“Dozens of pesticides widely used on Central Valley farm crops have been detected in the bodies of frogs throughout the remote High Sierra, government scientists report in a study demonstrating how pervasive the chemicals are in the mountain environment.
“The study published Friday was conducted by specialists with the U.S.
“Western Nevada County is no stranger to pioneers, but a collaborative consortium of scientists, water agency officials and public policy-makers is foraying into territory of a different ilk.
“The Nevada Irrigation District, in collaboration with members of the Sierra Fund and a Canadian mining company, has developed a mercury machine, a device capable of sifting mercury from the bottom of reservoirs and disposing of it in an environmentally sensitive manner.”
“A submarine designed to explore beneath the ice shelves of Antarctica is taking a detour in Lake Tahoe this week for an unusual expedition.
“The unmanned vessel is diving more than 1,000 feet to scour the lake’s bottom and capture valuable data and high-definition images of an earthquake fault that scientists have wondered about for years.”
“An exhibit detailing efforts by scientists to study the effects of fuel treatments on the Sierra Nevada made its première at UC Merced’s Kolligian Library on Monday. The exhibit introduces the public to the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project, or SNAMP. …
“Professors at UC Merced also are a part of SNAMP, making up one of six teams of professors studying the effect of fuel treatments in the Sierra Nevada.
“Before the first nail is pounded, before the first coat of paint goes on, many simple home improvement projects have already started helping protect Lake Tahoe. That’s because water quality Best Management Practices to minimize stormwater pollution and erosion are required with every significant remodel or house addition project.
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Mammoth Lakes Community Water District announced Thursday that they have reached a compromise settlement over use of the High Sierra ski town’s water supply, ending a dispute whose roots reach back a century.”
“Northern Nevadans were still drying out Tuesday evening, after wild weather inundated the Truckee Meadows for several hours.
“Rain hammered parts of California and Northern Nevada Tuesday. So much water fell in such a short amount of time, the mountains above I-80 near Floriston couldn’t handle it. The hillside gave way, covering westbound lanes with three to eight inches of mud and debris.”
“Assemblyman Brian Dahle, who represents Nevada County in the lower house of the California legislature, brought a delegation of lawmakers to tour the county with an emphasis on understanding how the region plays a pivotal role in the entire state’s past, present and future.
“Forestry, water and fire in the Sierras are things I’m educating them on,” Dahle said of his fellow delegates.”
“California water quality officials have approved strategies designed to reduce the amount of fine sediments discharged into Lake Tahoe, and new rules also prepared to avoid pollution of the landmark alpine lake are now in place, officials said Thursday.”