagles in a laboratory complex a mile south of the main campus. The lab and an adjacent landfill became a Superfund site, a toxic stew of chemicals, contaminated soils and dangerous metals such as hexavalent chromium and strontium-90.
Applications for one of our most popular programs, Water Leaders, are now available for the 2019 class. Alums of our one-year program say they gained invaluable contacts, exposure to different viewpoints, core knowledge and a big-picture view of California water.
This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes: Countdown is on for next week’s Update 2018 plenary meeting, still time to register; Draft stormwater target report open for public comment throughout October; Workshops will provide information on grants to promote forest health; Up to $49 million in funding for ecosystem project available under Propositions 1 and 68; CNRA releases draft guidelines for cultural and community grants program; Contest offers cash prizes for new insights on Bay Area water quality data
Henderson Middle School, a campus south of Kettleman Lane, sits amid vacant land and several residences in central Lodi and is easy to miss if it doesn’t happen to be your destination. But earlier this year, Henderson began getting unwanted attention when a failed test of the school’s water well revealed the unfortunate truth that the Lodi Unified campus’ water supply was tainted with an excessive level of a chemical deemed by California to be carcinogenic.
Student teams controlling underwater robots from the United States, Canada and Russia were the winners Saturday in a global competition at the only federal freshwater marine sanctuary in the United States.
“For Joshua and about 30 other kids who participated in a trout hatchery program with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the fish release was a reward of sorts for performing well in department’s 29th annual Nature Bowl last month.”
“As Helene Dillard wraps up the first four months as dean of UC Davis’ College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, she must realize how rare an opportunity she has as head of the top agriculture school. With climate change reshaping the world, ag sciences haven’t been at the apex of the public’s interest since the Dust Bowl era.”
From EPA Connect: The Official Blog of EPA’s Leadership, in a post by Bob Perciasepe:
“The EnviroAtlas combines hundreds of separate data layers developed through a collaboration between EPA researchers and their partners from around the country, including the U.S Geological Survey, the U.S. Forest Service, states, and a number of non-profit organizations and universities.”
“The Southern California Montane Botanic Garden, which opens May 10, is designed to be a haven for tourists and a center for education programs promoting the protection of the region’s flora and fauna.”