“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.”
“Today’s dairies are raised and sloped to prevent the accumulation of rainwater. The water is collected in a lagoon and used to irrigate crops. There is no runoff into lakes and streams. … The claim that nitrate from cow manure is ruining our water supplies is likewise misplaced.”
“Lanare [west of Fresno], like scores of other impoverished California communities where the water is unsafe to drink, could be eligible for a share of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state funds to improve drinking water tainted by agricultural use and naturally occurring contaminants.
“Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, has been shepherding 10 bills through the Legislature that would free up funding and streamline bureaucratic processes when it comes to drinking-water improvements across California.”
“Communities in the east Coachella Valley face high, unhealthy levels of air and water pollution, especially when compared with the western part of the region, according to a first-of-its-kind report from UC Davis that local activists say validates what they have been saying for years.
“In 1959, [Charles] Goldman, a limnologist and UC Davis professor, formed the Tahoe Research Group and began regular and extensive testing of Lake Tahoe.
On Friday evening, Goldman gave a presentation at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village entitled “The impact of climactic change and global warming on inland waters of the world.”
“On June 10th, the Environmental Protection Agency had committed to propose its updates to our nation’s programs to manage polluted runoff. Across the country, our communities have grown faster than our ability to deal with polluted runoff which has quickly become the number one source of water pollution in the country.
“A fight is brewing, particularly in Davis, where opponents say fluoridation amounts to a widespread medication of residents that harms people and the environment. While the county’s health and education establishment has endorsed fluoridation, grass-roots activists are organizing the opposition effort.”