“Officials in Grass Valley are looking to the state for help on costly water-handling mandates they say will impact customers and dampen development.
“In February, Grass Valley’s state-issued water standards were increased so that the city falls in line with the expectations and requirements of much larger, more dense urban areas, said Grass Valley’s Public Works Director and City Engineer Tim Kiser.”
“A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region’s recreation industry.
“Many opponents worry the proposal would do more to protect frogs and toads than nonnative trout — a top tourist draw in mountain resort communities where cash registers ring up purchases by vacationers, hikers and fishing enthusiasts this time of year.”
“Nevada County’s law enforcement and environmental health officials usually are the only ones to see first-hand the devastation wrought by Mexican cartels that grow marijuana in remote, rugged areas that are rarely visited by the public.
“A recent raid on such a grow on private land near Bowman Lake was a near-perfect example of the undesirable impacts such operations can have on the county’s vital watersheds.”
“The proliferation of marijuana grows in Nevada County and the rest of California harms the environment — and in extreme cases, presents a significant health and safety risk to the general public, according to public officials and scientists.”
“As political leaders from California and Nevada gathered on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe to discuss ways to protect it, environmentalists protested that a bill in California could reverse nearly two decades of environmental improvements. …
“It is co-sponsored by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), a preeminent environmental voice, and Republican Sen.
“Progress is being made toward restoring the clarity of Lake Tahoe, but the job’s not over yet. That was the message from key-note speaker former Vice President Al Gore at Monday’s 17th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit. …
“Gore was present at the first Tahoe summit when then-President Bill Clinton authorized more than 400 million dollars for restoration projects. Senators from California and Nevada are supporting a renewal of that funding.
“The two states are also in the process of renewing a bi-state agreement to manage the lake.
“The importance of collaboration was highlighted at the [Lake Tahoe] summit, which was represented in the lineup of speakers: U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, California Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, with former Vice President Al Gore as the keynote speaker.”
“Committing to continued partnership with the State of Nevada, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a joint proclamation with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval prior to today’s 17th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit to boost cooperation on wildfire protection and preparedness efforts in the Tahoe Basin.”
“Lake Tahoe has friends in high places, like Capitol Hill. …
“Even as local, state and federal leaders prepare to convene Monday for the 17th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Congress is contemplating a proposal to spend an additional $415 million on Tahoe-related projects.
“Lake Tahoe and the environmental perils it faces will be back in the spotlight Monday as hundreds of leading scientists, elected officials and environmentalists convene for an annual forum touting successes and identifying new challenges that threaten its famed clear waters.
“Former Vice President Al Gore, who for decades has warned of the perils of climate change, will give the keynote address at Sand Harbor State Park, with the lake’s aqua marine waters and majestic ring of mountains as a backdrop.”
“The Lake Tahoe Summit will take place Aug. 19 at Sand Harbor State Park. Former Vice President Al Gore is scheduled to make the keynote speech. The event is heralded as a chance for Lake Tahoe scientists to get their work in front of policymakers.”
“Scientists studying invasive species at Lake Tahoe are looking forward to a chance to press for more long-term research when Al Gore returns to an environmental summit next weekend that he helped kick off 17 years ago to combat threats to the azure lake’s clarity.”
“The Placer County Water Agency approved a two-stage double-digit increase in water rates at its meeting Thursday. … The rate hike was largely based on a sharp increase the agency will pay to acquire water from Pacific Gas and Electric Co.”
“Placer Land Trust has teamed with the Emigrant Trails Greenway Trust to acquire another 160 acres of land on the North Fork American River at Gillis Hill, guaranteeing a five-mile stretch of the river stays forever wild and scenic.”
“Lake Tahoe experienced an ‘amazing’ rebound in clarity in 2012 to mark a second straight year of improvement, although scientists say studies of long-term trends show climate change continues to take a toll on the waters.
“The findings were part of the annual ‘Tahoe: State of the Lake’ report released by